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Heifetz PEG

Program for Exceptionally Gifted String Students 9-13 years old

The 2021 HeifetzPEG program will be conducted virtually in two sessions:

Session I will run from June 21 - July 11, 2021
Session II will run from July 12 - Aug. 1, 2021

In the interest of our student and faculty's well-being and safety the 2021 HeifetzPEG program will be conducted exclusively online. With increased demands on our faculty, staff, and resources to conduct our planned hybrid experience for the main Heifetz program - everything from transportation logistics to constraints on shared dormitories and dining services, to the availability of facilities with adequate ventilation - we feel that we would be unable to create the high-quality learning environment with the personalized level of care and attention for which our PEG program is justly famous. But, as a pioneer in creating a robust online learning experience among summer programs, we plan to create a comprehensive, engaging, and inspiring HeifetzPEG Online for Summer 2021.

HeifetzPEG is a three-week intensive summer program for gifted young string musicians (violin, viola, and cello) between the ages of nine and thirteen, regarded as the foremost summer program for this age cohort in the world. The program was forged from the alliance between the Heifetz Institute and Mary Baldwin University, home to the Heifetz Institute since 2012. MBU’s pioneering Program for the Exceptionally Gifted (PEG) was established in 1985 to offer academically young women between the ages of 12 and 16 an opportunity to bypass high school to pursue an undergraduate degree, in a fully supervised, nurturing environment designed to support the unique intellectual and emotional needs of these brilliant young minds. Our 2021 online program will follow the standards, practices, protocols, and equipment developed during our 2020 Virtual Institute.

 

About the Course

The HeifetzPEG arena of study includes:

  • World–renowned faculty from such institutions as The Juilliard School, New England Conservatory, and the Manhattan School of Music with special expertise in teaching exceptional young musicians (see full Faculty list below)
  • Two 50-minute private lessons per week
  • Two chamber music coachings per week
  • One studio performance class per week
  • Dedicated and customized Heifetz Performance and Communication Training courses,  under the purview of Communication Director Daniel Pettrow.
  • Public performance opportunities each week
  • Final public concerts exclusively for HeifetzPEG students. Each student will perform in a minimum of one solo and one chamber-music piece to complete the program successfully.
  • Participation in master classes, seminars, and other functions presented by the renowned faculty of the Heifetz Institute six-week summer program
  • Full access to all concerts and all other public functions presented by the Heifetz International Music Institute

Additional Programs & Activities include:

 

Heifetz PEG_Yoga with Melissa White

HeifetzPEG Performance & Communication Training

The Heifetz Institute was founded by Daniel Heifetz upon the revolutionary educational concept that young musicians can be taught to communicate the emotion of music, beyond mere technical agility and beautiful playing. Thus, in addition to the intensity (and fun!) of the overall program, each HeifetzPEG student will participate in a series of 50-minute-per-day classes in custom-tailored modules taught by veteran actors, dancers, opera singers, concert and crossover artists, as well as entertainment, exercise and healthcare professionals.

Practice Partner Program

Our Practice Partner Program brings about an opportunity for our full-program students, Artists in Residence, and staff members to serve as mentors to HeifetzPEG students. As practice partners they are responsible for helping their assigned PEG student understand their teacher’s directions and practice assignments, listen to what the teacher is asking them to work on, and what techniques the teacher is recommending. Practice partners attend the last 5-10 minutes of their PEG student’s lessons, then meet with them immediately after and help them make a practice plan. They also check-in with their PEG students throughout the week in 15 minute increments during their scheduled practice time, in order to make sure they are practicing thoughtfully and effectively. Practice partners are encouraged to accompany their PEG students to their public performances, evaluations, and sometimes they even go out for ice cream together!

dominique labelle performing

Heifetz PEG Faculty

Margaret Lysy

Margaret Lysy

Director, Session I

Violin Studio I
UCLA – Herb Alpert School of Music / SOL-LA Music Academy
Francesca dePasquale

Francesca dePasquale

Director, Session II

Violin Studio I
Oberlin Conservatory; Juilliard Pre-College

 

Bela Horvath

Bela Horvath

Session I - Violin Studio II; Session II - Violin Studio II / Viola

Manhattan School of Music Pre-College Division

 

Elizabeth Faidley

Elizabeth Faidley

Session II - Violin Studio II

Manhattan School of Music; The Elizabeth Faidley Studio

 

Andrew Mark

Andrew Mark

Session I - Cello Studio

Boston Conservatory / New England Conservatory Preparatory Division

Minna Rose Chung

Minna Rose Chung

Session II - Cello Studio

University of Manitoba
Desautels Faculty of Music; Co-author, CelloMind

Caeli Smith

Caeli Smith

Session I - Viola / Chamber Music

Teaching Assistant at The Juilliard School; Carnegie Hall’s Ensemble Connect 

Matt Cohen

Matt Cohen

Session II - Viola / Chamber Music

Artistic Director -The Last Soiréee; Fishin’ in C Chamber Music Series

 

Lynne Mackey

Lynne Mackey

Piano Faculty

Mary Baldwin University

Audition Process & Guidelines

Please Read Carefully:  Heifetz Institute Video Application Requirements

  • Audition videos must clearly display the hands and face of the applicant at all times during the performance, and be taken from one single-camera perspective.
  • No video or audio edits of the performance are permitted, and edited performances will not be accepted.   Standard editing of applause and truncating and/or excerpting a single movement from a longer pieces is acceptable.
  • Each audition submission must be uploaded separately and clearly labeled with the name of the applicant performer and of the piece.
  • Looking for advice on making a great application video?  Check out the excellent (and funny!) suggestions offered by this violin website.
  • Videos may be posted on YouTube, or directly to the Heifetz Institute’s Acceptd platform.  Please make sure that all links are working and do not require password to access.
  • If you wish to upload a video from a live concert that was professionally recorded and does not meet the above conditions, or if you have any other questions, please contact us at admissions@heifetzinstitute.org.
  • If you’re unsure about whether your audition pieces fit these criteria…ask us!  Email us and we’ll be happy to answer your specific questions.
  • Please be sure your audition pieces are clearly titled.
  • You will also be asked to upload a letter(s) of recommendation from your teacher(s), and a short essay on “Why I would like to attend the Heifetz International Music Institute This Summer.” You are welcome to submit a typed document or a scan of a hand-written essay.
  • We will also want to know what repertoire you have been working on with your teacher.

 

Please upload three separate videos, clearly labeled, fulfilling the following requirements:

  • A short piece or movement demonstrating lyrical phrasing and beauty.
  • A movement from one of the six solo sonatas and partitas by J.S. Bach.
  • A short piece or movement demonstrating technical accomplishment.

    Please upload three separate videos, clearly labeled, fulfilling the following requirements:

    • A short piece or movement demonstrating lyrical phrasing and beauty.
    • A movement from one of the six solo cello suites by J.S. Bach. .
    • A short piece or movement demonstrating technical accomplishment.

    Please upload three separate videos, clearly labeled, fulfilling the following requirements:

    • A short piece or movement demonstrating lyrical phrasing and beauty.
    • A movement from one of the six solo cello suites by J.S. Bach. .
    • A short piece or movement demonstrating technical accomplishment.

      Tuition & Fees

      HeifetzPEG Program In Person

      On-Campus program will resume in 2022

       Total: $3,965

      Tuition, Room & Board: $3,500
      • Weekly private lessons and/or classroom instruction and coachings with studio teachers
      • Access to all other Institute instruction, Communication Training classes, master classes, group studio class, rehearsal time, etc.
      • Room & Board, including air-conditioned single- or double-occupancy dorm rooms, dedicated practice facilities, and dining facilities
      • Escort services for all PEG students to every lesson, coaching, and the dining hall, from our professionally-trained HeifetzPEG counselors and staff.
      Medical Services, Health & Safety, Testing, and Cleaning Fees: $300
      • Mandatory testing for COVID-19
      • Access to on-campus nurse office
      • Quarantine facilities, if necessary
      • 24/7 coverage and transportation to and from local health care facilities, including emergency room service
      Student Activities & Transportation: $100
      • Guaranteed transportation to and from IAD, CHO, or SHD airports and STA or CVS train stations
      • Weekly student activities (ranging from hiking trips around the Shenandoah Valley to residence hall pizza parties)
      • Transportation to and from student activity locations
      Technology and Photocopying/Music Library Fee/Licensing Fee: $40
      • Access to campus-wide wireless internet (Must have U.S. cell phone number)
      • Access to the Heifetz Institute music library and photocopying privileges, including payment of compulsory licenses to music publication agencies
      Student ID: $25
      • Mandatory for access to on-campus dining facilities
      • Free admission to local YMCA
      • Grants free admission to all Heifetz events

      HeifetzPEG Program

      Online

      Total: $3,135

      Tuition: $2,900
      • Weekly private lessons and/or classroom instruction and coachings with studio teachers
      • Access to all other Institute instruction, Communication Training classes, master classes, group studio class, rehearsal time, etc.
      • Training and “virtual studio time” for online solo and collaborative performances
      Technology Toolkit: $195
      • High Quality USB Microphone
      • High Quality over-ear headphones
      • Tripod Ring light
      • Software Licenses for audio and video production apps
      • Accessories, peripherals and 24/7 on-call expertise from the Heifetz Multimedia team.
      Photocopying/Music Library Fee/Licensing Fee: $40
      • Access to the Heifetz Institute music library and photocopying privileges, including payment of compulsory licenses to music publication agencies

      FAQ

      What’s the age limit for HeifetzPEG?

      Students born AFTER April 1, 2007 will be eligible for the HeifetzPEG.

      May I schedule a parent-child interview ?

      Once they are accepted, parents and students will be  asked to schedule a phone/video conference interview with a HeifetzPEG representative. This interview will allow your child to place a face with a key staff member’s name, who can provide critical details regarding this summer’s program. In addition, parents and children will discuss goals for their study at the Institute, ask questions they may have and share insight into their lives so our program may continue to be tailored to each child’s needs.

      Who are the resident advisors for the HeifetzPEG program?

      The HeifetzPEG RAs will serve as program leaders as students navigate both their classes, extracurricular activities and living arrangements. We will soon be accepting applications for these positions for the 2021 Summer Institute. The RAs will be available around the clock throughout the duration of the program. They will be assisted by our summer interns, as well as other administrative staff.

      What if my child experiences difficulties while at the Institute?

      The HeifetzPEG staff takes a team and problem solving based approach to any disruptions a student may experience while at the Institute. If a student experiences difficulties in adjusting to the program or student life, staff members will gather to discuss potential causes and work with the student to generate a solution. Parents may also be contacted.

      What evening and weekend activities will be available for students?

      The Institute will curate supervised evening activities for students, which were a highlight for many participants of our Virtual Institute. Activities will be decided based on student interest and scheduling, and may include everything from trivia to movie nights and online gaming. Most evenings will be filled with concerts to which students are encouraged to attend.

      What performance opportunities are available for my child?

      The HeifetzPEG Student Showcases will take online on the last two days of each session. Select HeifetzPEG students will also have the opportunity to perform during our “Stars of Tomorrow” series.