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Inheriting the Past – Sustaining the Present – Defining the Future

While the six-week summer institute is at the core of the organization’s programming, year-round activities have traditionally been carried out through the Heifetz on Tour program, designed to offer real-world performance and outreach opportunities for promising young alumni. Historically, Heifetz touring programs span not only the Institute’s home region in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, but range from Maine to Florida, working with partner institutions to feature small cohorts of outstanding Heifetz alumni on week-long engagements to perform and educate in a variety of venues, including schools in underserved communities, assisted living facilities, major museums and concert halls, and in-studio broadcast appearances.

Against this backdrop of the global pandemic, and with the crucial support of the Augusta Health Foundation, we launched the first ever Heifetz Ensemble in Residence Program in 2021. Each residency period consists of a rotating group of top Heifetz alumni, who live and work in our home city of Staunton, VA for a multi-week period with all living expenses and professional stipends provided for the duration. Each ensemble receives intensive rehearsal, performance, and production schedules, containing a mixture of public, private, educational, and outreach activities, both virtual—thanks to the Institute’s leadership in multimedia production—and in-person within our local community.

The artists work under the direct supervision of Artistic Director Nicholas Kitchen—who has a keen understanding of using technology to enhance artistry—exploring chamber masterworks and less familiar works with a focus on underrepresented composers. Artists are also mentored in career management by President & CEO Benjamin K Roe. For the young artists selected to participate, this program provides the opportunity to continue to learn, collaborate, and serve as leaders themselves under the unique auspices of the Heifetz Institute’s renowned training methods. Diversity is prioritized within the selection process, and a wide-ranging repertoire drawing on cultures outside of the norm for conservatories and traditional concert series is developed.

March 2024

Carlos Rafael Martinez Arroyo

Carlos Rafael Martinez Arroyo

Violin

Jihyun Baik

Jihyun Baik

Violin

Adrian Jackson

Adrian Jackson

Viola

Carlos Walker

Carlos Walker

Viola

Zhihao Wu

Zhihao Wu

Cello

Past Participants

December 2023

Julia Angelov

Julia Angelov

Violin

Jihyun Baik

Jihyun Baik

Violin

Jane Taerim Kim

Jane Taerim Kim

Viola

Joseph Skerik

Joseph Skerik

Viola

Rachel Taylor

Rachel Taylor

Cello

October 2023

Angela Sin Ying Chan

Angela Sin Ying Chan

Violin

Matthew Cohen

Matthew Cohen

Viola

Andres Sanchez

Andres Sanchez

Cello

April 28 – May 14, 2023

Daniel Rafimayeri

Daniel Rafimayeri

Violin

Aadam Ibrahim

Aadam Ibrahim

Viola

Dominic Lee

Dominic Lee

Cello

April 3 – 16, 2023

Yezu Woo

Yezu Woo

Violin

Laura Liu

Laura Liu

Viola

Allen Liang

Allen Liang

Cello

February 27 – March 19, 2023

Fiona Khuong-Huu

Fiona Khuong-Huu

Violin

Joseph Skerik

Joseph Skerik

Viola

Boubacar Diallo

Boubacar Diallo

Viola

November 23 – December 17, 2022

Minchae Kim

Minchae Kim

Violin

SoHyun Ko

SoHyun Ko

Violin

 Jerome McCoy

Jerome McCoy

Viola

Dilshod Narzillaev

Dilshod Narzillaev

Cello

October 23 – Nov. 6, 2022

Carlos Rafael Martinez Arroyo

Carlos Rafael Martinez Arroyo

Violin

Manhattan School of Music
Cabra, Andalusia, Spain

Joseph Skerik

Joseph Skerik

Viola

Yale School of Music
Interlochen, MI

Serge Kalinovsky

Serge Kalinovsky

Cello

Music Institute of Chicago Academy
Bloomington, IN

HEIR Session I

2021 Session I Artists in Residence:

Julia Angelov (Heifetz 2019, Heifetz on Tour), violin – Washington, DC
Zhenni Li-Cohen (Heifetz on Tour, HeifetzPEG Faculty), piano – New York, NY
Matt Cohen (Heifetz 2012, 2013, Heifetz On Tour, HeifetzPEG Faculty), viola – New York, NY
Yezu Woo (Heifetz 2014, 2015, Heifetz on Tour), violin – Berlin, Germany
Coleman Itzkoff (Heifetz 2013, Artist in Residence, Heifetz On Tour, HeifetzPEG Faculty), cello – New York, NY
Noemie Raymond-Friset (Heifetz 2018, Heifetz On Tour, HeifetzPEG Faculty), cello – Quebec, Canada

HEIR Session II

2021 Session II Artists in Residence:

Kenneth Ryu Takebe Naito (Heifetz 2015-17, 2019, Heifetz on Tour), violin – Elkridge, MD
Adam Savage (Heifetz 2019-20), viola – Port St. Lucie, FL
Noelle Midori Takebe Naito (Heifetz 2016-17), violin – Elkridge, MD
Jingxuan Zhang (Heifetz 2018-19, Heifetz on Tour), piano – Durham, NC
Jared Blajian (Heifetz 2018), cello – New York, NY

2022 Session Artists in Residence:

Violin: Nigel Armstrong; Liana Branscome; Strauss Shi; Yezu Woo
Viola: Steven Baloue
Cello: Juan-Salvador Carrasco; Ben Fried; Noémie Raymond-Friset
Piano: Michel-Alexandre Broekaert; Connie Kim-Sheng Fried

Presented in Partnership With:

Augusta Health Foundation
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Upcoming Events

Junior Division Showcase I- Heifetz 2024 Festival of Concerts

South Market Stage @ Grace Christian School 19 South Market Street, Staunton, VA, United States

Come be dazzled by the artistry of the Institute’s youngest performers, aged 9–14, as they showcase their talents on the second Heifetz stage!

Sunday Matinee I – Heifetz 2024 Festival of Concerts

Francis Auditorium 227 East Frederick Street, Staunton, VA, United States

Our Sunday series features Heifetz students, faculty, alumni, and special guests in invariably memorable performances tailored for summer afternoons, with pride of place given to the members of our Heifetz Chamber Music Seminar in full performances of masterworks.

Stars of Tomorrow II – Heifetz 2024 Festival of Concerts

Francis Auditorium 227 East Frederick Street, Staunton, VA, United States

Enjoy the Institute’s signature series—a showcase for breathtaking performances by extraordinary Heifetz students, featuring dazzling solo works in collaboration with our acclaimed faculty pianists.

Stars of Tomorrow III – Heifetz 2024 Festival of Concerts

Francis Auditorium 227 East Frederick Street, Staunton, VA, United States

Enjoy the Institute’s signature series—a showcase for breathtaking performances by extraordinary Heifetz students, featuring dazzling solo works in collaboration with our acclaimed faculty pianists.

Junior Division Showcase II- Heifetz 2024 Festival of Concerts

South Market Stage @ Grace Christian School 19 South Market Street, Staunton, VA, United States

Come be dazzled by the artistry of the Institute’s youngest performers, aged 9–14, as they showcase their talents on the second Heifetz stage!