2018 Music Mountain Academy

Be Inspired

Study with the best at the longest running chamber music festival in the country.

2018 Music Mountain Academy

Be Yourself

Forge long-lasting friendships through music.

The Music Mountain Academy

The Music Mountain Academy is an Advanced Chamber Music Program focusing on the study and performance of the core chamber music repertoire.

The Music Mountain Academy strives to bring forward the vision of its founder, Jacques Gordon, mentoring young artists and nurturing innovation in the arts.

Music Mountain’s centerpiece is acoustically perfect and air-conditioned Gordon Hall, one of the great intimate concert halls of this country. Designed to be the analogue of the violin with features mimicking the violin’s form and inner structure, the sound is robust, full bodied and resonant.

Music Mountain is in Falls Village, in northwestern Connecticut, in the beautiful and serene foothills of the Berkshires. Music Mountain is America’s longest running chamber music festival. Since 1937, Music Mountain concerts have been broadcast throughout the United States and in 35 foreign countries, reaching over a million listeners each year.

Gordon Hall, Music Mountain

Gordon Hall, Music Mountain

Deadline: May 21, 2018

Application Fee: $40 per student

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Student Housing

Student housing is provided at the Colonial Revival-style homes originally built for the four members of the Gordon String Quartet. The First Fiddle House is the central space, where all students and faculty come together for meals and informal evening performances. The Viola and Second Fiddle Houses provide additional spaces and bedrooms. Concerts and master classes take place at Gordon Hall, built in 1930 at the center of the 124-acre campus. Rehearsals and coachings take place at the various houses on campus. Individual practicing takes place at some of the same spaces. Freund's Farm Market Catering provides all meals including plenty of locally harvested foods. The Music Mountain maintenance crew provides linens and towels. Those on campus 24/7 include the program manager that oversees students’ residence life, the superintendent and the Music Mountain Festival manager and interns.

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Overview

  • Chamber Music for Violin, Viola, Cello and Piano (plus Clarinet Quintet Intensive in Session 1)

  • Individuals, as well as pre-formed string quartets and other chamber ensembles, may apply.

  • Intensive study and performance of the core chamber music repertoire.

  • Student and faculty performances.

  • Daily practicing, rehearsing and coaching.

  • Daily presentations and workshops.

  • Five advanced clarinetists from Session 1 will perform with the Verona String Quartet.

  • Free access to Music Mountain Festival concerts.

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Application Requirements

  • Advanced students, ages 18-28. If you fall outside this age-group and strongly believe this is a program for you, please contact the program director.

  • Complete online application form.

  • Links to 2 unedited videos with your performance of two contrasting works or movements, one of which needs to be Classical/Romantic.

  • $40 application fee when applying between March 27 and May 21, 2018.

Tuition, Room and Board

Session 1 (10 days, from June 12-21): $1,060
Session 2 (7 days, from August 20-26): $750

Inquiries

Oskar Espina-Ruiz, Director
oskar [at] musicmountain [dot] org
Ana María Locke, Program Manager
locke.a [at] artist.uncsa [dot] edu

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