A Powerful and Personal Transformation

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

Senior Session 2018

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!

Important, Moving, and Meaningful: The 2018 Piano Workshop

Susan Nisbett, Ann Arbor; Barbara Sherman, Chicago; Nancy Breth (coach), Washington DC

(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

The Path to a Pulitzer Begins in the Art Cabin

Caroline Shaw - photo: Kait Moreno

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 Student Performance at the Weston Community Church on the Hill

Special Announcement!
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

Giving Kids the Respect and Freedom to Explore

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

Kinhaven Made Me Look Further

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

Kinhaven Online Auction to Benefit Student Scholarships

Help Kinhaven raise $5,000 to provide financial aid to young music students!

Did you know that many of the musicians who attend Kinhaven each year receive financial assistance? Proceeds from this auction support the Annual Fund, a critical component of Kinhaven’s commitment to ensuring that all qualified students may attend, regardless of their financial circumstances. Your support helps over 100 deserving students benefit from the transformative musical experience of Kinhaven.

Head over to our online auction now and bid on one of our fabulous items to help: