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Wintergreen Music Academy 2019


String Chamber Music Academy

July 7 - August 4, 2019

Half Sessions (limited availability):

Sunday, July 7 - Sunday, July 21; Sunday, July 21 - Sunday, August 4

Open to advanced high school, undergraduate, and graduate string players. Both individuals and pre-formed ensembles are invited to apply.


Explore chamber music in a supportive and intense environment

Study includes:

  • Private lessons

  • Daily coachings

  • Twice weekly masterclasses

  • Multiple performance opportunities

  • Professional development and special interest sessions

  • And more!

Students develop musical and instrumental skills, hone their chamber music and interpersonal negotiating abilities, and evolve into strong, independent artists - all while observing their teachers and mentors perform at the Wintergreen Summer Music Festival.

The outstanding string faculty and coaches are members of the Wintergreen Festival Orchestra and special guest artists. These instructors play in orchestras and ensembles around the country and internationally and are university teachers or experienced pedagogues.

String Academy ensembles also have the option to work closely with Composition Academy students and instructors to explore, perform, and record new works.  


What to expect

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  • One private lesson per week with our top-notch faculty

  • Twice-weekly masterclasses and weekly instrument-specific technique classes

  • Study and performance of up to three major chamber music works

  • Multiple opportunities to work with and observe the professional musicians of the Wintergreen Festival Orchestra, comprised of musicians from top orchestras and chamber music societies around the country

  • Large ensemble readings with our esteemed guest Conductors

  • At least one public performance per week in formal and informal settings, building confidence and experience in concert presentation

  • Guidance in public speaking and community engagement

  • Free access to nearly all Wintergreen Music Festival performances (a $500 value)

  • Beautiful hiking trails, breathtaking overlooks, and free access to the Wintergreen Resort Fitness and Aquatics center

  • Electives such as: recording technology, conducting, working with composers, music business, body mechanics

A typical week includes:

  • Time for Individual practice

  • Twelve hours of ensemble rehearsal

  • Three hours of ensemble coaching

  • Two masterclasses with faculty and/or guest artists

  • A private lesson

  • One or two elective classes

  • Rare opportunities to observe faculty chamber music rehearsals

  • Attendance at Wintergreen Music Festival orchestral and chamber music performances

  • Recreation and time to relax with friends and colleagues



  • February 1:

  • Early Bird Deadline. Fee only $45.

  • Beginning February 2, Fee increases to $65

  • March 1: Application Deadline


All decisions regarding admission, merit scholarship, and financial aid will be published by March 15 via email from the GetAcceptd application portal.

Application requirements:

  • Audio or video (preferred) recordings of at least two contrasting works demonstrating technical and musical ability.

  • The combined length of the recordings should of at least 15 minutes total in duration. Applicants may upload file or provide a link during the application process.

  • Current resume of training experience

  • List of chamber music works studied and/or performed. Chamber music experience is not a requirement. This list helps us create chamber groups of matching experience.

  • Contact information for one reference

  • Those wishing to apply for need-based financial aid will need to submit a Statement of Need and an electronic copy of their parents' 2017 or 2018 Federal Tax Return with sensitive information removed

  • Those wishing to apply for work-study financial aid will need to briefly outline any relevant experience

  • We encourage all applicants to apply for financial aid in addition to merit scholarship. Each is considered separately by different committees, and each committee can only evaluate the information provided by each applicant.

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In 2018, over 75% of our students received scholarship. We expect a similar distribution for 2019.  We offer merit, work-study, and need-based financial aid.


  • Application Fees:

    • $45 on or before February 1

    • Beginning February 2, fee raises to $65

  • Tuition:

    • Full session: $2150

    • Half sessions: $1075

    • (Merit, need, and work-study scholarships available. 75% of our students receive financial assistance.)

  • Room and Board:

    • Full session: $1920

    • Half sessions: $960

    • ($480 per week. Room and Board includes all food and lodging, free admission to the aquatics center, a Festival t-shirt, admission to all Festival events, and transportation to and from the Charlottesville airport, train station, or bus terminal.)


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