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Summer String Fest


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

There are still a few spots open! Call 212 501 3360 for info.

2018 Repertoire

HANDEL - Overture to "Messiah"
TCHAIKOVSKY - Serenade for Strings "Elegie"
BLOCH - Concerto Grosso No. 1 "Prelude"
DEBUSSY - "Cakewalk"

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.

Print a String Fest flyer to post.

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, 2018.  $100 tuition deposit required.

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

Tuition: $520
Application fee: $25

Total: $545

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.

Class Details

Class ID 8998
Age 9 - 23
Day Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Time 9:00 am - 4:15 pm
Start/End Aug 22, 2016 - Aug 26, 2016
Sessions 5 | Show dates
Term Summer 2016
Prerequisites N/A
Tuition $520
Max Class Size 30
Instructor Lynelle Smith


Find Classes

Our Registrars are here to help you find the perfect class or private lesson! 212 501 3360 or lucymosesschool​@kaufmanmusiccenter​.org.

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