The Kinspirit Ethos: A Deep Optimism and Idealism

We all had something to offer. That’s something that – especially at that age – was formative and important. I’ll always be thankful to Kinhaven for that.”

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A Balancing Act: Designing the Faculty Concert Series

When Deborah Buck joined the Kinhaven faculty in 2001, she and her colleagues would hand then-director Nancy Bidlack slips of paper on Thursday during Staff Week (the week before camp opens), listing works they’d like to perform. Nancy would invite them in by instrument group the next evening to choose which parts of which pieces they wanted to play, with the first of five faculty concerts scheduled for a week later. Faculty members would perform three to five times, “so it would be a massive cram session to prepare a lot of repertoire for the rest of the summer,” Deborah said. Faculty would digest the music as fast as they could, while teaching all morning, practicing all afternoon, and rehearsing at night. Deborah said she remembered one summer having to learn Stravinsky’s “L’Histoire du soldat” and Tchaikovsky’s “Souvenir de Florence” in less than a week!

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Everybody Gives Day 2019

Everybody Gives Day Is Monday, September 16.

Help Launch Expansion of the Concert Hall!

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On Everybody Gives Day our ambitious goal is to raise $75,000 for the Annual Fund. This critically important resource funds scholarships to deserving students as well as essential operational and maintenance needs. With the knowledge that we can meet these obligations, Kinhaven will launch a major renovation and expansion of the Concert Hall and complete the purchase of the Steinway Concert B.

Thanks to a generous grant from the EHA foundation, all gifts will be fully matched. That means a gift of $50 is worth $100; a gift of $250 is worth $500; and a gift of $2,500 is worth $5,000 toward replenishing the Annual Fund and getting us started on Concert Hall renovations. 

Whether you give $5 or $5,000, we invite you and the entire Kinhaven community to take advantage of the dollar-for-dollar matching grant and take part in this important work. 

You don’t have to wait to show your support by donating to Kinhaven. All funds received between today and September 17 will be credited toward Everybody Gives Day!

Click here to donate!

Watch this brief video that highlights Everybody Gives Day 2019!

A Space that Valued Us

I went to a large, elite, suburban, and competitive public high school. While I excelled, the culture wasn’t “deliberate,” the way Kinhaven’s was. It didn’t feel okay to be as smart as I was, particularly as a girl, and jealousy and competition were excessive. In my class of four hundred I was an unknown – and I didn’t want to be known. I didn’t know my principal and had never seen her. (Some of us joked she didn’t exist outside of the disembodied voice on the intercom.) The school promoted a narrow vision of what it meant to be successful, and I hated it for that.

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Kinhaven Is Home for Me

The US Army announced this March that Staff Sergeant Nicole Daley of the 82nd Airborne Division Band will represent US Army Music Careers at the International Women’s Brass Conference in May in an all-women brass quintet. Read More

Every Village Has a Different Swing on Its Dances!

“To dance is part of being a musician,” says viola faculty Kenneth Kwo. “If you can feel a rhythm, you can dance.” As Kinhaven’s resident folk-dance teacher, Ken can tell whether it will be a good year for the orchestra by listening to campers’ feet: “If they listen, keep time, and not get too caught up in things, it’s going to be good.” Read More

Season’s Greetings!

Season’s Greetings from Kinhaven Co-executive Directors Tony Mazzocchi and Deborah Buck. Thanks for making 2018 our best year ever!

Please help sustain our momentum into 2019 by making a gift to the Annual Fund at

Junior Session Packs in the Activities

Photo: The activities calendar is put together by activities staff Marty Jacobs, Asa Maynard, Juvenal Santiago, Devon Nelson, and Samantha Lauring.

Junior Session 2018 began with students arriving, giant bubbles, and first-weekend auditions. Within two short weeks together, we had become friends, folk danced, square danced, walked to Weston, competed in Kin-Olympics, canoed on and swum in Echo Lake, gone on a creek walk, created cabin skits for inspection, enjoyed fabulous meals prepared by our superb kitchen, and played fantastic concerts together. All of the students, from those who’d never before played chamber music to players with more experience, discovered new and beautiful repertoire and the joys of working and performing together. Read More