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Summer String Fest


Watch the 2018 Summer String Fest performance in Merkin Hall.

There are still several spots open. To schedule an audition, call 212 501 3360 or email

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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.

Igal Kesselman, Festival Director
Lynelle Smith, Artistic Coordinator

Harlem Quartet: 2019 Quartet-in-Residence

2019 Repertoire
Geminiani  -  Concerto grosso in Dm
Debussy  -  “Girl with the Flaxen Hair”
Karlowicz  -  “Waltz”
Piazzola  -  "Libertango"

Viktor Basis, violin
Yurie Mitsuhashi, violin
Shmuel Katz, viola
Yari Bond, cello

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.

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


Class Details

Class ID 11693
Age 9 - 23
Day Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri
Time 9:00 am - 4:15 pm
Start/End Aug 19, 2019 - Aug 23, 2019
Sessions 5 | Show dates
Term Summer 2019
Tuition $530
Max Class Size 40
Instructor Lynelle Smith

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