Music & More SummerFest provides an opportunity for students to study and collaborate with some of the finest names in classical music. More detailed information about our program and studies is provided below.
Instrumental Studies: Piano, Violin, Viola, Cello
The weekly schedule will include private instruction, chamber music coaching; master classes and lecture presentations. Solo, chamber ensemble and string orchestra performances will make up the balance of the schedule. Participants will have three individual lessons with their primary instructor, one additional individual lesson with a second artist-faculty member and four chamber music coaching sessions. Formal MMSF evening concerts as well as additional informal public performances will be created throughout the festival.
All master-classes are open to the public and everyone is encouraged to attend as many of them as possible. Ample daily practice and rehearsal times will be available to each participating musician.
Ensemble studies: Chamber Ensemble and String Orchestra
The collaborative principle is fundamental to our program. Every chamber ensemble will be carefully assembled taking the levels and ages of participants into consideration. When coaching and working with advanced groups, a faculty member will in many cases play and perform along with participating musicians. Depending on the size of enrollment, we will strive to create two separate string orchestras, rehearsing and performing different programs from each other. The chamber and orchestra repertoire will be finalized by late May. We will then send all assigned parts to those selected musicians and groups.
A limited number of students who wish to take lessons in composition will compose a work, preferably less but not longer then five minutes for a featured instrument or festival’s chamber ensemble. A collaborative performance would be featured at one of the final concerts. If an applicant wishes to apply for the composition program, a short recently composed original work should be submitted along with the application for review. See Guidelines for all additional information.
Studies in conducting are coordinated by our artist-faculty, Dorian Keilhack. Up to four young conductors are chosen to work with maestro Keilhack and assist as his SummerFest liaison-conductors. This mentorship will culminate in the final concert when, if ready, the liasison-conductors have a chance to lead the MMSF orchestra in their assigned works.
One Plus One
Students are welcome to apply for an additional track of studies (for example: piano + conducting; composition + instrument; piano + string instrument) for an additional payment fee stated in the Guidelines.
Several of the most advanced students may be invited to join our artist-faculty chamber orchestra, Kamerata M, which will perform at the festival’s opening Gala concert on August 4, 2019 and at one other performance date TBA.
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