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The heart of the Kinhaven program is chamber music. Each student is assigned to a chamber group with a coach and a musical work appropriate to the group's ability. After studying and performing the composition, you will be assigned to other ensembles with new coaches and new pieces.
You will have at least one private lesson a week on your major instrument. Your teacher may want to meet with you more often to review your progress. This close personal support helps you prepare for performances and adopt productive practice habits.
The orchestra plays classical symphonic repertoire. The nightly rehearsals culminate in the performance of a movement or an overture every Sunday afternoon. In the past few years the orchestra has played:
Brahms, First and Second Symphonies
Shostakovich, Fifth and Tenth Symphonies
Sibelius, Second Symphony
Tschaikovsky, Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Symphonies
Mozart, Jupiter Symphony
Stravinsky, Symphony of Psalms
Berlioz, Symphonie Fantastique
Mahler, First Symphony
Respighi, Pines of Rome
Hindemith, Symphonic Metamorphosis
Liszt, Les Préludes
Debussy, La Mer
Bartok, Dance Suite
Bernstein, West Side Story
Strauss, Till Eulenspiegel
We form large ensembles to explore the literature for string orchestra, woodwind ensemble, brass and combined ensembles. Our percussion program brings together percussion majors, piano majors, and others seeking to broaden their experience.
Kinhaven is fortunate to have Nicholas Scherzinger as our Composer-in-Residence. Aspiring composers can attend seminars, have private lessons, and look forward to performances of their works. Dr. Scherzinger offers guidance to serious composers throughout the summer. One of our student concerts is devoted solely to student compositions.
Three times a week, all Kinhaven students gather as a chorus. The first half of the summer is devoted to learning madrigals, chorales and rounds. In the second half, a large work, usually a Bach cantata, is prepared for the final concert. It is through this communal singing that we come closest to the founders' vision of music-making.
If you are a serious singer who enjoys more singing, you can try out for the Chamber Choir and study madrigals, chamber cantatas and other works for small choir.
Every piece you study and practice culminates in performance. Families, friends and the public are invited to all of our concerts, free of charge.
Student Concerts: Fridays at 4:00 PM and Sundays at 2:30 PM.
Faculty Concerts: Saturdays at 8:00 PM.
8:30 Practice &, Lessons
9:30 Chamber Orchestra, Large Ensembles and Chorus
10:30 Chamber Music
11:30 Practice, Lessons, and Chamber Choir
2:00 Recreational Activities
10:30 Bed Time
The beautiful swimming pond, volleyball court, soccer field, basketball court, tennis court, and ping pong tables are available to all. Hikes, walks to the brook or into town are easily organized, and our activities staff plans outings, games, track meets, scavenger hunts, the annual Regatta, folk dancing, and strawberry picking!
The art house, newly renovated in 2008, has a fully-equipped pottery studio with a brand-new kiln and potters’ wheels. Beginners and experienced ceramists alike enjoy stopping by to try their hands at throwing a pot. Sculpture, drawing, painting, carving, silk- screening, and even tie-dying can fill your afternoons.
Quiet time is precious too. The afternoon can be yours to read, practice, play chess or cards, compose, or indulge in a favorite Kinhaven pastime, hill-sitting.