2017 Summer Session
Since 1944 Ivan Galamian’s Meadowmount School of Music has been a summer school for young musicians training for a professional career in music. In 1954, the school was organized as a non-profit corporation under the aegis of the Society for Strings, Inc.
The school has a capacity enrollment of over 200, yet is small enough to provide personal attention to each student. A careful balance of intense practice and physical recreation ensure that students remain focused and productive. An emphasis on chamber music provides social interaction and personal development in an artistic context. The teaching concepts of Mr. Galamian remain intact through his former students now on the faculty. The success of his daily routine has been noted and praised in Daniel Coyle’s bestseller “The Talent Code”. The Great Britain Olympic Training Commission approached Meadowmount wanting to talk about how our methods might be incorporated into their athletic training.
Our alumni are among the very best of the international soloists and chamber musicians, the concertmasters and principal players of the world’s leading orchestras and the distinguished artist teachers of our major conservatories.
Through the guidance of the dedicated teaching and coaching staff, the availability of professional collaborative pianists and the time dedicated to practice, students can accomplish at Meadowmount in a summer what would ordinarily take a year to accomplish at home.
Individual instruction is only one part of the Meadowmount curriculum. By placing special emphasis on chamber music, Meadowmount gives students the opportunity to learn collaborative skills in small ensembles to which each member’s contribution is vitally important. Many chamber groups are featured in our Concert Hall and in off-campus performances throughout the summer. String Quartet performances are selected through the Meadowmount String Quartet Play-off competition at the end of the fifth week.
Students must meet certain standards of performance, must arrive on time, and be a full time student to participate in the chamber music program. Placement is based on the quality of the chamber music excerpts submitted with your solo audition. Chamber Group placement is subject to change. At the discretion of the Director and Faculty, students may be moved from groups as necessary at any time due to individual music ability, group dynamics, or coaching preference.
Most students are assigned to one chamber music group. Select violin students will have two groups: one for violin, and one where they play viola. Most groups will be quartets, but there are also duets, trios, quintets, sextets, and even octets. Students receive at least one coaching per week from a Faculty member. Students are responsible to schedule and manage their own daily rehearsals, but help from teaching assistants is available for the younger groups.
In 1993, a Piano Program was added to the string program to nurture and inspire pianists in the disciplined Galamian tradition.
Six pianists with significant solo experience and demonstrated chamber music skills are accepted for study each summer. Students have their own private studio with a Steinway or Yamaha grand piano for practice and rehearsals. Individual instruction in the solo piano repertoire, participation in weekly master classes, guest artist master classes and involvement in a chamber group coached by both the piano and string faculties, provide for a tremendous amount of growth.
The following offerings may have additional fees:
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Students practice in their private rooms with a ten minute break each hour. For students under 18, assistance is available from practice monitors.
Concerts, chamber music coaching, chamber music rehearsals, studio classes, rehearsals with accompanists, master classes and special events are scheduled in the afternoons and evenings. Off-campus recreational activities are offered afternoons and weekends. Thus, each student's individual weekly schedule is unique.
Master classes are open to all students regardless of instrument studied. Practice Saturday afternoon and Sunday is optional.
For more information about campus life and requirements visit our For Students section.