WSHV TV3: Aug. 31, 2016: WATCH: Mary Baldwin University launch and 175th anniversary kick-off
Today, on August 31, Mary Baldwin College will officially become Mary Baldwin University and kick off its 175th anniversary year in a ceremony at 10:55 a.m. on Page Terrace in front of Grafton Library — the traditional site of Mary Baldwin’s Commencement Exercises. You can watch live video of the ceremony at the bottom of this article in two forms: Facebook Live video being recorded by WHSV’s Jared Kline or Mary Baldwin’s official livestream. The celebration will include a formal procession with faculty, administrators, special guests, and leadership boards; musical selections featuring performers from the Heifetz International Music Institute, Madison Brass, and African Drummer Paschal Young; remarks from U.S. Rep. Bob Goodlatte; and proclamations hailing MBU’s legacy from local government, state lawmakers, and the governor’s office….
The News Leader, Aug. 26, 2016: Editorial: The Sweet Sound of Success
Our local summer has been especially sweet: music. Every week — on some weeks every day — natives, newcomers and tourists came together at Gypsy Hill Park, in downtown Staunton, at the Wayne Theater, at Natural Chimneys, at Oak Grove and at the Frontier Culture Museum. This meant more than economic development. It meant a stronger, happier community. The success list is long. The Heifetz International Music Institute in Staunton played to 80 percent capacity at its ticketed concerts. Before its six weeks of 50 events began in late June, it worked with Mary Baldwin College to renovate Francis Auditorium in 44 days….
The News Leader, Aug. 12, 2016: Young Artists Learn to ‘Feel the Music’
At Heifetz, the process of learning how to engage is far more organic. It begins with first discovering who you are and then learning how to send who you are out into the world so the world can connect with you. Chic Street Man is one of the communication teachers at Heifetz. He shepherds the students from start to finish which means first learning how to stand in the middle of a classroom and describe who you are to a person standing across from you….
News Leader Video: Feel the Music: A Heifetz Institute Communication Class.
The News Leader, Aug. 2, 2016: Young Musicians Dream Big At New Program
Running concurrently with the Heifetz Institute International Festival, the Program for the Exceptionally Gifted (PEG) is three weeks for violin, viola and cello players ages 8 to 13 years old. It features faculty from Juilliard, New England Conservatory and the Manhattan School of Music, with administrators and counselors who specialize in training and nurturing young talent in a supportive environment….
News Leader Video: Welcoming The Young And Talented
The News Leader, July 28, 2016: New Folk Festival comes to Staunton
Sunspots Studios will host the new Staunton Folk Festival at Sunspots Pavilion on Saturday, July 30, from noon to 10 p.m. Admission is free. The festival is devoted to the rich musical landscape that has sprung from the American experience and the traditions of the people that settled here from all over the world. Heifetz students will also present a set of their hootenanny folk music at the festival. Heifetz Institute is an international summer program for young, talented string musicians. While typically focusing on classical music, the musicians are also challenged to try folk and other genres, and they offer performances of those styles at Saturday evening hootenanny concerts throughout July and early August at Mary Baldwin University…..
The Daily Progress, July 28th, 2016: Inaugural folk fest this Saturday in Staunton
The News Leader, July 18, 2016: Staunton-brewed cool at Heifetz ‘Hoots’
I had been wanting to go to a Heifetz Hootenanny since they began last year. This year, they moved them outside under a big tent on campus at Mary Baldwin University. It felt a little more accessible to me in terms of being kid-friendly, so although we were a bit tired, I decided to just show up and see what happens. After all, that is what a hootenanny is supposed to be about — artists show up, jam and see what happens….
News Leader Video: Scatting At a Heifetz Hootenanny
The News Leader, June 30, 2016: It’s Raining Pianos at Mary Baldwin’s Heifetz
It’s a good day for Heifetz Institute and Lewis Piano Movers on a Wednesday morning in late June at Mary Baldwin College. There is a slight breeze, the temperature is in the 70s and it isn’t raining. There is a tractor-trailer parked on campus and carefully packed inside are 23 brand new Yamaha grand and vertical pianos donated by Downtown Piano Works for the Heifetz Institute to use….
News Leader Video: Moving Day At the Heifetz Institute
The News Leader, June 29, 2016: Grammy winners, gifted artists to play at Heifetz’s 20th
This summer, a record 95 students from 22 states across the nation and 15 countries from around the globe will descend on Mary Baldwin College to participate in the 20th anniversary Heifetz International Music Institute and its 2016 Festival of Concerts. From the Opening Concert and Convocation on July 2 to the Grand Finale and Farewell Feast on Aug. 11, the Institute’s faculty performers, alumni Artists in Residence and young students present 46 public concerts, symposia and special events in Staunton….
The News Leader, May 12, 2016: Funds sought to renovate MBC’s Francis Auditorium
Mary Baldwin College and the Heifetz International Music Institute have joined forces on a new campaign called Take Your Seat, a project to celebrate their partnership as they approach two milestones: Mary Baldwin’s upcoming 175th anniversary and Heifetz Institute’s 20th anniversary. The two institutions have jointly created the campaign to raise funds for a renovation of the James D. Francis Auditorium, site of dozens of concerts, lectures, convocations and classes each year on Mary Baldwin’s main campus.
Augusta Free Press, April 22, 2016: Mary Baldwin College, Heifetz Institute Partner to Enhance Performance Space
The News Leader, April 19, 2016: Heifetz Trio to Perform At Valley Venues
A trio of Heifetz Institute performers will be back in the Valley for a variety of concert appearances and events to celebrate the arts community and splendor of spring in Staunton.The performances feature two of the Institute’s most talented (and youngest) students from the Heifetz Institute summer 2015 program: 14-year-old violinist Masha Lakisova and 15-year-old cellist Isaiah Kim, joined by veteran pianist Anton Smirnoff….
The News Leader, Feb. 17, 2016: Heifetz and MBC Create New Summer Program
The Heifetz International Music Institute in partnership with Mary Baldwin College announce a joint initiative to create an innovative three-week intensive summer program, HeifetzPEG, for gifted young string musicians (violin, viola and cello) between the ages of 8 and 13 years old…..
Augusta Free Press, Feb. 15, 2016: Heifetz Institute, Mary Baldwin College announce initiative for young string players
The News Leader, Dec. 10, 2015: Heifetz Institute to receive second grant from NEA
The National Endowment for the Arts announced a series of grant awards to nonprofit arts organizations around the nation, including a grant to the Heifetz International Music Institute to support its Performance and Communication Training program, a hallmark of the Heifetz Institute’s solo and chamber music summer program and Festival of Concerts, which in 2016 will observe its 20th anniversary…..
Augusta Free Press, Dec. 7, 2015: One Night Only: Heifetz Band Plays Holiday Show Dec. 18
Founder and Artistic Director Daniel Heifetz brings back to the Staunton stage—for one night only— a “Heifetz Band” of alumni all-stars for a heartwarming celebration of the season on Friday, December 18 at 7:30 at Francis Auditorium on the campus of Mary Baldwin College…..
Jamestown Press, Oct. 29, 2015: Classical Musicians Wow Crowd
Accomplished. Marvelous. Extraordinary. Once again, there was no absence of flattering adjectives following a Heifetz concert in town. “They always knock the socks off of everybody,” said Karen Conway, events coordinator at the Jamestown Arts Center…..
Newport Daily News, Oct. 21, 2015: Music To Their Ears (Front Page)
PORTSMOUTH, R.I. — Young pianist Hsin-Chiao Liao played “Clair de Lune” — “Moonlight” — by French composer Claude Debussy before an audience of close to 180 students at The Pennfield School on Wednesday and asked them what they were thinking about as they listened…
Newport Seen, Oct. 29th, 2015: Jamestown Arts Center hosted “Heifetz on Tour”, divine classical chamber music
Classical Voice of North Carolina, Oct. 6, 2015: A Smorgasbord of Musical Samplings at “Heifetz on Tour”
The Music and Museum series at the Bechtler Museum of Art presented a fine program of music ranging from Hadyn to Tchaikovsky. The musicians, students and artist faculty from the Heifetz International Music Institute at Mary Baldwin College (with which artistic director Benjamin Roe is now involved), played with maturity and connected with the audience through thoughtful introductions to each piece….
The News Leader, Sept. 29, 2015: Heifetz on Tour to perform in Staunton
The $30,000 grant is the largest National Endowment for the Arts award in the history of the Heifetz Institute.
The News Leader, March 25, 2015: Heifetz Institute begins spring season
The News Leader, Feb. 9, 2015: Heifetz Institute Moving to East Beverley
The Heifetz Institute will be moving further downtown onto East Beverley Street.