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When is the Alion Baltic Festival?

The VII Alion Baltic International Music Festival 2020 dates are: July 26 to August 9, 2020

Third week of the festival (August 10-12) introduces concert tour to 3 resort cities: Pärnu (Estonia), Tallinn (Estonia), and Helsinki (Finland).
The tour is open to all students registered for the tour and 2-week programs.



Please refer to your acceptance letter for assigned and/or suggested program repertoire.
Pack music you are currently working on for lessons and master classes.
If you are part of chamber music group, the required music will be emailed to you 3 weeks prior to your arrival to the festival.


Dress is casual for daily activities, however we encourage you to bring a “dressy” outfit for concerts. Alion Baltic Music Festival participants are encouraged to bring a white top and black pants/skirt perform with the orchestra. We encourage our Alion Baltic Competition and Festival guests to dress up for festival's concerts, masterclasses, and concerts, including 2 orchestral Gala-Concerts: August 2 and 9, 2020. As it is cool in the Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music and the Hotel's dining hall, and warmer outside and in the hotel rooms (no a/c), please bring a sweater or sweatshirt in case you need it.
Also, bring umbrella in case it rains.


If you are driving, we encourage you do bring a fan. Fans are also available for rent from the Conference Services Office for $10. You receive $5 back if you return the fan to the of fice, located in Mosaic Hotel Dining Hall. If you have room in your suitcase, a small book is always nice to bring along as the hotel dormitory rooms are equipped with a cozy table light. We supply a linen pack that includes two flat sheets, a pillowcase, bath towel and hand towel, however if you have favorite linens you prefer to bring, please do so! Please be sure to pack a few hangars.


Of course we’d like to see you at registration, but we understand that delays happen. Please email our office: ahead of time to let us know about your delay, or early arrival. If you should arrive early in the day and would like to check in to your room at either hotel before registration, please feel free to pick up your dormitory key at the Main Office, located at Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music:
Kr.Barona iela 1, Rīga, LV-1050, Latvija.
The office is open during the days of the festival, 10:00-17:00


Individual practicing is possible at Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music and at Joseph Medina Riga 1st Music School.

Students who wish to get a room to practice, need to reserve it by writing to


Wifi Connection is available at the all festival Hotels free of charge. Please ask the hotels' receptionist for the WiFi name, when checking into your room.
Additionally, Wi-fi internet is available in most of the Festival's buildings, including Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music.


The accommodation offers double rooms & triple rooms. Single students at the festival will share a room with 1 roomate. Single rooms are possible, but at the surcharge of 35 Euro per night. Parents who accompany students under 18 years of age, may share the room with minor for a 15 euro surcharge per night. Students may choose their own accommodation at the festival. In this case we will substract the amount spent by us on hotel from the student's tuition, but the student will be responsible for own accommodation and meals.


For all programs at the festival, breakfast is served daily from 7:00 to 10:00 at the all Hotels of the festival.
Lunch and Dinner is not covered by tuition. Students may purchase the meal plan, which covers lunch AND dinner at Lido Restaurant, partnering with the festival.
The cost of Meal Plan is 145 Euro per week.
To purchase the meal plan, please email AB Festival's Office:

Is there any age limit to participate in The Alion Baltic Festival?

Alion Baltic International Music Festival does not limit the age of participants.

Is there any audition to participate in the course?

Even though there is no required audition to be accepted to the festival, we recommend students to send links to their online recording. This will make it possible for us to determine participant's artistic level and know which of the daily concerts, chamber music groups, and other activities to put him/her in.

Is there any specific repertoire which must be prepared?

There is no repertoire rules.
We recommend students to:
  • Have a few pieces ready, which can be performed at the festival concerts.
  • Have the same or different pieces ready to be performed at Professors' individual lessons and /or masterclasses.
  • In case students would like to participate in The VII Alion Baltic International Music Competition, which is a part of the festival, they need to perform 2 pieces of their choice.
    For more information about the competition, please visit: ALION BALTIC COMPETITION PAGE


Yes, there are plenty of ATM Machines available around Riga, including several around festival hotels.
Withdrawals will be distributed in Euro.
Surcharges will apply according to one bank's policy.
Withdrawals will be distributed in Euro.
Surcharges will apply according to one bank's policy.

Are there any refunds given from the festival? What are the causes?

A partial refund of 50% maybe refunded back to student in case of: a) Severe sickness preventing him/her participating and/or traveling to the festival. A Dr.official notarized statement is required. b) In case of a natural disaster or a military conflict in Latvia, or other country the festival takes place at.

To request a 50% one must apply NO LATER THAN July 1, 2020.

Absolutely no refunds will be given for a failed travel document, visa, or any other circumstances!
No exceptions!!!
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