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The ArtsAhimsa Chamber Music Festival at Belvoir Terrace

 August 18 – 25, 2020

ArtsAhimsa is happy to announce our twelfth annual chamber music festival, held at Belvoir Terrace in Lenox, MA, Wednesday, August 18 – Wednesday, August 25, 2021. The program is open to string players, pianists, and wind players. Applications are due by March 1, 2021.

The ArtsAhimsa Chamber 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 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, informal concerts performed by students and faculty, Chorus, chamber orchestra, 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 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 $2,000 for the week and includes chamber music coachings, ensemble rehearsals, room, and board. $1,400 is the tuition for students with off-campus housing, and $800 is the fee for a guest spouse staying at Belvoir

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 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, Makiko Hirata, Lisa Heffter, Maiko Sasaki, and Kate Dillingham.

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ArtsAhimsa Music Festival Application