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Wintergreen Summer Music Academy 2019


String Chamber Music Academy

July 7 - August 4, 2019

Half Sessions (limited availability):

Sunday, July 7 - Sunday, July 21; Sunday, July 21 - Sunday, August 4

Below is the 2018 information. 2019 information coming October 15.

Contact Academy@WintergreenPerformingArts.Org for specifics.

Open to advanced high school, undergraduate, and graduate string players. Individuals and pre-formed ensembles are invited to apply.


Explore chamber music in a supportive and intense environment. Study includes: private lessons, daily coachings, twice weekly masterclasses, performance opportunities, professional development, special interest sessions, and more. Students develop musical and instrumental skills, hone their chamber music and interpersonal negotiating abilities, and evolve into strong, independent artists - all while observing their teachers and mentors perform at the Wintergreen Summer Music Festival.

The outstanding string faculty and coaches are members of the professional Wintergreen Festival Orchestra. These instructors play in orchestras and ensembles around the country and internationally and are university teachers or experienced pedagogues.

String Academy ensembles also have the option work closely with Composition Academy students and instructors to explore, perform, and record new works.  


What to expect

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  • One private lesson per week with our top-notch faculty

  • Multiple twice-weekly masterclasses and weekly instrument-specific technique classes

  • Study and perform up to three major chamber music works

  • Multiple opportunities to work with and observe the professional musicians of the Wintergreen Festival Orchestra

  • Large ensemble readings with Conductors Mei-Ann Chen and Victor Yampolsky and a performance with Rachel Barton Pine (For half sessions, inquire about schedule for these special events.)

  • Multiple public performances (at least one per week) in formal and informal settings, building confidence and experience in concert presentation

  • Guidance in public speaking, community engagement,

  • Free access to nearly all Wintergreen Summer Music Festival performances (a $500 value)

  • Beautiful hiking trails, breathtaking overlooks, and free access to the Wintergreen Resort Fitness and Aquatics center

  • Electives such as: recording technology, conducting, working with composers, music business, body mechanics

A typical week includes:

  • Time for Individual practice

  • Twelve hours of ensemble rehearsal

  • Three hours of ensemble coaching

  • Two masterclasses with faculty and/or guest artists

  • A private lesson

  • One or two elective classes

  • Rare opportunities to observe faculty chamber music rehearsals

  • Attendance at Wintergreen Summer Music Festival orchestral and chamber music performances

  • Recreation and time to relax with friends and colleague

Application Deadlines & Audition


  • February 1:
    Early Bird Deadline. Fee only $45.
    Beginning February 2, Fee increases to $65

  • March 1: Application Deadline

  • April 1: Reservation deposit due


During February, students will be notified of acceptances on a rolling basis within two weeks of application submission. Scholarship money will be not be decided until after March 1. All decisions will be made by March 15.  

Application requirements:

  • Audio or video (preferred) recordings of at least two contrasting works of at least 15 minutes total in duration demonstrating technical and musical ability. Applicants may upload file or provide a link during the application process.

  • Current resume of training experience

  • List of chamber music works studied and/or performed. Chamber music experience is not a requirement. This list helps us create chamber groups of matching experience.

  • Contact information for one reference

  • Those wishing to apply for need-based financial aid will need to submit a statement of need and an electronic copy of their parents' 2016 or 2017 Federal Tax Return with sensitive information removed and a Statement of Need

  • Those wishing to apply for work-study financial aid will need to briefly outline any relevant experience

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In 2017, over 75% of our students received scholarship. We expect a similar distribution for 2018.  We offer merit, work-study, and need-based financial aid.  


  • Application Fees:
    $45 on or before Feb 1, 2018
    $65 Feb 2, 2018 and after

  • Tuition:
    Full session: $2150
    Half sessions: $1075
    (Merit, need, and work-study scholarships available. 75% of our students receive financial assistance.)

  • Room and Board:
    Full session: $1920
    Half sessions: $960
    ($480 per week. Room and Board includes all food and lodging, free admission to the aquatics center, a Festival t-shirt, admission to all Festival events, and transportation to and from the Charlottesville airport, train station, or bus terminal.)

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