August 24 -August 31, 2014
After more than fifty years as a summer arts camp for girls in Lenox, Massachusetts, Belvoir Terrace is pleased to offer its sixth annual chamber music program for adults, sponsored by ArtsAhimsa. The program is open to string players and pianists.
The ArtsAhimsa Music Festival at Belvoir Terrace offers opportunities to make music in collaboration with both amateur players and the distinguished coaching faculty. The emphasis is on the shared musical experience. Participants and faculty will play and work together amidst Belvoir’s beautiful setting. The goal of the festival is to set the stage for finding inspiration in a caring and supportive community.
The schedule will include chamber music, chamber orchestra, private instrumental lessons, chorus, recreational swimming, hiking, tennis, and yoga. Individual players as well as pre-formed groups are invited to apply. Repertoire will be assigned and we encourage participants to be well prepared.
Belvoir Terrace has excellent practice and performance facilities, including the mansion’s gracious Music Room and the 300-seat Jesup Theater. Set majestically amongst rolling hills, Belvoir is one of the original Berkshire “cottages” from the gilded age. The town of Lenox, with galleries, restaurants, and shops, is a ten minute walk from Belvoir, and Tanglewood is only a couple of miles down the road.
Belvoir housing options include single and double rooms with adjacent shared baths. Some housing has kitchen facilities. Three excellent meals will be served daily in the dining room of the mansion, as well as wine and cheese before dinner. Housing assignments will be arranged prior to arrival.
The schedule includes two morning chamber music rehearsals with groups composed of both faculty and students. The afternoon program includes Chorus rehearsal, recreational block, and a third chamber group composed of student players, coached by the faculty. Evenings will have performances, chamber orchestra, and/or informal sight-reading. Private lessons are available on request if time allows. The outdoor heated swimming pool and the tennis courts will be available for recreation.
Lenox is an easy drive from both Boston and New York. Tuition is $1,500.00 for the week and includes chamber music coachings, ensemble rehearsals, room, and board. $900 is the tuition if you have outside housing and $700 is the fee for a guest spouse.
Festival director Laura Goldberg would like to meet and play chamber music with all new applicants, if possible. Otherwise, a CD or DVD is requested with the application.
Violinist Laura Goldberg is the founder of ArtsAhimsa, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting nonviolence through the arts. Laura will be heading up the distinguished faculty, which will also include Amy Lieberman, Lisa Heffter, Guy Fishman, Esme Allen-Creighton, Martin Perry, Jeremy Reger, Laura Bossert, and Terry King. For more information please visit www.artsahimsa.org.