Photo: The activities calendar is put together by activities staff Marty Jacobs, Asa Maynard, Juvenal Santiago, Devon Nelson, and Samantha Lauring.
Junior Session 2018 began with students arriving, giant bubbles, and first-weekend auditions. Within two short weeks together, we had become friends, folk danced, square danced, walked to Weston, competed in Kin-Olympics, canoed on and swum in Echo Lake, gone on a creek walk, created cabin skits for inspection, enjoyed fabulous meals prepared by our superb kitchen, and played fantastic concerts together. All of the students, from those who’d never before played chamber music to players with more experience, discovered new and beautiful repertoire and the joys of working and performing together. Read More
An Intensely Musical and Humanistic Experience: Five questions for Matt Frohnhoefer
Kinhaven Executive Assistant Matt Frohnhoefer is the behind-the-scenes magician who has made Kinhaven’s operations run so beautifully for the past seven years. From organizing Board meetings to managing admissions, auditions, the bookkeeping, fundraising, and logistics, Matt’s calm and reassuring support is relied upon by the executive team, staff, parents, and students alike. We put Matt in the awkward position of talking about himself so that all could get to know him better. Read More
Nancy Bidlack inaugurated Kinhaven’s two-week Junior Session in 1990 as an experiment, and staff were feeling their way at first. That was Rob Blaine’s first year as trombone faculty, which was doubly disorienting, because he had just spent a season in the Dominican Republic playing for the National Symphony. “Going from the DR to Kinhaven was like traveling through three worlds at the same time,” he recalls. Read More
That’s almost a wrap on Senior Session 2018! We’ll have a full report next month, but for now we’re sharing this scrapbook of some of the highlights. From an intensive schedule of chamber music, orchestral, and choral performances to picking 200 pounds of strawberries to the regatta and Wally Wampus, our 67th summer was the best ever! Send photos of your Kinhaven summer and we’ll post them here!
(photo: Susan Nisbett, Ann Arbor; Barbara Sherman, Chicago; Nancy Breth (coach), Washington DC)
By Susan Isaacs Nisbett
Like all the children of Lake Wobegon, every session of Kinhaven’s Adult Four-Hand Piano Workshop is above average. Read More
Caroline Shaw (violin, ’97–’98) spent two life-changing summers playing chamber music at Kinhaven, which is probably why she prefers to perform barefoot whenever possible. In 2013 Caroline was the youngest winner ever of the Pulitzer Prize for composition, awarded for Partita, a four-movement work for vocal octet. Today she performs, composes, and teaches at various venues throughout the country. Read More
Kinhaven Students will be performing at the Community Church on the Hill in Weston, VT on Saturday, July 7 at 11 AM.
37 Lawrence Hill Road, Weston, Vermont 05161
Please come out and hear this free concert by our amazing students!
For more information: http://www.vtchurchonthehill.org
If you were to write a history of Kinhaven from 2000 to today – about a quarter of its history – you’d be well advised to start with Martin Jacobs, whose knowledge must be encyclopedic. Read More
Achilles Liarmakopoulos (Jr Session 1998) was playing in the Athens Youth Symphony Orchestra in 1997, a time, he says, when there were not a lot of trombonists in Greece. “Many people didn’t even know what the trombone was!” he says. Read More