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August 6-16, 2018
Announcing the 2018 Berkshire High Peaks Program For Outstanding Instrumentalists
THE BERKSHIRE SCHOOL

Scholarships Available


We are now accepting applications for the end-of-summer intensive 10-day seminar on the campus of the Berkshire School in Sheffield, MA which runs from August 6 through 16, 2018 for violinists, violists, cellists and pianists. For those of you who are returning, there's no need to describe the exhilarating lessons and classes with teachers from top conservatories, the joyful concerts and the wonderful international young artists who gather. At our new location in the heart of the cultural Berkshires, we will be inspired by the incomparable scenery, serenity and appreciation for the arts that have drawn visitors from around the world to Tanglewood, Jacob’s Pillow and so many other iconic institutions. In past summers, students presented concerts at the historic Olana, at Basilica Hudson, the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, MA, Clermont State Historic Site, Bridge Street Theater in Catskill, the Orpheum Theater in Tannersville, NY, and the New York State Museum in Albany. 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.

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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.

 





The total cost for the 2018 edition of Berkshire High Peaks Festival is $1,450 for housing, meal plan, private lessons, master classes, performance opportunities, hikes, picnics, and more.  The Berkshire School has outstanding facilities and resources for the arts in this mountain setting. Participants are housed in lovely accommodations, share three meals a day at the Benson Commons and have access to seminar rooms and the high occupancy Allen Theater. The 2018 faculty includes pianists Alexander Shtarkman (Peabody Conservatory) and Mikael Darmanie (SUNY  Stony Brook); violinists Irina Muresanu (University of Maryland) and Peter Zazofsky (Boston University); violists Pierre-Henri Xuereb (Paris Conservatoire) Michael Strauss (Oberlin) and Su Zhen (Beijing Conservatory); cellists Yehuda Hanani (University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory), Chagit Glaser (Rubin Academy of Music, Tel Aviv University), as well as Baroque experts Paul Dwyer (cello, Acronym, Chicago Lyric Opera) and Adriane Post (violin, Apollo’s Fire, Handel and Haydn Society). “Music with Altitude” is the leitmotif weaving through the festival spirit and activities—cross-cultural events that provide a natural high on music, nature and the arts for students, faculty and audiences.


  • Late night jamming and "Moonlight Sonatas" performances by participants.

  • Workshops on technique, historical performances, cultural context for music.

  • Individualized guidance for going beyond the notes for performances that communicate meaning.

  • Sessions on ensemble skills--matching timbre, honing intonation, and cultivating a holistic view of the score.

  • Trips to local sites of significance and interest: All Berkshire and NW Connecticut cultural and tourism sites.

  • A focus in 2018 will be on the French-Russian connection and on women composers.
     
  • Opportunity to participate in “Buddy Day” with El Sistema-trained kids.

  • Talks by leading composers and scholars.
Students who can demonstrate an advanced level of musicianship are encouraged to inquire about applying. We look forward to sharing the magic of music in the mountains.

 

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 January 2018.


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