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PMF 2022 Audition Information

PMF 2023 audition information will be announced in November.

PMF 2023 Orchestra Academy
Program period: July 6 – August 2, 2023
Eligibility: Orchestral instrumentalists between the ages of 18 and 29 as of July 1, 2023
Application deadline: January 18, 2023 at 12:00pm (noon) Japan Standard Time

The information below is from PMF 2022, included here for reference only.

PMF 2022 Orchestra Academy Auditions

The Pacific Music Festival (PMF) is an international educational music festival held annually in Sapporo, Japan.
Applications are now being accepted for the PMF 2022 Orchestra Academy.


All auditions for PMF 2022 will take place online via “Acceptd”. Applicants must have or make their own personal Acceptd account in order to apply. We will not hold live auditions, nor receive materials by postal mail. Please submit your recorded video audition materials online.
Please note that there will be no harp auditions in 2022.

*In the event of worsening pandemic conditions forcing PMF to cancel international participation in 2022, we plan to invite successful applicants living outside Japan to instead be members of the PMF 2023 Academy.

AUDITION ELIGIBILITY Orchestral instrumentalists between the ages of 18 and 29 as of July 1, 2022
REPERTOIRE Please refer to the audition repertoire list here
SUBMISSION FEES $30 USD *This usage fee for submitting an application through Acceptd is payable only by credit card and is non-refundable.
APPLICATION DEADLINE February 16, 2022 at 12:00 noon Japan Standard Time
RESULTS Audition results will be announced by April 2022.


In 2022, the Pacific Music Festival Orchestra (PMFO) will perform Brahms' Symphony No. 2 under the baton of Principal Conductor Lahav Shani. Also, Guest Conductor Ken-David Masur will lead the PMFO in Mendelssohn's Symphony No. 5 "Reformation."
Faculty will include internationally renowned soloists and principal players from the Wiener Philharmoniker, Berliner Philharmoniker, Philadelphia Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, and other major orchestras of the United States.

Daily life as a PMF Academy member

Orchestral and chamber music coachings, rehearsals, masterclasses, and concerts.
PMF 2022 Conductors

Sunday, July 10 – Wednesday, August 3, 2022
Although the first concert is on Saturday, July 16, 2022, all participants are expected to arrive in Sapporo on July 10 for the orientation, seating auditions, and rehearsals. International arrival dates will need to take required quarantine periods into account.
The festival will be completed and members will leave for home from Tokyo on Tuesday, August 3.

For successful applicants, PMF covers educational costs, round-trip flight costs between the city of origin and Sapporo*, travel costs within Japan, and shared-room accommodations during the festival period. Meals or stipends are provided during the festival period. Participants are responsible for basic travel insurance fees, visa application fees (if necessary), travel costs to/from the local airport (including instrument-carrying costs), and any other personal expenses. *Any costs resulting from deviations from a round trip will be the participant's responsibility.


  1. State your name at the beginning of the video recording, clearly and slowly. (This is used to write the names of successful applicants in phonetic Japanese, in programs, etc., so clear pronunciation is important.)
  2. Repertoire must be recorded in the listed order, with no piano accompaniment.
  3. Audio-only recordings will not be accepted.
  4. Video(s) must be recorded in one time-sequence, with no interruptions or cuts between the excerpts.
  5. Please upload either 1) one file with a single performance of the solo piece(s) and orchestral excerpts, or 2) two files – one with the solo piece(s) and one with the excerpts.
  6. If necessary due to space limitations, percussion applicants may make one cut after the timpani excerpts and submit 2 files.
  7. Aside from a single cut between the concerto video and excerpt video (if desired), videos should not be edited in any way.
  8. The total length of the audition video(s) must be less than 20 minutes, including performances with auxiliary instruments.
  9. The video must have been recorded in or after December, 2021.
  10. Videos can be sent via YouTube instead. For your privacy, make sure videos are set to "Unlisted." [Updated on February 7]
  11. File-types supported: MPEG, MPG, MP4, OGG, MOV, AVI, WMV, M4V, VOB, FLV
  12. Any video quality is acceptable. Be aware that very large files can take significant amounts of time to upload.


*Google Chrome or Firefox are recommended. “Acceptd” does not support Internet Explorer.

*It is recommended that you use a desktop or laptop computer to apply, as there is a possibility of technical issues arising when using a smartphone.

*Creating your own “Acceptd” account is free, but a $30 USD non-refundable usage fee will be incurred when submitting your online application. This usage fee must be paid with a credit card. No form of payment aside from a credit card will be accepted (this credit card does not have to be the applicant’s own). Applicants are responsible for any and all expenses related to preparation of application materials (video recordings, etc.).

The following credit cards may be used:

*It is possible to complete your application form first and upload your video recordings at a later date, but failure to complete the entire process by the stated deadline will result in the application not being accepted.

  1. Access "Acceptd" online, and either create your own personal Acceptd account or log in to your existing account. Make sure that you are able to receive email from, as confirmation emails and more will be sent from that address.
  2. Access the Acceptd PMF landing page
  3. Choose a program and your instrument. Complete your online application form, filling in all required information.
  4. Upload your recorded audition materials. Video recordings are required. Audio-only recordings will not be accepted. Upload times vary widely, depending on your internet connection speed.
  5. A preview page will appear.
  6. Enter the credit card information and pay the non-refundable usage fee. Once uploaded, videos cannot be altered or replaced.


The deadline for applications is February 16, 2022 at 12:00pm (noon) Japan Standard Time. Please note that the deadline will fall within February 15 in many parts of the world. For example, Feb 16, 12:00 noon JST = Feb 15, 10:00pm EST.
Applications that are incomplete at the deadline will not be accepted.

*Video uploads become very crowded just prior to the application deadline and upload times may significantly increase. Uploading early is highly recommended.


Applicants will receive notification of the audition results by email by April, 2022.
We will contact you from:
Please make sure that you are able to receive email from that address.
If you do not receive any notification by March (after checking your spam folder), please feel free to contact us.

Requirements for participation related to Covid-19

All PMF participants will be required to accept and strictly follow the rules and regulations established by PMF Organizing Committee related to the Covid-19 pandemic, in order to ensure both safety and compliance with local laws. These rules and regulations are subject to change at any time as warranted by the situation or required by local authorities.
Participants traveling to PMF from outside Japan will as a general rule be required to show proof of full vaccination for the duration of their time at the festival. All participants will be required to undergo regular testing according to the schedule established by PMF.

In the event of worsening pandemic conditions forcing PMF to cancel international participation in 2022, we plan to invite successful applicants living outside Japan to instead be members of the PMF 2023 Academy.

For further information

Tel: +81-11-242-2211
Business hours: weekdays, 10:00 - 17:00 JST

PMF Organizing Committee
Sumitomo Seimei Sapporo Chuo Bldg. 1F
1-14 Minami 2-jo, Higashi 1-chome, Chuo-ku
Sapporo 060-0052 Japan