Young Performers Program

For Advanced String Players and Pianists,
ages 10-19

Dmitri Atapine and Hyeyeon Park, Co-Directors

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 ten to nineteen, the program immerses students in a rigorous, nurturing environment, where, through intense exploration of advanced chamber music repertoire, they are transformed into the leaders of tomorrow. Chamber music, with its rich historic tradition and unique challenges, is the perfect art-form to cultivate the skills needed for success. Leadership and teamwork, discipline and creativity, communication and engagement, inventiveness and adaptability: all are addressed in a profoundly engaging way, while offering musical training at the highest level.

Approximately thirty students are accepted into the program each summer. Highlights of the program include:
  • An in-depth exploration of chamber music repertoire with some of the world’s best musicians in an intense and immersive environment
  • Public master classes
  • Multiple student performances all professionally produced and broadcast live
  • Free tickets to all Music@Menlo main stage events
  • Café Conversations and Encounter Lectures with leading artists and musicologists
  • Instrument specific sessions focusing on technique and performance skills
  • Development of public speaking and communication skills
  • Multiple scholarship opportunities
  • Yoga sessions
  • Group activities that promote inclusiveness and friendship, including ping-pong, scavenger hunts, etc.

A Note About the 2021 Application and Audition Process
September 18, 2020

Due to COVID-19 and the subsequent cancelation of the 2020 summer festival and Institute, enrollment for all 39 students has been deferred to 2021. Admitted students will have until midnight Pacific Time on December 1, 2020 to confirm their intent to enroll in the 2021 Institute, which is scheduled for July 16 through August 6. Students who decline their offer of admission will be released from the roster and applications will open on December 2, 2020.

With the rapidly changing complexities surrounding COVID-19, it is not known at this time whether the 2021 Chamber Music Institute will take place exclusively online or in-person. Check this page and follow us on our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter accounts for updated information and announcements.

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