The 2020 Summer Institute will take place from June 25 – August 9, 2020.
The application deadline for the 2020 Heifetz Institute is 12:00 midnight EST Sunday, February 2, 2020.
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“A great performer may dazzle us with their technique, but it is when they open their heart that the stage really comes alive. Daniel Heifetz founded the Heifetz Institute for young artists to learn how to find and tap into their own musical passion, and learn how to bring that passion to the stage. I am excited to add what I can to this marvelous history and I look forward to all the great music we will share together.” – Nicholas Kitchen, Artistic Director
THE 2020 HEIFETZ SUMMER PROGRAM: Players Wanted!
The Heifetz International Music Institute is an intensive six-week summer program for gifted violin, viola, cello students held on the campus of Mary Baldwin University in Staunton, Virginia – in the heart of the beautiful Shenandoah Valley. In addition to the regular program, the Institute also offers the prestigious (and tuition-free) Ashkenasi /Kirshbaum Chamber Music Seminar for emerging professionals (June 21 – Aug. 9), a two-week Double Bass Studio & Workshop, (July 23 – Aug. 9), as well as a Baroque Vocal Workshop (June 21 – July 12).
Watch our Postcards from #Heifetz2019, a series of one minute videos showcasing the sights and sounds of the Institute.
*Exclusive for Heifetz2020 – Beethoven: The Goldberg Explorations
In celebration of the 250th anniversary of the birth of Ludwig van Beethoven, Artistic Director Nicholas Kitchen will lead a summer-long seminar coaching Heifetz students in readings of all of Beethoven’s duos for piano and string instruments. The course’s approach will be inspired by Mr. Kitchen’s Curtis Institute teacher, Szymon Goldberg, the legendary violinist and conductor. True to Mr. Goldberg’s advocacy of primary-source study, every participating Heifetz student will have the opportunity to work with the original manuscripts of Beethoven’s solo works, under the expert guidance of Mr. Kitchen.
The Summer Program
The Institute’s 2020 summer program is open to outstanding string players who generally range in age between 14 and 30. It includes:
- Two one-hour private lessons per week
- One studio performance class per week
- An enhanced and intensified chamber music component featuring up to two coachings per week
- Our signature Heifetz Performance & Communication Training, freshly enriched and improved
- Live Streams and nationwide broadcasts via The Violin Channel and Performance Today
- Seven-day-a-week performance opportunities, (adding up for more than 50 per summer!) including:
- Stars of Tomorrow concerts in Francis Auditorium
- Chamber Music in the Blackfriars – Weekly concerts in the iconic home of the American Shakespeare Center, the world’s only re-creation of Shakespeare’s Elizabethan-era indoor playhouse
- Heifetz Midweek Matinee concerts: Intimate noontime concerts in the historical First Presbyterian Church
- Heifetz Sunday Matinee concerts featuring students, faculty, and Alumni Artist Fellows
- Friday night Celebrity Series concerts featuring Heifetz faculty and select students
- A special “Heifetz Weekend in DC,” capped by an all-Institute performance at the Katzen Arts Center in Washington, DC
- Our renowned Saturday night Heifetz Hootenannies. Check out this story!
- Sunday evening “Tape and Listen” 360-degree HD video-recording sessions for chamber ensembles with Artistic Director Nicholas Kitchen
- A live-broadcast Independence Day Concert at a Presidential estate, and other special events
- Private house concerts, including Heifetz @ Home in the Valley, and outreach performances in area churches, libraries, day camps, and more.
- Special seminars, masterclasses, lectures, exhibitions and audition opportunities, including fine instrument dealers and From The Top auditions.
- Days of Play! Organized hikes, field trips, and outings for Heifetz students to explore the natural beauty and tourist attractions of Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley.
- Industry-leading HD audio and video productions for private use and on our popular YouTube channel
- Nationwide Heifetz On Tour concert opportunities throughout the year for alumni
- Residencies, partnerships, and audition opportunities with performing arts centers and major orchestras.
And it all takes place in Staunton, Virginia, known for its historic, culturally vibrant downtown and stunning natural beauty. Sandwiched in the Shenandoah Valley between the Blue Ridge and Allegheny mountains, Staunton regularly appears on lists of the nation’s best main streets and small cities in such publications as Smithsonian, Travel & Leisure, USA Today, and Architectural Digest.
Heifetz Performance and Communication Training
Heifetz Performance and Communication Training sets the Institute apart from all other summer learning experiences for string players. Classes and seminars in a variety of related disciplines are tailor-made to help you bring out and refine your expressive abilities. They’re also a great way for you to connect with your fellow students! 1-on-1 individualized coaching sessions will be available with Drama teacher and Communication Training Director Daniel Pettrow for the duration of the summer program. This innovative, comprehensive, and cross-disciplinary curriculum enhances everyone’s ability to become a more expressive and communicative artist. Click here for details about the program, faculty, and schedule.
Application Fees & Tuition
The application fee is $135.00, not included in the tuition rate. Click here for information on Tuition, Room & Board for 2020. The application deadline for the 2020 Heifetz Institute is 12:00 midnight EST Sunday, February 2, 2020. Applications received after that date will be considered only on a case-by-case basis.
Full and partial scholarships are available to qualified students. Scholarships are based primarily on demonstrated financial need, but merit is considered. Early applications are given first priority consideration. We also recommend that you investigate grant and scholarship opportunities within your community (schools, religious groups, arts or civic organizations, community foundations, and private donors) for alternate sources of financial aid.
We thank you once again for your interest in the Heifetz International Music Institute. Should you have any questions about the application process, write them on the form below. You can also contact our office at (540) 907-4446, or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Good luck! We look forward to hearing from you, and hopefully welcoming you to our beautiful campus in the Shenandoah Valley next summer!