Junior Session

Sandra Dennis and Martha Knieriem, Directors

Saturday August 15, 2020 – Sunday August 30, 2020

Each year 70 middle school age musicians take part in our two week long Junior Session. Co-directed by Sandy Dennis and Marty Knieriem, our dedicated faculty of professional musicians works to match students with chamber groups and orchestral repertoire that challenge and delight them. Every piece our young artists study and rehearse culminates in public performances which happen weekly on Saturdays 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. The faculty reside on campus during the sessions and everyone shares delicious, home-cooked meals together.

Junior Session is available to students currently enrolled in the 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, or 8th grade.

We accept students within the following instrument families:

  • Orchestral Strings  (violin, viola, cello, bass)
  • Orchestral Winds  (flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon)
  • Orchestral Brass  (horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba)
  • Piano

The program will take place from August 15 – 30, 2020.
Students are required to attend both weeks of the program.

Our all-inclusive tuition is $3,350 (including $800 deposit).
All tuition payments are non-refundable.

Financial Aid
Financial aid is available to qualified students who demonstrate fiscal need. If you have questions about our financial aid offerings, we encourage you to send an email to the directors at .

Applying to Junior Session
Eligible students can apply online starting December 1st

We’ll continue to accept applications until each studio has been filled.

All applicants should prepare 5-10 minutes worth of music that is representative of their playing ability.

Our JR Session Audition Page provides submission and scheduling information, as well as a FAQ section for applicants, parents, and teachers.

Learn More

Contacting the Junior 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.