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July 13-August 4, 2018
Gloria Chien, Chamber Music Institute Director
Music@Menlo’s Young Performers Program provides an incomparable experience for some of the most outstanding young musicians from across the country and abroad. Designed for enthusiastic and dedicated string players and pianists ages nine to eighteen, the program immerses students in a rigorous, nurturing environment that includes numerous rehearsals and coachings six days a week. Each participant will explore three pieces of repertoire, culminating in weekly performances. The daily schedule includes master classes focused on the chamber music repertoire and Café Conversations featuring the festival’s world-renowned visiting artists discussing a variety of topics related to music and the arts. Coachings with the core teaching faculty are the central focus of each day, and additional sessions with visiting artists enhance the Institute experience for each student. Students are given free admission to all festival concerts and lectures and are encouraged to attend as many of these events as possible.
Schedule: The Young Performers Program takes place every day of the week except for the following Sundays: July 15, July 22, and July 29. The typical schedule for weekdays includes:
8:45 a.m. – Roll Call and Announcements
9:00 a.m. – Warm-up
9:15 a.m. – Rehearsal/Coaching
10:15 a.m. – Break
10:30 a.m. – Rehearsal/Coaching
11:30 a.m. – Break
11:45 a.m. – Master Class or Café Conversation
1:00 p.m. – Lunch
2:00 p.m. – Group Activity
2:45 p.m. – Rehearsal/Coaching
4:00 p.m. – End of day
Dress rehearsals and Young Performers Program concerts take place on the following Saturdays: July 21, July 28, and August 4. The program concludes with a reception following the August 4th Young Performers Program concert.
Tuition: $3,100. Financial aid and scholarships are available and will be awarded on the basis of need and merit. Download a financial aid application here.
Accommodations: Housing is available for students ages fourteen to eighteen who reside at least forty miles away from Atherton, California. Accommodations are provided by a local hotel approximately five miles from the Menlo School campus. Students are chaperoned by Music@Menlo residential life staff, and transportation is provided between the hotel and the Menlo School campus. Cost per student is $3,800 and includes all meals.