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We are now accepting applications for the 2024 Session. The deadline for submissions is December 1, 2023.

Apply for Music

Apply for Architecture

Info About Fine Arts Centennial Celebrations


The Fontainebleau Schools offer a unique summer program for both musicians (string players, pianists and composers) and architects. Set in the magnificent chateau and town of Fontainebleau, about 40 miles southeast of Paris, the program has a rich tradition dating back to its inception in 1921. The music conservatory offers individual study and chamber music. Pianists and composers also study harmony, analysis, fugue and counterpoint. The architecture, or fine arts, school brings together different artistic disciplines in order to explore new ways of seeing, thinking and making architecture.  At Fontainebleau, these disciplines often intersect in surprising and unusual ways. Music and architecture students live and dine together, attend lectures and concerts, and have field trips in common. Students are encouraged to observe one another’s work and collaborate on projects.

The highly talented and diverse student body is taught in English by a predominantly French faculty of distinguished musicians, designers, and artists.

The five-week program in architecture and four-week music conservatory provide opportunities for educational advancement with in-depth exposure to French music, design, and history, and set the stage for a rich cultural and artistic exchange.

Celebrate the Fontainebleau Schools continuing success by donating to the scholarship fund!!

Link to WQXR radio show about the Fontainebleau Schools


President of the Fondation des Écoles d’Art Américaines – Louis Schweitzer

Director of the École des Beaux-Arts (Architecture) – Anthony Béchu

Director of the Conservatoire Américain (Music) – Diana Ligeti

President of Fontainebleau Associations (USA) – Jennifer Jahn

Head Administrator in Fontainebleau – Catherine Delloye

President Emerita of Fontainebleau Associations (USA) – Therese Casadesus Rawson

Vice-President for Music – Eugenia Choi

Vice-President for Architecture – Nicholas Stanos

Program Director for Music – Joseph Kerr

Founded to introduce talented American students to the best traditions in French Music and Fine Arts, the Fontainebleau Schools have hosted more than 10,000 students from around the world at the Chateau Fontainebleau during the summer sessions since its establishment in 1921. The Fontainebleau Schools are organized as a Foundation, recognized since 1926 as a public service corporation. They are affiliated with Fontainebleau Associations, an American tax exempt 501(c)(3) charitable foundation.

Fontainebleau Associations
P.O. Box 66
Wayne, PA 19087

Fondation des Ecoles d’Art Américaines
BP 50068

6 thoughts on “About

  1. My parents met there in the early fifties. Can I find out actually when. Father was was Richard Oliver, mother was Laura King.

  2. My mother Betty Koolage attended in 1937.
    I have a stack of postcards collected by her from her various field trips taken while attending your summer program. The images are all pre WWII – I’d be happy to donate them, if they would be of any historical interest to your program.

  3. My grandfathers brother came here in the 20s, his name was Clarence Brodeur. I live in Europe now and would love to see the school/potentially learn more about his time there. I hope to be in France in the spring or summer

    1. Dear Sean, Sorry to take so long to reply. The Brodeurs were very important in the history of Fontainebleau. I’ll send you some info soon. Clarence and Marie Brodeur met in Fontainebleau in 1928 and were very much involved in running the Alumni Association.
      I’ll be in Fontainebleau in July. Please come for a visit.

      You can contact me directly at joe@fontainebleauschools.org

      All the best,


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