Junior Session

Sandra Dennis and Martha Knieriem, Directors

Saturday, August 12, 2017 until Sunday, August 27, 2017

Each year 70 middle school age musicians take part in our two week long Junior Session. Co-directed by Sandy Dennis and Marty Knieriem, our dedicated faculty of professional musicians works to match students with chamber groups and orchestral repertoire that challenge and delight them. Every piece our young artists study and rehearse culminates in public performances which happen weekly on Saturdays 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. The faculty reside on campus during the sessions and everyone shares delicious, home-cooked meals together.

Age Range

The Kinhaven Junior Session accepts 70 students.  Violinists, cellists, and pianists currently in grades 4 through 7 are eligible; violists, bassists, woodwind, and brass players currently in grades 4 through 8 are also eligible.


The Junior Session will run for two weeks from August 12 to August 27, 2017.  Students are accepted for the entire time only.


Tuition is $3,200.00.  After you have been accepted we require a non-refundable deposit of $800.00 in order to secure your place in our enrollment.  The balance is due on July 1st, 2017.  All tuition payments are non-refundable.

Financial Aid

Each year, funds are allocated for tuition reduction. These funds come from foundations, individual donors and other sources. The generous gifts to the Annual Fund by alumni and friends are a significant part of this effort. Accordingly, financial aid is available to qualified students who demonstrate fiscal need. If you would like to attend Kinhaven, but are concerned about the tuition, we invite you to apply for financial aid. Please contact the Junior Session Directors directly with any questions or for more information. Contact us.


We would like to hear 5-10 minutes of a representative work of your choosing. Both live auditions and video recordings are welcome. Extensive information about audition requirements and audition dates is available here.

Application Information

Beginning in January, you can submit a completed application either online or by mail to the admissions office (address below). Please include an audition recording or arrange for a live audition.  Applicants are accepted until each class is filled.

To send an application by mail, please print out the online form, fill it out, and mail it to the admissions office.

Please send applications to:
Kinhaven Admissions Office
6 Elberta Road
Maplewood, NJ 07040

Please send Junior Session Recordings to:
Sandy Dennis and Marty Knieriem
Directors of Junior Session
48 Terrace Lane
Northampton, MA 01060

Kinhaven Music School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, place of birth, or age or against a qualified disabled individual, in its admissions, financial aid, education programs, activities or employment policies.