Senior Session

Anthony Mazzocchi and Deborah Buck, Directors

Friday June 26, 2020 – Sunday August 9, 2020

This six-week experience is one of community, shared learning, and mutual support, where friendship and encouragement are always present.

Our Senior Session is comprised of 90 young musicians who engage in chamber music, chamber orchestra, symphony orchestra, large ensembles, and spontaneous music-making.

The program is led by Tony Mazzocchi and Deborah Buck, and complemented by a faculty of professional musicians who specialize in working with talented and dedicated high-school-aged students. All of our faculty members reside on campus during the session, so that everyone comes together at mealtimes to share delicious, home-cooked food under one roof.

Chamber music is at the heart of Kinhaven, where our teachers set aside time every week to discuss how each individual in the program is progressing.  These conversations allow our faculty to create new, freshly-balanced chamber ensembles each week – each with a faculty coach who helps navigate the piece that has been handpicked to suit (and challenge) every player in the group.

Orchestral seatings are rotated each week (no challenges), with renowned guest conductors who bring their vision to the world of symphonic repertoire. Students also engage in string orchestra and large ensembles (woodwind, brass, percussion, and combined), and every piece that rehearses culminates in public performances, which occur weekly on Fridays and Sundays.

Students can explore the structure of music through composition, with a range from beginner classes to advanced studies taught by our composer-in-residence.  Students who complete a work during the summer can have it rehearsed by their peers, coached by a faculty member, and hear it performed during our annual Student Composers’ Concert.

Our curriculum affords both relaxation time and deliberate study, including weekly private lessons that are supplemented with informal meetings to review students’ progress and encourage productive practice habits.  Kinhaven also invites world-class clinicians to campus, so that our students can engage them in master classes throughout the summer.

Senior Session is available to students currently enrolled in the 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th 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)
  • Orchestral Percussion (snare/traps/keyboards, timpani)
  • Piano

The program will take place from June 26 – August 9, 2020.
Students are required to attend all six weeks of the program.

Our all-inclusive tuition is $6,700 (including $900 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 submit an application and email our office at .

Applying to Senior Session
Eligible students can apply online starting November 1st
We’ll continue to accept applications until each studio has been filled (typically by mid-spring).

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

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

Learn More

Contacting the Senior 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.