In this uniquely challenging time when many of us may be feeling isolated, we want to share news with you that we hope will further connect us, through music, in the months ahead… but in a manner that none of us expected even a short time ago! The 2020 Summer Institute will take place ONLINE from June 25 – August 9, 2020.
There are a limited number of openings for the new Virtual Institute – APPLY HERE
Now, we could just shutter the Institute and say, “see you next year.” But as you may have guessed from the new Heifetz logo, that is not the message we wish to convey. You have made a tremendous commitment to be part of an invaluable musical enterprise this summer – an enterprise that enables you and your peers to hone skills in ways both expected and as-yet-unimagined. We now invite you to join us in participating in a different Institute that our team has been tirelessly crafting these past few weeks: a virtual Heifetz Institute for Summer 2020.
To create a meaningful and intense summertime musical learning experience in the digital realm that thrives on the Heifetz Institute’s unique vision, values, and assets.
The Summer Program
- Two online private one-hour lessons per week.
- One online studio class per week with fellow studio students.
- Online Communication classes with stellar actors, directors, choreographers and other artists, as well as one-on-one sessions with Communication Training Director Daniel Pettrow
- Pianists will continue to work with students in their assigned studio via the latest studio-recording collaboration technology.
- In a similar vein, each student will have another string “duo partner” with whom they will collaborate and perform in a similar manner. We are leaving open the possibility of “leveling up” to trios and quartets as well, given time, technology, and growing expertise.
- Two “[Virtual] Stars of Tomorrow” concerts featuring #VirtualHeifetz2020 students per week. Students and pianists selected for performances will work with the Heifetz Multimedia Team, who will produce the content for production and release via YouTube and Facebook Live.
New Programs for #VirtualHeifetz2020 Include:
- One All-Institute Masterclass per week.
- “The Beethoven Experience” – a symposium and performance series in celebration of the 250th anniversary of the birth of Ludwig van Beethoven, with Heifetz Institute Artistic Director Nicholas Kitchen, the resident Borromeo String Quartet, and special guests.
- Online presentation and communication skills training – including basic audio and video production tutorials.
- Aided by our renowned Multimedia Production team, each #VirtualHeifetz2020 student will produce at least one piece to present in an online concert, to also include distribution on the Heifetz Facebook Live and YouTube channels.
- Each master class, symposium, and lecture will be video recorded for access and download. The Zoom platform will also enable screen shares, group chats, and whiteboarding, among other features.
- Each student will be provided with a “Heifetz Tech Toolkit,” (consisting of a USB microphone, over-the-ear headphones, a tripod and accessories) to install on their own devices in order to guarantee consistency of sound quality.
- Even before the Institute begins, we will conduct tutorials, webinars, and one-on-one interviews designed to maximize your summertime experience with the Heifetz Institute.
- A free three month premium subscription to Idagio – the premier streaming service for classical music online, and powerful resource for learning and inspiration in this digital medium.
*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.
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. See the incredible work that faculty members Melissa White and Elena Urioste of Intermission Sessions have been doing to work with students throughout the quarantine.
Heifetz concerts are intended to be community events that bring music lovers together to form a dynamic connection between performers and audiences. During this time in which such gatherings are imprudent, we will continue to connect students with our community of music lovers, supporters, and patrons both locally and worldwide.
- [Virtual] Stars of Tomorrow: A twice-weekly compendium of fresh performances by the brilliant young artists of #Heifetz2020 [Mondays and Thursdays]
- The Beethoven Experience: While our live concert series and symposia at the Blackfriars Playhouse are on pause, our exploration of the complete string quartets of Beethoven in celebration of the composer’s 250th birth anniversary will shift to the digital realm, with gripping performances by the Borromeo Quartet, along with newly-produced recordings, discussions, and commentary led by Heifetz Institute Artistic Director Nicholas Kitchen. [Tuesdays]
- Young Alumni Showcase: Freshly-curated content and previously unreleased performances spotlighting some our outstanding young Heifetz alumni. Featuring competition winners and superb soloists, these are the ambassadors of the Heifetz ethos who represent the vanguard of the next wave of concert music. [Wednesdays]
- Celebrity Series Faculty Fridays: The day when the legendary Heifetz faculty gets pride of place, with memorable performances by some of the biggest names in the business. You’ll see dazzling performances from years past as well as commentary from these renowned figures in the music world. [Fridays]
- Heifetz Hootenannies! : It’s not a Heifetz summer without a “Hoot” – even in the virtual realm! Our multi-genre Saturday series will carry on with a mix of brand-new and archival recordings to offer our students and extended musical family an opportunity to perform everything from Bach to Bluegrass to Broadway and beyod. [Saturdays]
- Heifetz On Tour: Take a musical road trip as we revisit some of the finest performances from our Heifetz on Tour ensembles over the last decade. From Maine to Florida, in churches, theaters, and school auditoriums, we’ll share some never-before-seen concerts presented by our steadfast partner institutions throughout the country, and you’ll hear from the players themselves the impact of these touring experiences. [Sundays}
- And A Whole Lot More! Aided by our renowned Multimedia Production team, each #VirtualHeifetz2020 student will produce at least one piece to present in an online concert, which will also be distributed via our Heifetz channels on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.
All concerts will be available for free on our YouTube and Facebook channels for seven days following the broadcast, at which point they will be available in the archives for our Digital Season Pass Holders.
Click here for information on how to apply, and the associated costs for the virtual Institute.
Should you have any questions about this ongoing process, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.