The ArtsAhimsa Chamber Music Festival Workshop
August 17 – 24, 2020
ArtsAhimsa is happy to announce our thirteenth annual chamber music festival workshop, held at Belvoir Terrace in Lenox, MA, Wednesday, August 17 – Wednesday, August 24, 2022. The program is open to string players, pianists, and wind players. Applications are due by March 20, 2022.
The ArtsAhimsa 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 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 includes chamber music rehearsals, informal concerts performed by students and faculty, Chorus, chamber orchestra, freelancing, plus time for recreational swimming, hiking, and tennis. 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, Reception Hall, 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. Three excellent meals are 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 three daily chamber music rehearsals: two groups comprised of both faculty and students and one group including only student players, coached by a faculty member. Students can choose to be assigned to two or three groups, and each group rehearses one and a half hours each day. Afternoon scheduling includes Chorus rehearsal and a recreational block. Evenings will have performances and informal sight-reading. 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 $2,700 for students living at Belvoir, $2,500 for students with 3 groups living off-campus, $2,300 for students with 2 groups living off-campus, $1.500 for students with 1 group living off-campus, $1,200 for a guest spouse living at Belvoir.
In accordance with current CDC guidelines, ArtsAhimsa will require COVID-19 immunizations (including boosters for eligible age groups) for participants, faculty, and staff. After receiving your letter of acceptance, please email a copy of your vaccination card and please update if you receive a booster between now and June 1st. If you have a religious or medical consideration, please contact us for additional information.
Festival director Laura Jean Goldberg would like to meet and play chamber music with all applicants, if possible. Otherwise, A CD or DVD is requested with the application. ArtsAhimsa Inc. is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting peace through the arts. Laura Jean Goldberg will be heading up the distinguished faculty, which will also include Amy Lieberman, Laura Bossert, Terry King, Moshe S. Knoll, Lynn Nowels, Lisa Heffter, and Kate Dillingham.
For more information, you can also visit artsahimsa.org