Young Artist Chamber Music Program

  • Program Dates Jun 23 - Aug 11
  • Length 7 Weeks
  • Students 18+, Pre-professional, 51 Accepted
  • Instruments Violin, Viola, Cello, Piano
  • Young Artist Concerts July 13, 15, 16; August 7, 8, 10
  • 2019 Registration Closed

Our Young Artist Chamber Music Program is a rigorous seven-week program for 51 gifted international young artists of conservatory age, and those who may be in the early stages of their professional careers.


One of the students outside our practice studios.

When asked to describe the summer studies, the late Artistic Director Seymour Lipkin explained, “Kneisel Hall offers (to especially gifted young artists) a concentrated training and immersion in chamber music of the highest quality, with specially chosen teachers. At Kneisel Hall the students have only chamber music to work on, many hours a day, and we intend for them to come away with an extremely heightened insight into the cooperation and deep musical values inherent in the art.”

Kneisel Hall accepts fifty-one young artists (21 violins, 9 violas, 14 celli, 7 pianos). A Kneisel Hall season is intense and the logistics are intricate. Two sessions comprise the rigorous seven-week season, concentrating exclusively on chamber music for strings and piano. The major focus is ensemble playing and the cooperation and communication that chamber music requires. Each young artist is assigned two ensembles each session, which culminate in a series of exciting and compelling concerts. For the young artists, the time spent in Maine is uninterrupted time for growth, experimentation and for working with others of the highest caliber.