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, Double Bass
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 than 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 festival liaison-conductors. This mentorship will culminate in the final concert when, if ready, the liaison-conductors have a chance to lead the MMSF orchestra in their assigned works.
One Plus One
This is an additional track of studies only available to students who have selected one of the above choices. Students are welcome to add a more intensive workload, doubling the amount of lessons (for example: if you register as a pianist, you may add lessons in conducting or string instrument; or if you are a composition student, you can add piano or conducting or string instrument; or study two string instruments) for an additional payment fee stated in the Guidelines.
Many of our concerts are formal, publicized and super well-attended. These concerts are the best kind of showcases for both faculty and students. To assure that each and every student presented is in top shape and ready to perform, if you would like to participate in these featured concerts, please follow these two steps:
Send us a video using Vimeo or Youtube of your chosen solo or duo performance (string instrument and piano) piece, not longer than 7 minutes, by May 1, to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Include you name, instrument and “MMShowcase” in the subject line.
Please note: to be considered for a showcase performance, your tuition must be paid in full by May 1, 2020.
Students may apply to join our artist-faculty chamber orchestra, SummerFest Camerata, which will perform at the festival’s opening Gala concert on August 5, 2019 as well as at other concerts during the festival. This highly prestigious, by-invitation position is for the most advanced musicians - students. To apply, please check the appropriate box on the application form. Spots are limited so apply early.
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