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The Heifetz Summer Program

PLAYERS WANTED!

The 2022 Summer Institute: June 24 – August 7, 2022

The Institute’s 2022 Program is open to outstanding string players who generally range in age from 9 to 30. Younger students are assigned to the Junior Division, and those generally 15 and older to the Senior Division. The program will feature both in-person and virtual options to meet the needs of our exceptional students. No matter the format, you can anticipate an immersive and transformative summer music experience in the hallmark Heifetz style, and its 25-year record of leadership and innovation in high-level musical instruction, Performance & Communication Training, personal coaching and mentoring, and industry-leading multimedia production.

The intensive six-week summer program for exceptional violin, viola, and cello students is held on the campus of Mary Baldwin University in Staunton, Virginia – in the heart of the beautiful Shenandoah Valley. In addition to the main program, the Institute also offers the prestigious Chamber Music Seminar and a two-week Double Bass Studio & Workshop.

Our acclaimed HeifetzPEG program for younger students is expanding and transforming into the Junior Division, complementing the Senior Division (formerly the Main Program) to create a seamless and consistent learning environment for students from 9 to 30+. Under the new system, you will find a unified Heifetz application portal with consistent application guidelines. Both programs will similarly have a unified operational structure, enabling artistic and teaching consistency and stronger peer relationships.

Junior Division:
Open to students 15 and under. Junior Division participants will have the option to attend for either a three-week session* (recommend for students 12 and under) or for the full six-week program.
*Session I: June 25 – July 16; Session II: July 17 – August 7

Senior Division:
Six-week program open to students ages 13 and over. 13-15 year old applicants will be admitted based not only on artistic ability, but also on their physical and emotional maturity. Senior Division participants are eligible to apply for the Chamber Music Seminar and String Fellow scholarships.

*The double bass program will run from July 21 – Aug. 7, 2022. Both Junior and Senior Divisions are open to double bass applicants.

**Students between the ages of 13 and 15 will be assigned either to the Junior or Senior Division based on the recommendations of the Admissions Team and the Artistic Director.

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The Summer Program

nicholas kitchen teaching a heifetz student

“A great performer may dazzle us with their technique, but it is when they open their heart that the stage really comes alive. Daniel Heifetz founded the Heifetz Institute for young artists to learn how to find and tap into their own musical passion, and learn how to bring that passion to the stage. I am excited to add what I can to this marvelous history and I look forward to all the great music we will share together.” – Nicholas Kitchen, Artistic Director

IN-PERSON, ONLINE, & WORLDWIDE
In response to the pandemic, the Heifetz Institute was the first major summer music program to pivot to a fully online setting, while still preserving our training and program activities. In 2020, students and faculty across 14 countries and 9 time zones had a meaningful and intense musical learning and performance experience, including 49 virtual concerts streamed on both the Violin Channel and the Heifetz YouTube channel. In 2021, the Institute safely conducted a hybrid program in which students studied and performed in-person for several weeks, with the reminder either online from home or in quarantine on campus. Such measures allowed us to navigate the summer program without a single positive COVID case among our community of students, faculty, and staff. Regardless of circumstances, you may confidently anticipate a robust and rewarding summer learning and performance experience from the Heifetz Institute in 2022. For details on the 2020 Virtual Institute, which closely followed the rhythms and routines of the in-person experience, see hereNote – chamber music opportunities will be limited for online students.

Health & Safety

 All attendees of the 2022 summer program, including students, faculty, and staff, must agree to adhere to all health and safety protocols and
requirements established by the Heifetz Institute, Mary Baldwin University, and the Commonwealth of Virginia for safe in-person study, as described in the Institute’s Student Handbook, a copy of which will be provided before arrival, and which may be updated as circumstances warrant. All participants must provide proof of full vaccination against COVID-19, or have a pre-approved exemption, prior to arrival on campus in order to participate in person at the 2022 Heifetz International Music Institute.

The Institute’s 2022 summer program is open to outstanding string players who generally range in age between 15—30 (Senior Division), and ages 9—15 (Junior Division, formerly HeifetzPEG). The program includes:

  •  Two one-hour private lessons per week
  • One studio performance class per week
  • Enhanced and intensified chamber music component, featuring two coachings per week (limited opportunities for online students)
  • Our signature Heifetz Performance & Communication Training modules,
  • Individual practice, performance, and career counseling sessions with professional consultants
  • One-on-one concerts via video livestream to patient and resident populations of local healthcare networks isolated due to the pandemic
  • Seminars, masterclasses, lectures, fine instrument exhibitions, and audition opportunities, including From The Top
  • Days of Play! Organized hikes, field trips, and outings for Heifetz students to explore the natural beauty and local attractions of Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley
  • Industry-leading HD audio and video productions, including live streams, studio recordings, and concert videos on the Heifetz Institute’s popular YouTube, Instagram, and Facebook pages.
  • Participate in and shape the Heifetz Institute’s Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion initiatives – LEARN MORE
  • For online students: access to private lessons, classroom and studio instruction, limited chamber music collaborations, and highly-developed methods that are both artistically valuable and faithful to the Institute’s communicative mission.

Daily public concert performance opportunities per week, including:

    • Stars of Tomorrow concerts twice per week
    • Chamber Music Showcases
    • Fridays in the Playhouse: Free afternoon concerts at the American Shakespeare Center’s iconic Blackfriars Playhouse
    • Heifetz Sunday Matinee concerts
    • Friday night Celebrity Series concerts featuring Heifetz faculty and select students
    • Saturday night multi-genre Heifetz Hootenannies
    • Private house concerts and outreach performances in area churches, libraries, and civic events
The Rodin Quartet - Jiyoung Lee, Julian Rhee, Caleb Georges, Eunghee Cho

The Heifetz Performance and Communication Training method was developed to guide musicians to discover their full creative potential and express their individuality not only through technically and intellectually robust music making, but also through emotional and even physical engagement with the music they play. It strives to empower young performers to perfect their artistry by developing their physical, mental, and emotional range, and also provides a great opportunity to forge powerful interactions with fellow Heifetz students.

  • DRAMA Heifetz Communication Training Coordinator Daniel Pettrow returns to lead this popular segment, where you will discover the “trade secrets” of dramatic communication, and how you can unlock that understanding to bring more dramatic power and meaning to your onstage performances.

  • MOVEMENT Gesture, posture, motion – they all communicate. Harness the power of what meets the eye to enhance what meets the ear. Led by Annabella Lenzu, a dancer, choreographer, and teacher with more than 25 years’ experience working in Argentina, Chile, Italy, and the USA.

  • YOGA FOR MUSICIANS Integrate what you learn on the yoga mat with your musical studies with violinists and yogis Melissa White and Elena Urioste, whose Intermission Sessions have been healing and helping musicians nationwide.

  • SPEAKING IN PUBLIC Your opportunity to connect with your audience begins the moment you set foot on stage. Learn to carry yourself and to speak skillfully to engage your audience before you play a note.

  • FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION Explore and expand your unique expressive potential with two powerhouse communicators: Brooklyn-based choreographer and director John Heginbotham and actor/director John Gregorio

Heifetz PEG_Yoga with Melissa White

The Heifetz Institute is held on the campus of Mary Baldwin University in Staunton, Virginia. Nestled in the Shenandoah Valley between the Blue Ridge and Allegheny Mountains, Staunton is known for its historic and culturally vibrant downtown and stunning natural beauty. Staunton regularly appears on “Top 10” lists of the nation’s best main streets and small cities in such publications as Vogue, Travel & Leisure, USA Today, and Architectural Digest.

NEW FOR 2022

heifetz masterclass in session

TAPE & LISTEN

Watching and listening to your own performances leads to a better connection to and understanding of your musical and expressive intentions. Immediately following the dress rehearsals that precede every performance on the Heifetz stage, students will have the opportunity to view a high-quality video playback of their own performance in a private-studio setting. Under the personal guidance of Artistic Director Nicholas Kitchen, you’ll experience your own performance from the audience’s perspective in a supportive environment, and will learn to focus that crucial period between the rehearsal and the concert to organize your efforts and achieve your artistic goals. (available to in-person students only)

heifetzPEG students perform

PRACTICE TECHNIQUES & BEHAVIORAL ANALYTICS

Behavior consultant and learning architect Adam Hockman is dedicated to helping musicians develop successful practice and performance strategies. He will lead regular sessions intended to help you make significant strides in your growth as a musician and human being, including:

  • Listening to Yourself Play
  • The Next 6 Months – What Success Looks Like
  • Practicing to Perform
  • Building and Breaking Habits for a Productive Life
  • Measuring Practice Techniques that Make a Difference

Application Fees

The newly reduced application fee is $110, not included in the tuition rate. The application deadline for the 2022 Heifetz Institute will be January 31, 2022. Applications received after that deadline will be considered only on a case-by-case basis. Apply by December 31, 2021 and receive a 20% discount on your application fee. No submission to the Heifetz Institute will be processed or considered until the application fee is paid. Application fees cannot be waived or refunded. As part of our commitment to equity and inclusiveness, we are now offering an Application Fee Assistance option so that applicants may request a partial waiver on their application fee.

Scholarships and Financial Aid

The Heifetz Institute will award a minimum of 28 full scholarships to 12 Chamber Music Seminar Fellows and 16 String Scholars (available to in-person students only). There will be additional audition requirements for these awards. All applicants are eligible for Heifetz merit and tuition assistance awards of up to $2,000. To apply for need-based assistance, please fill out the Financial Aid form in the online application and supply supporting documents We also recommend that you investigate grant and scholarship opportunities within your community (schools, religious groups, arts or civic organizations, community foundations, and private donors) for alternate sources of financial aid.

General Audition Guidelines

Applicants are required to submit recent videos to the Heifetz International Music Institute (see below for the specific requirements for the program in which you are interested). As for whether or not a piece is sufficiently “virtuosic,” we’ll be happy to answer your specific questions at admissions@heifetzinstitute.org. But first keep in mind that we want to be impressed, so think about the pieces that will make the greatest impression on our selection committee.

  • Please be sure your audition videos are clearly titled (e.g. John Smith, violin – Bach: Violin Partita No. 2, III. Sarabande)
  • 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 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.
  • Piano accompaniment: We do not require prospective students to audition with a collaborative pianist. That being said, the goal for your audition should be to achieve the most compelling and artistic performance possible. Most students find that performing an audition with a pianist brings them closer to that goal.
  • Videos may be submitted as links to YouTube, Vimeo, or other easily accessible site, or may be uploaded directly to the Heifetz Institute’s application portal. Please make sure that any links are working and do not require a 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 have not attended the Heifetz Institute before, you will also be asked to upload a letter(s) of recommendation from your teacher(s).

Audition Requirements for Heifetz 2022

  1. One movement of Bach from the Sonatas and Partitas or the Cello Suites BWV 1001-1012
  2. One virtuoso work for solo instrument OR with piano accompaniment (some Sonatas can fulfill this requirement)
  3. One significant Concerto movement (Violists – see specifications below)

Specific concerto requirements for violists:

    • First movement with cadenza of the D Major Concerti by Carl Stamitz or Franz Anton Hoffmeister
    • First or second movement of the William Walton Viola Concerto
    • First movement, or second and third movements, of the Bela Bartok Viola Concerto
    • Any movement of Paul Hindemith’s Der Schwanendreher
  1. One movement of Bach from the Sonatas and Partitas or the Cello Suites BWV 1001-1012
  2. One virtuoso work for solo instrument or with piano accompaniment OR one significant Concerto movement (see Viola specifications)

Specific concerto requirements for violists:

    • First movement with cadenza of the D Major Concerti by Carl Stamitz or Franz Anton Hoffmeister
    • First or second movement of the William Walton Viola Concerto
    • First movement, or second and third movements, of the Bela Bartok Viola Concerto
    • Any movement of Paul Hindemith’s Der Schwanendreher

To be considered for a String Scholar Fellowship (which provides tuition-free enrollment), applicants must follow the guidelines for the Senior Division, as well as the following:

 

  1. A work reflecting some important part of the applicant’s identity as an artist. This could be a work by a traditional composer who occupies a particularly important part of the applicant’s artistic identity, or might be a work by a lesser-known or less-represented composer that has been important to the applicant’s artistry. An additional option is for the applicant to learn and record a work by the Composer-in-Residence at Heifetz 2022 – Adolphus Hailstork (we will supply the music for the applicant to learn and record).

To be considered for a Chamber Music Fellowship (which provides tuition-free enrollment), applicants must submit the following:

1. One movement of Bach from the Sonatas and Partitas or the Cello Suites BWV 1001-1012. For a pianist in a group, the Bach requirement should be one Prelude and Fugue from the WTC Book I or II)

2. One virtuoso work for solo instrument or with piano accompaniment

3. One significant Concerto movement (see Viola specifications under Senior Division tab)

4. A work reflecting some important part of the applicant’s identity as a chamber music artist (note -this may or may not be chamber music). This could be a work by a traditional composer who occupies a particularly important part of the applicant’s artistic identity, or might be a work by a lesser-known or less-represented composer that has been important to the applicant’s artistry. These recordings can include chamber music collaborators, but the applicant does not have to submit a chamber music recording; merely something that shows the applicant’s aptitude related to chamber music. An additional option is for the applicant to learn and record a work by the Composer-in-Residence at Heifetz 2022 – Adolphus Hailstork (we will supply the music for the applicant to learn and record).

For an ensemble to apply for Chamber Music Fellowships, they must submit AS A GROUP:

  • Three contrasting movements
    1. One by Haydn, Mozart or early Beethoven
    2. One from what may be called the Romantic period (middle Beethoven through Debussy and Ravel)
    3. One from the modern era Bartók and Shostakovich to the present

    *If the group is not accepted but the individuals still wish to be considered, they must submit the requirements for the Senior Division.

    1. A movement from one of the six cello suites by J.S. Bach (optional repeats)
    2. A movement of a standard concerto or sonata, demonstrating both artistry and virtuosity (accompaniment preferred)
    3. Two contrasting orchestral excerpts of your choice.

     

    Tuition (In-Person Programs)

    6-Week Program: In-Person

    (Junior & Senior Division) 

    TUITION, ROOM & BOARD: $6,000

    • Twice-a-week 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, guaranteed rehearsal time with pianists, etc.
    • Room & Board, including air-conditioned single- or double-occupancy dorm rooms, dedicated practice rooms, dining facilities, and parking permits on the Mary Baldwin University campus in Staunton, VA

    STUDENT ACTIVITIES & TRANSPORTATION: $250

    • Guaranteed transportation to and from IAD, CHO, or SHD airports and STA or CVS train stations
    • Transportation to and from student activity locations

    TECHNOLOGY AND PHOTOCOPYING/MUSIC LIBRARY/LICENSING FEE: $100

    • 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 license fees to music publication agencies
    • Access to Heifetz Institute software and peripherals, including page-turning pedals.

    MEDICAL SERVICES, HEALTH & SAFETY, TESTING, AND CLEANING FEES: $300

    • Mandatory testing for COVID-19
    • Quarantine facilities, if necessary
    • 24/7 coverage and transportation to and from local health care facilities, including emergency room service

    STUDENT ID & KEY DEPOSIT: $30

    • Mandatory for access to on-campus dining facilities
    • Free admission to local YMCA
    • Grants free admission to all Heifetz events
    • Enables discounts on purchases at the Heifetz Music Shop and other downtown Staunton businesses.

    Total: $6,680

    3-Week Program: In-Person

    (Junior Division Only) 

    TUITION, ROOM & BOARD: $3,600

    • Twice-a-week 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, guaranteed rehearsal time with pianists, etc.
    • Room & Board, including air-conditioned single- or double-occupancy dorm rooms, dedicated practice rooms, dining facilities, and parking permits on the Mary Baldwin University campus in Staunton, VA

    STUDENT ACTIVITIES & TRANSPORTATION: $125

    • Guaranteed transportation to and from IAD, CHO, or SHD airports and STA or CVS train stations
    • Transportation to and from student activity locations

    TECHNOLOGY AND PHOTOCOPYING/MUSIC LIBRARY/LICENSING FEE: $50

    • 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 license fees to music publication agencies
    • Access to Heifetz Institute software and peripherals, including page-turning pedals.

    MEDICAL SERVICES, HEALTH & SAFETY, TESTING, AND CLEANING FEES: $150

    • Mandatory testing for COVID-19
    • Quarantine facilities, if necessary
    • 24/7 coverage and transportation to and from local health care facilities, including emergency room service

    STUDENT ID & KEY DEPOSIT: $30

    • Mandatory for access to on-campus dining facilities
    • Free admission to local YMCA
    • Grants free admission to all Heifetz events
    • Enables discounts on purchases at the Heifetz Music Shop and other downtown Staunton businesses.

    Total: $3,955

    2-Week Double Bass Program

     July 25 – August 7

    TUITION, ROOM & BOARD: $2,100

    • Twice-a-week 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, guaranteed rehearsal time with pianists, etc.
    • Room & Board, including air-conditioned single- or double-occupancy dorm rooms, dedicated practice rooms, dining facilities, and parking permits on the Mary Baldwin University campus in Staunton, VA

    STUDENT ACTIVITIES & TRANSPORTATION: $100

    • Guaranteed transportation to and from IAD, CHO, or SHD airports and STA or CVS train stations
    • Transportation to and from student activity locations

    TECHNOLOGY AND PHOTOCOPYING/MUSIC LIBRARY/LICENSING FEE: $50

    • 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 license fees to music publication agencies
    • Access to Heifetz Institute software and peripherals, including page-turning pedals.

    MEDICAL SERVICES, HEALTH & SAFETY, TESTING, AND CLEANING FEES: $100

    • Mandatory testing for COVID-19
    • Quarantine facilities, if necessary
    • 24/7 coverage and transportation to and from local health care facilities, including emergency room service

    STUDENT ID & KEY DEPOSIT: $30

    • Mandatory for access to on-campus dining facilities
    • Free admission to local YMCA
    • Grants free admission to all Heifetz events
    • Enables discounts on purchases at the Heifetz Music Shop and other downtown Staunton businesses.

    Total: $2,380

    Tuition (Online Programs)

    6-Week Program: Online

    (Junior & Senior Division) 

    TUITION, ROOM & BOARD: $3,800

    • Twice-a-week 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, guaranteed rehearsal time with pianists, etc.

    TECHNOLOGY AND PHOTOCOPYING/MUSIC LIBRARY/LICENSING FEE: $100

    • 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 license fees to music publication agencies

    TECHNOLOGY TOOLKIT: $200

    • The Heifetz Institute provides vouchers and licenses for a range of audio and video hardware, software, peripherals, and accessories, and 24/7 on-call counseling and expertise from the Heifetz Multimedia team.

    Total: $4,100

    3-Week Program: Online

    (Junior Division Only) 

    TUITION, ROOM & BOARD: $1,875

    • Twice-a-week 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, guaranteed rehearsal time with pianists, etc.

    TECHNOLOGY AND PHOTOCOPYING/MUSIC LIBRARY/LICENSING FEE: $50

    • 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 license fees to music publication agencies

    TECHNOLOGY TOOLKIT: $200

    • The Heifetz Institute provides vouchers and licenses for a range of audio and video hardware, software, peripherals, and accessories, and 24/7 on-call counseling and expertise from the Heifetz Multimedia team.

    Total: $2,125

    2-Week Double Bass Program

    July 25 – August 7 (Online)

    TUITION, ROOM & BOARD: $1,500

    • Twice-a-week 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, guaranteed rehearsal time with pianists, etc.

    TECHNOLOGY AND PHOTOCOPYING/MUSIC LIBRARY/LICENSING FEE: $50

    • 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 license fees to music publication agencies

    TECHNOLOGY TOOLKIT: $200

    • The Heifetz Institute provides vouchers and licenses for a range of audio and video hardware, software, peripherals, and accessories, and 24/7 on-call counseling and expertise from the Heifetz Multimedia team.

    Total: $1,750

    Tuition Deposit

    Upon acceptance, admitted students will receive an itemized Financial Statement detailing tuition, fees, and any need- or merit- based scholarship awards. The statement will detail the overall cost to the student, the required tuition deposit, the balance amount, and due date. The tuition deposit will be due within two weeks of receiving the acceptance letter and financial statement. Deposits shall not be refunded if the student chooses to withdraw from the Institute.

    Remaining Balance

    All tuition and fee payments must be completed by April 15, 2022. Payments made by mail need to be postmarked by this date. Payments may be made online via the QuickBooks invoice sent at the time of enrollment and following receipt of the tuition deposit. There is a 3% credit/debit card processing fee for all online payments. Checks, made payable to “Heifetz International Music Institute” may be sent to:
    Heifetz International Music Institute
    PO Box 2447
    Staunton, VA 24402

    For payments via wire transfer, contact cameron@heifetzinstitute.org. A single payment for the full cost of attendance is preferred (with the exception of the tuition deposit), but an installment plan is available on an as-needed basis. For more information on installment plans, contact cameron@heifetzinstitute.org.

    Refund Policy

    Application fees and tuition deposits are non-refundable. Any payments made on or after the April 15, 2022 deadline for the Remaining Balance are non-refundable. If a student is forced to withdraw for health and/or injury reasons, they will be automatically re-enrolled for the following summer, and any fees paid to date will be applied to their next year’s tuition. In the event of program cancellation, all deposits, tuition, and fees will be fully refunded.