Adult Chamber Music Institute

  • Program Dates August 18 - 25, 2021
  • Length 1 Week
  • Participants Adult amateurs
  • Instruments Violin, Viola, Cello, Piano
  • Application Deadline July 1, 2021

Summer 2021 will be back at Kneisel Hall in Blue Hill!

To keep everyone on campus safe and healthy, program activities will be modified to follow the COVID-19 prevention protocols.

Participants will still have the opportunity to delve deeply into chamber music and work with peers and faculty in daily coaching, rehearsals, workshops, and sight-reading parties that make our program a memorable chamber music experience.

Adult amateur musicians are welcome to come with a performing group or a friend with whom you would like to play, or simply attend solo to find new chamber music partners at Kneisel. You will spend your time at Kneisel Hall immersed in chamber music, friendship, and nature. It can’t get better than that!

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The Week: Daily rehearsals, coachings, workshops, sight-reading parties, and discussions about music, arts, and culture. Additionally, the Kneisel Hall library offers a cornucopia of chamber music literature and recordings.

Sample Day:
7:30 – 8:30 Breakfast
9:00 – 12:00 Rehearsal and coaching
12:00 – 1:00 Lunch
1:00 – 2:30 Assigned sight-reading
2:45 – 4:15 Freelance sight-reading
4:15 – 5:15 Free time
5:15 – 6:00 Socializing on campus
6:00 – 7:00 Dinner
7:30 Discussion, workshop, or more playing

On-campus lodging is in dormitory accommodations (shared bath). For the 2021 program, all participants are strongly encouraged stay on campus to protect the “Kneisel pod” from COVID-19 spread as much as possible.

Non-refundable application fee is $100. Program tuition is $1,200 including meals and lodging.

Application fee is due at the time of submission. Program tuition is due by July 15, 2021.

Your Coaches:

Jan Pfeiffer – cellist, founder and director of the Lavazza Chamber Ensemble, plays with Boston Lyric Opera, Boston Ballet, and Rhode Island Philharmonic, frequent performer of contemporary music, former director of the Chamber Music Center at Wellesley College.

Lora Tchekoratova – Bulgarian-born pianist, received her Doctor of Musical Arts at The Juilliard School where she was a student of Seymour Lipkin. An active advocate for new music, she has premiered numerous works by
American and Bulgarian composers.

Georgy Valtchev – Bulgarian-born violinist, received his degrees at The Juilliard School as a student of Dorothy DeLay. Soloist, recitalist, chamber music musician and is a member of the Mark Morris Dance Company orchestra.

Scott Woolweaver – violist, received his degrees at the University of Michigan, Boston University, and New England Conservatory. Former member of the Vaener String Trio, New England Piano Quartette, Boston Composers String Quartet, Ives Quartet. He is Artist-Affiliate at Tufts University.

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