A Very Important Message Regarding Summer 2020, May 29, 2020

We are heartbroken to announce we will not be able to hold Kinhaven Senior and Junior Sessions for 2020. 

Even though the state of Vermont, the CDC, and our own rigorous planning presented a possible path forward, there remained too many barriers to ensuring the health and wellbeing of our students, staff, and faculty. We love the Kinhaven community so much, that even one barrier was too much.

We were driven to find solutions to run Kinhaven for many reasons. We believed that Kinhaven offered real solutions for many groups affected by this pandemic: children who have been deeply affected on a social and emotional level; our music world that has been turned upside down; parents who want to see their children engage in their passion; and our entire Kinhaven community that wishes a glimpse of how it might be to return to normal for a short time.

We believed in our hearts that camp should run this summer, which is why we waited this long, consulted with our board of trustees, and convened a task force of volunteers and medical experts that engaged in rigorous planning up to this very moment. Shockingly, this is the first time in 69 years that Kinhaven won’t be in session, but we are comforted knowing we did everything in our power to try to make it work.

Our Senior and Junior Session Directors will be in touch directly with families in the coming days. 

We will pivot to developing ways for all of us to connect to our students and the greater community in some way this summer and begin planning to ensure a wonderful 2021 Kinhaven Season. 

We miss you all, and we cannot wait to connect with you soon.

Tony Mazzocchi and Deborah Buck
Co-Executive Directors

An Update about Junior and Senior Sessions from our Co-Executive Directors, May 9, 2020

Dear Kinhaven Community:

We hope you and your families are well. We want to thank everyone who has joined our Kinhaven viewing parties and who contributed to our “virtual choir” project over the past few weeks. Your response have been heartwarming beyond measure!

As our Kinhaven team follows the evolving COVID-19 situation, we continue to plan to hold Senior and Junior sessions as scheduled. Yesterday, the Vermont governor announced that summer camps could open as long as they comply with protocols developed by the CDC, the VT Dept of Public Health, and the American Camp Association. To that end, we have organized a task force of staff, trustees, and medical professionals to review the guidance and determine whether and how Kinhaven can comply. We anticipate that we will have a final determination by June 1.

Our tuition deadline remains June 1 for Senior Session, while the deadline for Junior Session remains July 1. Registration details for both sessions will be announced as soon as we determine whether sessions can run. We will, of course, reimburse tuition and fees if we decide we must close.

We remain optimistic that we will see you all this summer. If you have questions, please contact our Admissions Office at admin@kinhaven.org.


Tony Mazzocchi and Deborah Buck
Co-Executive Directors


Dear Kinhaven Community:

After what seemed like a very long April, we wish all of you a happy May 1st! We hope you and your families are well.

As our Kinhaven team follows the ever-changing COVID-19 situation, we continue to plan to hold Senior and Junior Sessions as scheduled.  

As you can imagine, the timing of our decision weighs heavily on our minds, and we are monitoring guidance from the CDC and the VT Dept of Public Health, the easing of mandates by states, and the availability and efficacy of testing. We are also continuing to develop strategies and procedures for keeping students and staff healthy once they are on campus. We will continue to stay in close touch with the American Camp Association and state and federal authorities, and will follow their guidance to maintain a safe campus.

There is still a possibility that we may cancel Kinhaven’s summer programs, whether to comply with government requirements and travel restrictions or because we feel we cannot provide an experience that is safe for your child, our staff, and the community. That is why we wish to postpone the final decision until as close to June 1st as possible. Much can change in a few weeks, so it is to our advantage to wait.

To that end, we have extended our tuition deadline until June 1st for Senior Session, while the deadline for Junior Session remains July 1st. Registration details for both sessions will be announced after our Board of Trustees meets on May 8th. We will, of course, fully reimburse tuition and fees if we decide we must close.

We remain optimistic that we will see you all this summer.  If you have any questions, please contact our Admissions Office at admin@kinhaven.org or at 973-378-5854.  


Tony Mazzocchi and Deborah Buck

Co-Executive Directors

Kinhaven Music School

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