Applications will be accepted until May 15th.
Space is Limited.

(Electronic or print & send applications)


July 20 - August 2, 2021
Announcing the VIRTUAL 2021 Berkshire High Peaks Program For
Outstanding Instrumentalists
and Singers

Once again, we are braving the pandemic and, as we all await the widespread distribution of the vaccine, will be holding our High Peaks festival virtually.   No quarantines, no travel required—but a stimulating schedule promising growth and a deeper understanding of our craft and role in society from your hometown to our faculty studios. 

We are now accepting applications for the summer intensive 12-day VIRTUAL seminar July 20 through August 2, 2021 for violinists, violists, cellists, pianists and vocalists.  

Each of you will be getting 4 private lessons over the course of the festival, participate in master classes by our faculty and guests, enjoy discussions by prominent composers, renowned pedagogues and public relations professionals who will look at the past, present and beyond the Coronavirus universe to chart what might be the course of classical music.  We look forward to greeting you as well at “Cafeteria Hour” for mingling, and valuable how-to sessions for the new age.  

To reserve a space, we must hear from you by April 20, 2021. Students who can demonstrate an advanced level of musicianship are invited to contact us. If you are a High Peaks alumnus and are receiving this email, please send us updates on your studies, career, performances, and whereabouts for an upcoming newsletter. If you would like to contribute to our new ALUMFUND (to fund scholarships), we will list you in our program.  

The total cost for the 2021 edition of the Berkshire High Peaks Festival is $750.  

Photo Credit: Arthur Dominguez, Randall Martin, Joel Patterson and Patty Donar videography & photography

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In past summers, students presented concerts at the historic Olana estate, at Basilica Hudson, the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, MA, Clermont State Historic Site, and at the Orpheum Theater in Tannersville, NY, and enjoyed community hospitality at house concerts and soirees. Most participants feel that the musical and instrumental progress and growth achieved during this session outdoes an entire semester back at school, and the bonding and friendships that are formed add a memorable dimension to the experience. Our alumni are enjoying careers in all spheres of music—as members of ensembles, conductors, teachers, and soloists.


"It would be impossible to appraise the value of the time I spent there. The artist faculty provided direct access to centuries of the pinnacle of musical knowledge, which had allowed me to broaden my expressive range and artistic comprehension. Having so many opportunities to play publicly has dramatically shaped my understanding of performance, and has shaped me into a more engaging artist. And as if the wealth of knowledge provided by the faculty weren’t enough, the campus itself provided an atmosphere that lent itself to artistic fruition. I honestly believe that music is best studied in a beautiful environment; it does half the work for us. There is something in it that instructs us, a force that constructs a melody right before your eyes.

- Jameel Martin, Candidate for MA, Viola,
The Juilliard School; Recipient of the
2016 Jerome Wright Scholarship

Students who can demonstrate an advanced level of musicianship are invited to contact us and send an audition video.

The total cost for the 2021 edition of the Berkshire High Peaks Festival is $750.  


Non refundable application fee $75.00
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Non refundable application fee  $75.00.
For accepted applicants, fee will be applied to cost total.
Applications will be reviewed beginning February 2021.
Scholarships available.

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Great Barrington, MA 01230

Available scholarship awards based on need and merit


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