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Summer Music Festival

The Summer Music Festival offers violin, viola, and cello students an unprecedented opportunity to study and perform a solo work accompanied by a professional orchestra, with daily private lessons and collaborative training with the conductor and orchestra principals.  Advanced students take part in an intensive two-week program, while intermediate students participate in a one-week program. 

instructor with young violin student

Summer Music Festival students participate in private lessons, studio performance classes, workshops on musicianship and technique, chamber music, string ensemble, and most importantly, solo training with our professional orchestra and faculty. Our sessions are differentiated to serve the individual needs of each student, building on their existing ability levels in performance, musicianship, and collaboration. Our artist faculty and professional orchestra include experienced teachers and performers from symphonic orchestras throughout the United States.

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Programs & Schedule

We offer programs for Elementary School, Middle School, and High School students, grades 4-12. Whether students are early in their musical training in violin, viola, or cello or have advanced skill in their instrument, our program tailors the experience for each student to best match their ability level. Each student’s daily schedule is created by the Festival Directors to ensure a balance of instruction, practice time, and collaboration. 

Summer Music Festival Courses

SMF Testimonial 1

As a parent of older kids who are playing other instruments, I was deeply impressed by the opportunities you have given to each student to perform solo as well as playing as a group. Letting them shine on stage is so important for them not only for the musical experience but also for confidence building as an individual. —SMF '22 Parent

If you have program specific questions, please contact Gene Wie, Co-Director of the Summer Music Festival, at gwie@choate.edu.