Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

[Please note: These answers are specific to the Decoda │Skidmore Chamber Music Institute. If you are registered for or interested in another program, please check that program's Web site or contact a Program Coordinator.]

When is the deadline for applications?
Application review will begin March 1, 2015.

When will I hear about my application?
In order to arrange ensembles by instrument and level, online auditions are juried after the March 1 deadline. Applicants are encouraged to submit their materials before the deadline, but the program cannot make early acceptances. It is expected that applicants will be notified of their application status via e-mail on or before April 1, 2015. 

Where is the closest airport?
Albany International Airport in Colonie, New York, is the closest airport.  It is approximately 45 minutes away from campus.

Can I get a ride to campus from the airport or bus station?
We are unable to offer transportation services to everyone; therefore you must find your own way to campus. Please refer to the Travel Information Guide located in the Guest Information section of the Dean of Special Programs Web site for information. If you are looking to share a taxi or travel with another participant coming from your area, please contact a member of our staff with your travel arrangements. If someone else has a similar itinerary, we will put you in touch.  Alternatively, you may wish to post a ride share request on the Institute’s Facebook page.    

Are students supervised in the dormitories?
The program has a qualified Resident Staff that lives with program participants in the dormitories.  The staff is responsible for workshop students, attends daily classes and meals, plans extracurricular activities, and is a great resource for all program participants.      

Are the dormitory rooms single or double occupancy?  

We do our best to offer participants single rooms but, if space is limited, we will house participants in a double room with a roommate of the same gender and age. Registered participants may request specific roommates.

What should I pack?
Participants are responsible for bringing their own instrument and all necessary equipment (staff paper, reeds, strings, mouthpieces, etc.). A packing list will be provided for Accepted Candidates and be available on the website in the spring.    

Will students perform at the Institute?
Student concerts are held Saturday afternoons in the Helen Filene Ladd Concert Hall in the Zankel Music Center. Please refer to the program schedule for specific times and look for an announcement regarding the Live Stream link from the Zankel Music Center.  Family and friends are encouraged to attend in person or watch online!

Do I need formal attire for the student concerts?
Formal concert attire is required for Institute performances (once each week).  Since Week 2 focuses on Community Engagement, you will want to bring appropriate clothing when representing Decoda and Skidmore in off-campus engagement activities. All other activities (classes, rehearsals, meals, dorm time) are very casual.

Is there a recommended place for my family and friends to stay when they drop me off or pick me up?
The Saratoga Springs Chamber of Commerce Web site is a good resource for local hospitality and entertainment.