Kaufman Music Center

Summer String Fest  |  ID# 8998

Class Details:
Day: Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri
Time: 9:00 am - 4:15 pm
Start/End: Aug 22, 2016 - Aug 26, 2016
Sessions: 5
Term: Summer 2016
Prerequisites: N/A
Tuition: $520
Age: 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23
Max Class Size: 30
Instructor: Lynelle Smith
Notes: N/A

Watch the 2017 Summer String Fest performance in Merkin Concert Hall.

Auditions: May 6 & 13, 2018
Deadline to Register: April 1, 2018

Kaufman Music Center's Summer String Fest brings together talented young violinists, violists and cellists each August for an intensive week of music-making, fun and friendship.  All-day sessions feature chamber orchestra or ensemble and sectional group instruction as well as masterclasses, workshops or performances by faculty and guest artists. The week concludes with a final performance featuring all String Fest participants in Merkin Concert Hall. Students will take a field trip to the Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center or one of New York's other major cultural institutions.

String Fest is open to intermediate and advanced string players ages 9-18 as well as college-age musicians 18-23. Students are placed in orchestra or ensemble assignments according to age and playing level.

Chamber Music Track
For musicians age 16-23 and exceptionally advanced younger performers, we are offering an exciting week of chamber music and chamber orchestra.

Optional: A 50% discount is available for up to 5 individual lessons with Kaufman Music Center's faculty prior to the Festival for all String Fest registered students.  Tuition for the 5-day program includes all coaching, classes, activities and a field trip.  Students are required to bring their own brown bag lunches.  Full payment is due by May 15, 2017.  $100 tuition deposit required.

Auditions will be held May 6th and May 13th.

Deadline to register and schedule an audition: April 1, 2018. 

Tuition: $520
Application fee: $25

Total: $545

Register before March 1, 2018 and tuition is only $420!

Required Audition Repertoire Junior Advanced

  • Bach Concerto in A minor level or above - violin/viola
  • Sammartini/Berteau Sonata in G major -cello
  • 3 octave scales
  • Excerpts from concert repertoire

Required Audition Repertoire Advanced

  • 2 contrasting pieces or movements of an advanced concerto
  • 3 octave scales and arpeggios
  • Excerpts from concert repertoire

Required Audition Repertoire Chamber Music Track (with Advanced Performing Experience)

  • Movement of advanced concerto or concert piece
  • Movement of unaccompanied Bach
  • 3 octave scales
  • Excerpts from concert repertoire

Igal Kesselman, Festival Director
Lynelle Smith, Artistic Coordinator  

Rob Kapilow, Conductor   

Harlem Quartet, Quartet in Residence                                                                                                                 

Artistic faculty from Kaufman Music Center's Special Music School, Lucy Moses School and other Guest Artists.

Watch the 2016 final performance in Merkin Concert Hall.

Watch the 2015 final performance in Merkin Concert Hall.

Download a printable 2018 String Fest flyer.

All Class Dates

  • Aug 22, 2016
  • Aug 23, 2016
  • Aug 24, 2016
  • Aug 25, 2016
  • Aug 26, 2016
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