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About Senior Session

Anthony Mazzocchi and Deborah Buck, Directors

Presenting glorious opportunities for high-level music-making, personal growth, and lifelong friendships, Kinhaven’s six week long Senior Session is comprised of 90 young musicians engaged in chamber music, symphony orchestra, string orchestra, large ensembles, and spontaneous music-making. The experience is one of community, shared learning, and mutual support in which friendship and encouragement are always present.

High school age young adults are challenged by a variety of chamber and orchestral repertoire. Co-Directors Tony Mazzocchi and Deborah Buck lead a faculty of professional musicians who specialize in working with talented and dedicated young people. The faculty reside on campus during the sessions and everyone shares delicious, home-cooked meals together.

Each week of the program, students are thoughtfully assigned a chamber ensemble and a piece that is appropriate for the group’s ability. A faculty member coaches each ensemble. In orchestra, where assignments rotate weekly, six prominent conductors bring inspiring vision to the world of symphonic repertoire. Students are challenged by works such as Tchaikovsky Symphonies 4, 5, and 6, Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique, and Brahms First and Second Symphonies.

Students also engage in large ensembles such as string orchestra, woodwind ensemble, and brass and combined ensembles. Every piece our young artists study and rehearse culminates in public performances which happen weekly on Fridays and Sundays.

Each student receives at least one private lesson per week, but often teachers meet more frequently with students to review their progress, help them prepare the week’s repertoire, and encourage productive practice habits. In addition, during the session three world-class clinicians engage students in master classes.

Senior session is is available to students currently enrolled in 8th-12th grade. Senior session accepts within the following instrument families: orchestral strings (violin, viola, cello, bass); orchestral winds (flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon); orchestral brass (trumpet, horn, trombone, tuba); timpani/concert percussion (snare drum, mallets, etc.); and piano.

More information about dates, tuition, financial aid and audition requirements for 2018 will be available in late October. Please join our mailing list to be notified when applications are open for next summer’s program.