News Archive

2016 Guest Artists

Paul Katz, cellist of the internationally acclaimed Cleveland Quartet and faculty at The New England Conservatory, joins Meadowmount this summer for a three day residency, including a masterclass. 

Pianist Ann Schein and violinist Earl Carlyss will join us this summer at Meadowmount for masterclasses and chamber music coachings.

Cellist David Geber, soloist and founding member of the American String Quartet, will give a masterclass at Meadowmount this summer. 

Kurt Sassmannshaus, violin professor at the University of Cincinnati's College-Conservatory of Music, comes to Meadowmount this summer to give a masterclass. 

Winner in the senior division of the 2016 Sphinx Competition, cellist Thomas Mesa, will return to Meadowmount this summer for a concert and a performance class.

Announcement of Kikuei Ikeda appointment to faculty:

The Meadowmount School of Music is privileged to announce the appointment of Kikuei Ikeda, 2nd violinist of the Tokyo String Quartet for nearly 40 years, to our Chamber Music Faculty. Mr. Ikeda brings formidable experience and understanding of the string quartet repertoire to our student string quartets.

Guest Workshops 2016:

Gerald Klickstein, Author of The Musician's Way
From The Top Auditions and Outreach Seminar

Joseph Silverstein: Meadowmount is saddened by the news that we have lost Joseph Silverstein. He was our friend, our supporter and our mentor. He brought to us a sense of joy in music-making and a spirit of honest camaraderie. We will miss him terribly but will forever treasure what he gave us.

Meadowmount in the News
A Blog post on tells the story of Meadowmount and our special relationship with our beautiful surroundings. The article is called Adirondacks: With Strings Attached. Read it Here

Meadowmount Cellists at XV International Tchaikovsky Competition
Meadowmount will be very well represented at the 15th International Tchaikovsky Competition. The competition begins in Moscow on June 10, 2015.

Among the 48 cellists chosen to participate are Brannon Cho, John-Henry Crawford, Sihao He, all current students of Hans Jørgen Jensen and Tavi Ungerlieder (MMT 06-07). The audition round for cellists begins June 13 in Moscow, moving to St. Petersburg for the remaining rounds.

Violinist James Ehnes (MMT 89-92) will be on the jury of the violin competition. Cellists Myung-Wha Chung (MMT 61-62, 64, 68) and Lynn Harrell (MMT 59-61) will be on the jury of the cello competition. Distinguished pianist Menahem Pressler, a member of the Meadowmount Director’s Board of Advisors, will return to Moscow to join the piano competition jury.

Board of Directors Appointment to The Society for Strings, Inc.
Internationally acclaimed violinist James Ehnes (MMT 89-92) has joined the Board of Directors of the Society for Strings, Inc.

Meadowmount Faculty Member Appointed to CIM Violin Faculty
Meadowmount faculty member Jan Mark Sloman (MMT 60 – 71) has been appointed to the violin faculty of the Cleveland Institute of Music beginning fall, 2015. Mr. Sloman will join fellow Meadowmount faculty Ivan Zenaty and Meadowmount alum, Jaime Laredo (MMT 54-59) on this distinguished faculty.

Guest Artists for 2015

James Ehnes began violin studies at the age of four, and at age nine became a protégé of the noted Canadian violinist Francis Chaplin. He studied with Sally Thomas at the Meadowmount School of Music and from 1993 to 1997 at The Juilliard School, winning the Peter Mennin Prize for Outstanding Achievement and Leadership in Music upon his graduation.

Anne Epperson, Professor of Collaborative Piano, Butler School of Music, Austin, TX, will offer classes and workshops at Meadowmount from July 7 - 12.

Jonathan Koh, will join the staff of the Meadowmount School of Music for the 2015 season as Cello Faculty. He has established himself as one of the most exciting musical entrepreneurs and teachers of his generation. A passionate and dedicated teacher who is in extreme high demand, Jonathan’s students have won top prizes in numerous competitions and performed all over the globe.

New Faculty Announced

Eric Larsen, Director of the Meadowmount School of Music, is proud to announce two major additions  to Meadowmount’s artist faculty. Violinist
Ivan Ženatý and cellist Clive Greensmith will join the school as full-time faculty in June 2014 for the 71st Season. “I couldn’t be happier than to welcome these two renowned artists to our faculty. Both Mr. Ženatý and Mr. Greensmith share the same passion for teaching that Ivan Galamian exemplified 70 years ago. They will surely help us keep his vision for the Meadowmount School of Music alive in the coming years.”

Sally G. Thomas Fellowship

Meadowmount Announces NEW Student Fellowship Honoring Faculty Member Sally Thomas.

Farewell From Amy Barlowe and Alan Bodman, Retiring Faculty

How do I begin to write a “farewell” to Meadowmount? I guess I can begin by asking what brought us back year after year (for me, 25 years plus 5 years on teaching fellowships as a student, and 27 years on the faculty for Alan). Was it the lure of a music school nestled in the stunningly beautiful Adirondacks with a magic that could touch students and teachers alike by giving them a seven-week retreat from the real world and fostering miraculous musical achievements? Was it that Alan and I had met there on the first day of the summer of 1988, and three weeks later played a Leclair duo on the evening of our engagement?

Stephen Kates Memorial Fellowship Awarded to Cellist Yuki Koyama

Cellist Yuki Koyama, a student of Hans Jørgen Jensen at both Meadowmount and Northwestern University, has been named first recipient of the new Stephen Kates Memorial Fellowship.

Virginia Farmer Memorial Scholarship Established at Meadowmount

Meadowmount School of Music alumna Dr. Virginia Farmer passed away on June 11, 2013 in Urbana, IL. Her entire collection of violins, violas and bows was bequeathed to Meadowmount to establish a “Virginia Farmer Memorial Scholarship” fund for deserving violin students.

Meadowmount Announces Guest Artists and Career Professionals for the 2014 Season

Lynn Harrell
Cellist, Soloist

Joseph Silverstein
Violinist and Conductor

Orchestra Audition Seminar lead by

Richard Roberts
, Concertmaster Montreal Symphony
Marianne Dugal, Associate Concertmaster, Montreal Symphony

Musician’s Wellness Workshops

Robyn Avalon
, Alexander Technique Director of Alexander Alliance Southwest/Alaska/Italia
Emily Abruzzi, Registered Yoga Instructor
Brian Trzaskos, PT, LMT -Body Alignment
Ani Anderson, MS, OT LMT - Meditation/Relaxation

Guest Artists' Quotes

Guest Artists' Quotes
See what our previous guest artists have to say about their Meadowmount experience.

Radio Show "From The Top" returning to audition Meadowmount Students for the 6th year!

"The simple math has Meadowmount attracting a higher concentration of qualified kids than pretty much anywhere else we go. That's saying something."
Tom Vignieri, Producer / Director of From The Top

Meadowmount begins new Alumni Organization

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Meadowmount Director Eric Larsen featured in article

"A Musical Tradition Lives On: Eric Larsen keeps the Meadowmount legacy alive."
Article in Lake Champlain Weekly by Benjamin Pomerance.
Click here to Download Article in PDF format (Larsen.pdf, 43M)
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Joshua Bell Featured in article

Lake Champlain Weekly, article by Benjamin Pomerance: "PACMAN to PAGANINI, Violinist Joshua Bell"
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Virginian-Pilot Article Featuring Meadowmount Alumni Joshua Bell

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Faculty Member Amy Barlowe Receives Award

Amy Barlowe “2011 Arts Alive Award for Outstanding Artist in Music”
Presented by the Akron Area Arts Alliance for enriching lives through participation in arts and cultural activities.

National Council on the Arts Names Aaron Dworkin

Aaron Dworkin, Meadowmount Alumnus, President and Founder of Sphinx, has been nominated to the National Council on the Arts by President Obama. As advisory body to the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Council on the Arts approves grants and agency policies.


Meadowmount School of Music Appoints New Director

The Meadowmount School of Music has appointed Eric Larsen as the new Director. Mr. Larsen has been the Interim Director for the past year, Director of Meadowmount's Piano Program since 1991 and performs with the Meadowmount Trio. He is currently on the Artist Faculty and Chair of the Piano Area at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Mr. Larsen will be instrumental in enhancing the quality of education for which Meadowmount is famous and we congratulate him on this appointment.

Starling Foundation Scholarships Awarded To Meadowmount School Of Music Teacher's Studio

The nationally recognized Starling Foundation, whose mission is to support leading American violin teachers and their studios, has chosen to add the studio of Jan Mark Sloman, longtime DMTA member and supporter, to its list of recipients. Their commitment to Mr. Sloman's studio at the famed Meadowmount School of Music will include both scholarship and private lesson assistance over the next three summers.

Jan Mark Sloman named YoungArts Distinguished Educator in the the Arts

Violin Faculty member Jan Sloman was named YoungArts 2010 Performing Arts Educator of the Year, by The National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts.

Faculty Member Hans Jorgen Jensen Wins Award

Meadowmount faculty member Hans Jorgen Jensen was named Artist Teacher of the Year by the American String Teachers Association at the 2010 ASTA Convention in California. Cello students who have studied with Mr. Jensen and those of us who have heard these students perform know this is a much deserved reward. We congratulate him and look forward to his continued contributions to teaching.

Tahirah Whittington, 2010 assistant teacher to Hans Jensen, receives rave performance review. Tahirah will return again to Meadowmount in 2011 to teach full time.
View her performance review

Town and Country Magazine

Features the Meadowmount School of Music in its Arts and Culture Section.
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ABC News "Nightline"

Features the Meadowmount School of Music for its success in developing musical talent.
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"The Talent Code" by Daniel Coyle

Cites the Meadowmount School of Music as a hotbed for musical development. Link here:

Mrs. Judith Galamian

Nov 4, 1908 - Sept 15, 2005
Memorial Scholarship Fund
Proceeds donated to this Memorial Fund will help a scholarship student attend Meadowmount. All donations can be sent to the Meadowmount School of Music, 1424 County Route 10, Westport, New York 12993

Meadowmount mentioned in Parade Magazine

The January 30, 2005 issue has Yo Yo Ma on the cover and the article mentions how he began to find his own voice at Meadowmount in 1971.

Gregor Piatigorsky Memorial Fellowship

Otis Mountain Press is donating a portion of the proceeds from the sale of the book GRISHA to the Meadowmount School of Music to create the Gregor Piatigorsky Memorial Fellowship. This fellowship will allow a worthy cello student the opportunity to study at Meadowmount.

Visit the Named Scholarship Awards Page

In 2002, Pinchas Zukerman returned to his alma mater to give master classes and a performance at our annual benefit concert. He especially enjoyed his visit to his old room in Piatigorsky dorm, providing for some fond remembrances of dorm life in the 1960s.

Back in Print and now available for purchase!
"Miraculous Teacher IVAN GALAMIAN and the Meadowmount Experience"

Originally published in 1993 by Elizabeth Green, this book tells the story of Meadowmount and details the life and teaching of Ivan Galamian.
Order Here