photo_3Dear Friends:

At their December meeting the Kneisel Hall Trustees named violinist Laurie Smukler Interim Artistic Director. Smukler was a founding member of the Mendelssohn String Quartet, teaches at The Juilliard School, Bard Conservatory, the Manhattan School of Music and Mannes College of Music. She has been on the faculty of Kneisel Hall for twenty years. At the same meeting the Trustees named cellist Joel Krosnick to the new position Artistic Advisor. Krosnick, a Kneisel alumnus, is a member of the acclaimed Juilliard String Quartet and chair of the Juilliard cello department. Their full biographies as well as those of the entire faculty are on the Kneisel Hall website (

** Smukler announced the new roster for Kneisel Hall 2016:
Session I
violin: David Bowlin, Ron Copes, Laurie Smukler
viola: Doris Lederer
cello: Dmitry Kouzov, Joel Krosnick
piano: Jane Coop, Anna Polonsky
coach: Ira Weller

Session II
violin: Weigang Li, Joel Smirnoff, Laurie Smukler
viola: Katherine Murdock
cello: Jerry Grossman, Barbara Mallow
piano: Jane Coop, Quing Jiang
coach: Joel Krosnick
guest: Robert McDonald, piano

On Wednesday, December 30th at 8:00 p.m. Maine Public Radio ( will air a one-hour tribute to the memory of Artistic Director Seymour Lipkin. We thank Robin Rilette and Barry Darling for the program. In Maine turn on your radio and in the rest of the world turn on your computer: The program will include:
Schubert: Sonata for piano Four Hands; Lipkin, Jane Coop (Kneisel Hall July 7, 2013)
Rachmaninoff: Sonata for Cello and Piano; Lipkin, Dmitry Kouzov (Kneisel Hall July 15, 2013)
Mozart: Piano concerto No. 27, K. 595; Lipkin, Midsummer Mozart Orchestra (San Francisco July 26, ‘15)

We all wish you a healthy, happy New Year, one that is full of great chamber music,

Eliot Heaton (violin, KH 2014) has been named concertmaster of the Michigan Opera Theater in Detroit.
Faculty Doris Lederer is the 2015 recipient of the Outstanding String Teacher Award given by the Virginia String Teachers Association. Lederer is Director of Chamber Music and Professor of the Viola and Chamber Music at Shenandoah Conservatory.
Alums: Please let us know what your April-Alum-Month activity/performance will be. We want you ALL to be on the calendar. Please help us fill EVERY day in April with a Kneisel Alum Event.

What is an April Alum-Month? It is the month when ALL Kneisel Hall alums show the world how great Kneisel Hall is and show Kneisel Hall how much they appreciate their time on campus. Maybe it was that coaching in the Fishbowl that echoes in your ears; maybe it was meeting the colleagues that you are playing with today; maybe it was that unforgettable performance you played in the Hall at midnight Kneisel is a place that inspires and has helped you become the musicians and people you are today. How can an ALUM show appreciation for Kneisel Hall?
* Return to campus and mentor in the ACMI (3rd week in August). Reconnect to KH !
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* If you are one – five years out, send Kneisel Hall $5.00
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* If you are twenty-five years out, join the Kneisel Hall Encore Society.

December 30 (Wednesday); 8:00 p.m.; Tribute to Artistic Director Seymour Lipkin
January 7 (Wednesday); 8:00 p.m.: Laurie Smukler, Shulamit Ran Concerto, CIM, Cleveland, OH
February 1 (Monday), midnight: young artist APPLICATION DEADLINE
February 7 (Sunday), 3:00 p.m.: Laurie Smukler, Robert McDonald Bartok Sonatas, Bangor, ME
April 16( Saturday), 7:30 p.m.: KH Benefit Concert by A FAR CRY, University Club, NYC