Adult Chamber Music Workshop

Alberto and Naho Parrini, Directors

Wednesday, June 14, 2016 until Sunday, June 18, 2017.


Summers in Vermont remain a cherished memory in the minds of the many professional and non-professional musicians who have attended Kinhaven Music School. Kinhaven’s emphasis on non-competitive, supportive music-making has been at the very heart of its philosophy. This approach—the basis for our success with students of all ages—is the guiding spirit for the Adult Chamber Music workshop. The workshop is a wonderful way for Kinhaven Alums to Reexperience the unique musical environment of Kinhaven, or for new musicians to experience it for the first time.

The Program
The workshop is open to string, wind, and piano players, 18 years or older, of all levels of experience. Existing groups are welcome, or you will be matched with a chamber group. The workshop will begin with supper on Wednesday and will end with a concert on Sunday morning, followed by lunch. Participation in this concert is optional. The workshop is open to string, wind, and piano players, 18 years or older, of all levels and experience. Existing groups are welcome. Acceptance will be based on the need for a balanced instrumentation and the date the application is received.

Coaches and Repertoire
The coaches are all professional musicians who are experienced working with adults. Chamber groups and repertoire will be chosen in advance by the music faculty. Recordings submitted with the application will help us to create compatible and challenging groups. Participants will be assigned to at least two groups. Groups will meet daily and will be coached at every meeting.

There will also be orchestra readings and time for sight-reading, practicing, and enjoying Weston, Vermont and the surrounding area.

The Faculty
Violin – Eva Gruesser, Andrea Schultz, April Johnson, Rohan Smith, & Naho Parrini
Viola – Kenneth Kwo & Kathleen Foster
Cello – Michael Finckel, Alberto Parrini, & Peter Seidenberg
Flute, Conductor – Peter Schultz
Piano – George Lopez
Oboe – Mary Watt & Nobuo Kitagawa

Housing and Food
Kinhaven has camp facilities consisting of communal cabins with bunk beds and shared bathrooms. There is electricity in all cabins. The Common Room in the Main House will be available day and night for reading, visiting, and relaxing in front of the fireplace.

Participants have the option of commuting from one of the many inns or motels in the area. A list of inns is available here. Meals will be provided from Wednesday supper to Sunday lunch. The Kinhaven kitchen is famous for its delicious homemade fare—fresh, nutritious and non-institutional. Vegetarian meals will be available.


Tuition: $900; includes all musical activities, room, and meals.
Commuters: $800; includes everything except room and breakfast.
Non-participating guests and family members: $300; includes room and meals

The balance is due June 1.  (The application deadline is March 1)

How to Apply

The application can be found in the Kinhaven Music School brochure and online. To receive a brochure, you may call the admissions office at (973) 378-5854 or email the office at The application deadline is March 1st.

Audition recording requirements: A home recording or copy of a live performance is fine. The recording can be on a CD or DVD. Choose a solo, etude, or piece of chamber music that will give us an accurate idea of your abilities. If you send a chamber music performance, be sure that your own playing can be heard clearly. For a sonata, piano accompaniment is not necessary.

Please be sure to label the recording media and case with your name and the work performed.

Send the completed application and recording to:

Kinhaven Adult Chamber Music Workshop
Naho Parrini, Director
295 Bennett Avenue #4F
New York, NY 10040

If you have further questions, please email or call (631) 523-2462