Music Mountain Chamberfest 2024
​​​​​​​July 4-9

Chamber Music Camp for String Players of All Ages: Daily Coachings, Rehearsals, Topic Presentations, and Concerts. Led by the Arianna String Quartet. Immerse yourself in a friendly community of chamber music lovers. Join Us!

​​​​​​​Under the guidance of members of the Arianna String Quartet, participants will perform in morning and afternoon sessions in Gordon Hall. The program, going from 10 AM to 4 PM and including lunch, is intended for commuting students. Room & Board is available for participants needing lodging. This program has been made possible, in part, with support from ACMP Associated Chamber Music Players.​​​​​​​

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​​​​​​​APPLY HERE TODAY

LIMITED CAPACITY. NO APPLICATION FEE.
Application Open Through May 17, 2024 or until filled. We are going to keep the application open for a few days beyond May 17. Please don't hesitate to email us to inquire at info@musicmountain.org.

Applications are reviewed within a week of receipt. 

Target capacity: 30
Minimum number of qualified applicants to proceed: 15

Contact:
Oskar Espina Ruiz or Bethany Franklin at info@musicmountain.org


Students performing at Music Mountain's 2022 ChamberFest


Schedule

Thursday, July 4, 2024: 
9 am Check-in
9:30 am Welcome & Program Launch
10-12: Rehearsals and coachings
12-1 pm: Lunch
1-3 pm: Rehearsals and coachings
3-4 pm: Topics presentation or master class by the faculty

Friday & Saturday, July 5-6:
10 am - 12 pm: Rehearsals and coachings
12-1 pm: Lunch
1-3 pm: Rehearsals and coachings
3-4 pm: Topics presentation or master class by the faculty
(On Saturday, dress rehearsal by the Arianna String Quartet)

Sunday, July 7:
In the morning: Practice, local outings, rest, free
3 pm: Music Mountain concert by the Arianna String Quartet
(participants and their families receive complimentary tickets)

Monday, July 8: 
10 am - 12 pm: Rehearsals and coachings
12-1 pm: Lunch
1-3 pm: Rehearsals and coachings
3-4 pm: Dress rehearsal, or topics presentation, or master class by the faculty

Tuesday, July 9:
11 am: Students’ Concert in Gordon Hall
Post-Concert Lunch
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Special Events

Saturday, July 6:

11:30 am - 1 pm: Painting Music
Free multigenerational event for artists, amateurs, and beginners to paint individually, as well as jointly, while listening to live music. Guided by Vincent Inconiglios and Oskar Espina Ruiz. Materials provided. 

7 pm: Jazz at Music Mountain Concert
Featuring MAUCHA ADNET & DUDUKA DA FONSECA TRIO: “Bossa Always Nova”
(participants and their families receive complimentary tickets)


Sunday, July 7:

2 pm: Poetry Reading
Free event featuring Antoinette Brim-Bell (Antoinette Brim), Connecticut’s 8th State Poet Laureate​​​​​​.

3 pm: 95th Music Mountain Summer Festival Concert
Featuring the Arianna String Quartet.
PROGRAM:
​​​​​​​Max BRUCH String Quartet #1 in C Minor, Opus 9
Bohuslav MARTINU String Quartet #3
Pyotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY String Quartet #2 in F Major, Opus 22
(participants and their families receive complimentary tickets)


Members of the Arianna String Quartet performing with students at Music Mountain's 2022 ChamberFest


Application

TUITION:
$750 includes tuition, lunch, and admission to the concert by the Arianna String Quartet.

ROOM & BOARD:
$450 for room and board per person. House accommodation at the original home of the Gordon String Quartet. Shared rooms. Clean linens and towels provided. Freund's Farm Market Catering provides all meals including plenty of locally harvested foods. 

​​​​​​​APPLICATION:
Submit the online application form, including a link to an unedited video with your performance (i.e. URL to your unlisted YouTube video).

ACCEPTANCE NOTIFICATION:
Acceptance notification for early applications: 1 week from receipt of the application.
Acceptance notification for applications received on May 17, 2024: 2 weeks from receipt of the application.
Initial groups and repertoire sent by June 3.


Students perform at Music Mountain's 2022 ChamberFest


Faculty

John McGrosso, Violin
First Violin, Arianna String Quartet; Violin and Chamber Music Faculty at the University of Missouri-St. Louis; studied with Dorothy Delay, Shmuel Ashkenasi, Joyce Robbins, Joel Smirnoff, and Gerald Beal, and studied chamber music with members of the Juilliard, Tokyo, LaSalle, and Vermeer Quartets.

Joanna Mendoza, Viola 
Viola, Arianna String Quartet; Viola and Chamber Music Faculty at the University of Missouri-St. Louis; studied with William Lincer and members of the Pro Arte Quartet and the Juilliard Quartet.

Kurt Baldwin, Cello 
Cello, Arianna String Quartet; Violin and Chamber Music Faculty at the University of Missouri-St. Louis; studied with Janina Ehrlich, Irene Sharp, Bernard Greenhouse, Marc Johnson and the Vermeer Quartet.


Arianna String Quartet


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, rehearsals and coachings.

The Viola House provides additional rehearsal space. Concerts and master classes take place at Gordon Hall, built in 1930 at the center of the 124-acre campus.

Freund's Farm Market Catering provides all meals including plenty of locally harvested foods. The Music Mountain maintenance crew provides clean linens and towels.


Repertoire

Pre-formed ensembles are welcome to suggest their repertoire. Participants will receive their assigned repertoire via email by June 3, 2024.


Travel

The nearest airport is Hartford Bradley (BDL), 1h 15 minutes away. The airports in NYC (JFK, LGA, EWR), are about 2.5 h away. There is a train connection from NYC to Wassaic, NY, by Metro North. We may be able to give you a ride if necessary. Please let us know weeks in advance. Check in is between 1-2:30 pm, right before the faculty concert at 3 pm in Gordon Hall. A few weeks in advance we will email you a list of things to bring.


Testimonials

I have learned much, not only about chamber music and reading scores, but there were valuable lessons all along the way about musicality that my teacher Daniel Salazar has often emphasized, but which are obviously so much more important when musicians practice and perform together. The musical community you managed to create in just a few days was just phenomenal. I have spoken with some of my new Music Mountain Chamberfest friends who are neighbors in CT about getting together from time to time. 

— Stuart Miller, 2022 Student-Artist

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You all created an atmosphere that was so welcoming and gracious toward us and one another; I feel that we really became part of each other's musical lives! In this very brief time we spent together, we all shared an intense immersion experience with chamber music, and I think everyone left with some new abilities, new insights and ideas to explore, and a real sense of accomplishment. Joanna and I felt so grateful for this wonderful energy and enthusiasm throughout. We reveled in everyone's hunger for new ideas, and this motivated us to share as much as possible with you all. We're all now part of the great Music Mountain tradition of the study of, appreciation for, and enjoyment of chamber music. We left completely inspired by your commitment to the enjoyment of music, as well as your sense of adventure that allowed you to explore the music so deeply, and to play so well throughout the week!  

— John McGrosso, 2022 Faculty
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