Where I Realized What Music Could Be

It is not unusual for a person to identify a space in their lives that has been “flagged,” a moment they consider essential and pivotal. These moments are not just life changing, but have become so deeply tied… Read More

A Conversation with Sarah Whitney:

By: Karl Grohmann Sarah and I grew up attending Kinhaven Music School together in the1990s. I recently had the privilege of reconnecting with Sarah and talking about our Kinhaven memories and our continued musical journeys since our childhood…. Read More

“It’s very possible that if I never went to Kinhaven I never would have started writing music.”

Listening to the eclectic and marvelous music of composer Jon Russell is a pleasure quite apart from his Kinhaven connection—but remembering the connection provides a delight of its own. At Kinhaven, there was very little Jon did not… Read More

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.”

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… Read More

Everybody Gives Day 2019

Everybody Gives Day Is Monday, September 16. Help Launch Expansion of the Concert Hall! 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… Read More

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,… Read More

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.