Young Artist Program is:

A rigorous seven-week (June 24 – August 12, 2018) chamber music program for pre-professional violinists, violists, cellists and pianists 18 years of age or older. The young artists have the opportunity to study four pieces in depth which are performed in two series of Young Artist Concerts. 

The small faculty, drawn from major conservatories and universities, work closely with the young artists, coaching ensembles in the afternoons and presenting weekly concerts on Friday evening and Sunday afternoon.

THE 2018 KNEISEL CLASS – 52 amazing musicians!


Cindy Ahn, Shepherd School, Rice University
Yuki Beppu*, The Juilliard School
Rebecca Benjamin*, Cleveland Institute of Music
Carter Coleman*, The Juilliard School
Tsutomu Copeland, The Curtis Institute of Music
Daniel Dastoor, Mount Royal Conservatory / University of Calgary
Juliette Greer*, New England Conservatory of Music
Yujie He, The Juilliard School
Beatrice Hsieh*, Cleveland Institute of Music
Zola Hightower, University of Michigan
Jeremy Hao*, Freelancing
Mary Grace Johnson*, The Juilliard School
Yan Li, McGill University Schulich School of Music
Katherine Lim*, The Juilliard School
Haerim Oh, New England Conservatory of Music
Yeim Lee, Oberlin Conservatory
Amelia Sie, New England Conservatory of Music
Jason Vassiliou, Columbia University / The Juilliard School
Angela Wee, The Juilliard School
Chener Yuan, The Juilliard School
Ann Yu, Cleveland Institute of Music


Isabella Bignasca, The Juilliard School
Rebecca Barnett, University of Maryland
Hannah Burnett*, The Juilliard School
Nicholas Gallitano*, Oberlin Conservatory
Erika Gray*, Curtis Institute of Music
Serena Hsu, Cleveland Institute of Music
Rose Nelis*, Freelancing
Ao Peng, The Juilliard School
Sarah Sung, The Juilliard School


Clara Abel*, The Juilliard School
Iona Batchelder*, The Juilliard School
Francis Carr, The Juilliard School
Yunwen Chen, New England Conservatory of Music
Sterling Elliott, The Juilliard School
Ayoun Kim*, The Juilliard School
Jeremy Kreutz*, Oberlin Conservatory
Madelyn Kowalski, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
Braden McConnell, University of Michigan
Yifei Li,   The Juilliard School
Sung Moon (Bryan) Park*, The Juilliard School
Stephen Perkyns*, Rice University / Shepherd School
Tomsen Su, The Juilliard School
Rachel Siu, The Juilliard School


Leon Bernsdorf, Glenn Gould School Toronto
Anna Han*, The Juilliard School
Evan Ritter, Eastman School of Music
Randy Ryan, Peabody Institute
John Schindler, The Juilliard School
Seho Young, Princeton University
Wang Zhu, The Juilliard School


Nikki Pet, Columbia University / The Juilliard School

Counselors: Bridget McCarthy, Samuel DeCaprio

2018 Faculty

Artistic Director: Laurie Smukler
Violin: Ronald Copes, David Bowlin, Joel Smirnoff, Laurie Smukler, Axel Strauss
Viola: Doris Lederer, Katherine Murdock, Ira Weller
Cello: Natasha Brofsky, Jerry Grossman, Joel Krosnick, Dmitry Kouzov, Barbara Mallow
Piano: Jane Coop, Qing Jiang, Robert McDonald, Anna Polonsky

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Kneisel Hall was the purest music making process I have ever had the pleasure of enjoying. Students and faculty work together to create and explore art, learning from each other and inspiring each other in the tranquility of nature. I had a life-changing summer at Kneisel Hall for every possible reason.

Carter Coleman

Violin, 2016



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