Senior Session

Anthony Mazzocchi and Deborah Buck, Directors

Friday, June 23, 2017 until Sunday, August 6, 2017

Presenting glorious opportunities for high-level music-making, personal growth, and lifelong friendships, Kinhaven’s six week long Senior Session is comprised of 90 young musicians engaged in chamber music, symphony orchestra, string orchestra, large ensembles, and spontaneous music-making. The experience is one of community, shared learning, and mutual support in which friendship and encouragement are always present.

High school age young adults are challenged by a variety of chamber and orchestral repertoire. Co-Directors Tony Mazzocchi and Deborah Buck lead a faculty of professional musicians who specialize in working with talented and dedicated young people. The faculty reside on campus during the sessions and everyone shares delicious, home-cooked meals together.

Each week of the program, students are thoughtfully assigned a chamber ensemble and a piece that is appropriate for the group’s ability. A faculty member coaches each ensemble. In orchestra, where assignments rotate weekly, six prominent conductors bring inspiring vision to the world of symphonic repertoire. Students are challenged by works such as Tchaikovsky Symphonies 4, 5, and 6, Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique, and Brahms First and Second Symphonies. Students also engage in large ensembles such as string orchestra, woodwind ensemble, and brass and combined ensembles. Every piece our young artists study and rehearse culminates in public performances which happen weekly on Fridays 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. In addition, during the session three world-class clinicians engage students in master classes.

Kinhaven’s Senior Session was recently featured in the following media outlets.
WCAX TV – Vermont’s Trusted News Source – By Sharon Meyer
MaplewoodPatch – By Mary Mann

The Senior Session is available to students currently enrolled in the 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grade.

Senior Session accepts within the following instrument families:

  • Orchestral Strings  (violin, viola, cello, bass)
  • Orchestral Winds  (flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon)
  • Orchestral Brass  (horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba)
  • Timpani / Concert Percussion (snare drum, mallets, etc.)
  • Piano

Program Dates
In Summer 2017, Senior Session will run for the six-week period between June 23rd and August 6th.  Students are accepted for the entire time, only.

Tuition is $6,700.00.  After being accepted, we require a non-refundable deposit of $900.00 in order to secure your place in our enrollment.  The balance is due on May 15th, 2017.  All tuition payments are non-refundable.

Financial Aid
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 encourage you to apply for financial aid. Please contact the Senior Session Office with questions or to learn more.

Applying to Senior Session
Beginning each fall, students may apply online through our website. Applicants are accepted until each class is filled, which usually occurs by the end of March.

Join our email list to be notified when we’re accepting applications for Summer 2018.


Beginning January 1st, students who have applied may submit an audition recording, or arrange for a live audition.

Audition recordings should be 5-10 minutes in length: either from a single work, or contrasting selections from multiple works. Please review our Audition Requirements page for more detailed information.

Live auditions are also offered in a select number of cities, and we have a schedule HERE with updated information, dates, and locations.

Contacting the Senior Session Office:
Kinhaven Music School
6 Elberta Road
Maplewood, NJ 07040

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.