Founded in 1996, the Staunton, VA-based Heifetz International Music Institute is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to the artistic growth and career development of some of the most talented and promising young musicians in the world. The mission of the Institute is to develop the expressive potential of every performer, through the innovative and cross-disciplinary Heifetz Performance & Communication Training. This method guides young musicians into becoming well-rounded, communicative artists by improving their technical agility and musicianship, self confidence, gestural and verbal communication skills,and leadership capacity both on and off stage. The Institute’s teaching philosophy is that artists express their individuality not only through technically and intellectually robust music making, but also through emotional and even physical engagement with the music they play.
As a six-week summer program, the Institute is founded upon the revolutionary educational concept that young musicians can be taught to communicate the emotion of music, beyond mere technical agility and beautiful playing.
In addition to the intensity of two private lessons per week, chamber music coachings, and five hours per day of practice time, students take a series of one-hour classes each afternoon (one per day) in public speaking, voice, drama, movement, health & wellness, and freedom of expression. This innovative, comprehensive, and cross-disciplinary curriculum is designed to help musicians become more expressive, effective communicators.