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:

Orli Shaham to Perform for Kinhaven Spring Benefit

We are thrilled to invite you to a performance by critically acclaimed pianist and Kinhaven mom Orli Shaham on Saturday, May 12, 2018 in the Rose Studio at Lincoln Center, NYC. Ms. Shaham will be performing works by Mozart, Brahms, Chopin, and John Adams in support of Kinhaven’s Annual Fund for student scholarships.
Your ticket purchase helps ensure that all qualified students have the opportunity to benefit from the transformative musical experience of Kinhaven.
Tickets are $100, with a limited number of “angel seats” in the front rows for $500.
If you are unable to attend, please consider purchasing a ticket for a deserving student.
Thank you for supporting Kinhaven scholarships!

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One of the Most Important Places on the Planet

“I wouldn’t trade those summers for anything in the world – they shaped me as a person and a player,” says Basil Vendryes (Viola ’76–’77) of his time at Kinhaven. Read More

Kinhaven Changed My Life

An interview with Philanthropist Victoria Sanger 

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What’s Cooking at Kinhaven?

Chef Hugo Fuentes has always wanted to cook. The eldest of five children, Hugo grew up in Puerto Cabello, Venezuela, where his mother encouraged his passion (she has been a chef and caterer for 35 years). Read More

An Investigative and Caring Approach to Music-Making

The Lux Quartet, a student chamber music group at Florida State University, takes an “investigative and caring approach to quartet playing,” says Shannon Thomas, their coach. Read More

A Magical Place

Michael Reit (2nd from left) and his Gang of Thieves bandmates, photo credit Julia Luckett

Michael Reit (Jr Session, ’01‐’02, violin; ’03 viola) says Kinhaven “is one of the most magical places in the country.” He lists the breathtaking scenery, the staff, and the pursuit of excellence in music‐making as contributing to the “amazing spiritual and academic experience” that Kinhaven offers. Read More

Kinhaven Continues to Inspire Long After Students Leave

EXPAND It’s not just sending your kid to camp ‐‐ it’s putting them in an environment where they can grow by leaps and bounds as musicians and as human beings and world citizens. ”

“When I compare notes with those who attended other music camps, they all had to audition for every seat, while at Kinhaven seats are rotated, … ” says Chapin Kaynor. “It’s a cooperative endeavor in every regard–you get the parts you can handle, maximizing results and a sense of camaraderie.”

The VSO Brass Quartet, 1976. Next to Chapin (left) is Priscilla Douglas (trumpet faculty ’75‐’76)

The VSO Brass Quartet, 1976. Next to Chapin (left) is Priscilla Douglas (trumpet faculty ’75‐’76)

Chapin attended Kinhaven for five years in the 1960s, mostly on French horn but also viola, trombone, and recorder; on the board in the role of recent Kinhaven graduate (’73-’75); and on the activities staff (’74). After leaving Kinhaven, he joined the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, playing French horn there until 1992. He is now a member of the VSO chorus, founded by the late great choral composer and director Robert de Cormier.

Chapin leads a busy life fulfilling his post‐retirement commitments “to do something with kids, do something civic, and do something for seniors.” For the kids, he volunteers in Four Winds science programs, helps with band lessons at the Williston Central School, demos recorders and brass instruments for students considering taking up these instruments, and does some substitute teaching in middle and high school. On the civic front, he is the board chair of Green Mountain Transit, the $20 million, 200‐employee public transportation system that covers the northwest region of state. These things and music making have not yet allowed time for his third retirement goal of driving for Meals on Wheels.

Chapin is also busy when it comes to his first passion, music. In addition to VSO chorus, he is a member of Champlain Consort, which plays Renaissance and Elizabethan music on period instruments, especially recorders and sackbuts (Renaissance trombones). He also plays euphonium in the Green Mountain Brass Band (a British‐style brass band) and in the Williston town band, which he also conducts on occasion.

Chapin stays in touch with several Kinhavenites, including Priscilla Douglas (trumpet faculty ’75 ‐’76), Peter Reit (Horn ’74‐’75), Nate Reit (Tuba ’97‐’00, Trombone ’02‐’05, Staff ’06‐’14), Laura Markowitz (violin faculty ’85‐’86), and Miriam French (violin ’60‐’62). “We share a common bond and a common experience,” he says, remarking on the miraculous combination of rigorous quality and non‐competitiveness that Kinhaven fosters.

In addition to his years as a Kinhaven student and staff, Chapin spent his senior year in high school and freshman year at college at Kinhaven during the off-season working for Mr. Dushkin on buildings and grounds. Chapin recalls that Dushkin manufactured recorders in the barn and kept all the machinery there through the 1960s. “Dushkin developed a unique design where the fipple could be pulled apart. He lined it with ivory and you could slide it apart to clean. I played in many ensembles that included recorder and loved using his recorders. They were very loud ‐‐ great solo instruments.”

Chapin continues to be an enthusiastic Kinhaven supporter, because “it’s an incredible experience for the students. It’s not just sending your kid to camp ‐‐ it’s putting them in an environment where they can grow by leaps and bounds as musicians and as human beings and world citizens.”

Chapin (left) performing in the Champlain Consort

Chapin (left) performing in the Champlain Consort

As an example of Kinhaven’s influence beyond its borders, Chapin codirected a camp in the early 1980s in Poultney Vermont, modeled on Kinhaven, and some of those campers have gone on to be professional musicians. And in 1987, he participated in establishing a music camp in Honduras sponsored by the Vermont Symphony Orchestra through the Partners in the Americas organization. “This was a big deal, because Honduras was very divided at the time,” he says. The camp used a forestry school campus in the central part of the country to get the students from competing regions together, and the students played unifying concerts in churches around the country. Chapin says, “My vision in these camps was to carry on the traditions I learned at Kinhaven.”