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The Heifetz 25-Year Advent Calendar

Day 14: 2003 - A Texas Twofer: Shannon Lee & Stirling Trent
Welcome to December! For our final-month celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Heifetz Institute, we’ll be sharing audio, video, images, and programs from across the decades of the Institute. Check back each day from Dec. 1 – Dec. 25 as we share some memorable moments from each golden year of the Institute!

June 25 & July 23, 2003: Wolfeboro, NH

As you see on the map, it’s a 28-hour drive and approximately 1850 miles to get from deep-in-the-heart-of-Dallas, Texas, to the Heifetz Institute’s longtime home of Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, the lakeside town that bills itself as “America’s oldest summer resort.”

But two who made the trip in the eventful Heifetz summer of 2003 were first-time attendees Shannon Lee and Stirling Trent, who both happened to be students of the renowned Heifetz Institute violin teacher of then – and now! – Jan Mark Sloman.  Thus, today’s installment features two suburban Dallas products making music by the Winnepausakee lakeside: 11-year-old Shannon (Plano, TX) and her older counterpart Stirling (Colleyville, TX) playing a seaside serenade by Carl Engel and a bluesy prelude by George Gershwin.

PS: Nowadays, Shannon is prepping to compete as just one of six finalists in the Shanghai Isaac Stern International Violin Competition, while Stirling is the Associate Acting Concertmaster of the Kansas City Symphony, one of many hats he wears in orchestras from LA to Live from Lincoln Center! 

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Did you attend the Heifetz Institute? If so, you’re part of an exclusive group of musicians who have explored their full creative potential through the advanced private lessons, unrivaled concert appearances, and the unique Performance & Communication Training method. We believe that the one-of-a-kind Heifetz training prepares our students to become not only more effective communicators and performers, but also more confident and dynamic in all facets of life. Now we want to reconnect and hear more about how you’ve put your Heifetz experience to use – both on and off stage!

Fast Away The Old Year Passes!  The Heifetz Institute has been in the business of helping brilliant young talents blossom for 25 years now, the last two of which have required us to work even harder, smarter, and better to pursue our trailblazing mission. As you consider your year-end giving, please consider supporting our mission to enable the world’s most promising young musical talents to realize their artistic and communicative potential.