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COVID-19 UPDATE: In conjunction with our hosts at Mary Baldwin University, which has very successfully conducted a "Back to Baldwin" in-seat semester, the Heifetz Institute is exploring every option for creating an on-campus experience for successful #Heifetz2021 applicants. Our current plans contemplate  a hybrid program for Summer 2021, featuring both in-person and virtual elements to meet the needs of our exceptional students. No matter the format, you can anticipate an immersive and transformative summer music experience in the hallmark Heifetz style, and its 25-year record of leadership and innovation in high-level musical instruction, Communication Training, and multimedia production.

Applications are now open. A full list of tuition and fees can be seen here. The application deadline will be February 15, 2021.  (Mar. 1, 2021 for Double Bass Applicants.)

For details on the 2020 Virtual Institute, the first, best, and most comprehensive online summer music program on the planet,  click here.

The intensive six-week summer program for gifted violin, viola, cello and select piano students is held on the campus of Mary Baldwin University in Staunton, Virginia – in the heart of the beautiful Shenandoah Valley. In addition to the main program, the Institute also offers the prestigious (and tuition-free) Ashkenasi /Kirshbaum Chamber Music Seminar for emerging professionals (June 21 – August 7), and a two-week Double Bass Studio & Workshop, (July 22 – August 7).

For application information for our other programs, please see the following pages:

The Summer Program

The Institute’s 2021 summer program is open to outstanding string players who generally range in age between 14 and 30. It includes:

  • Two one-hour private lessons per week
  • One studio performance class per week
  • NEW FOR 2021: A minimum of two chamber-music coachings per week in our enhanced and intensified chamber music component 
  • Our signature Heifetz Performance & Communication Training, including one-on-one coaching and goal-setting sessions
  • NEW for 2021: Weekly private instruction in multimedia recording technology
  • Myriad performance and recording opportunities, including
    • In-person livestreamed Stars of Tomorrow and Stars of Tomorrow Chamber Music concerts in Staunton.
    • Online Stars of Tomorrow concerts via Rubato: The Heifetz Virtual Concert Hall
    • Daily Chock Full O'Bach performances  via Rubato, and also featured on Facebook Live
    • Friday night Celebrity Series concerts featuring Heifetz faculty and select students
    • Workshop and performance invitations with the Borromeo Quartet, the Institute's Ensemble-in-Residence
    • Our renowned multi-genre Saturday night Heifetz Hootenannies.
    • Special events, including a live-broadcast Independence Day Concert at a Presidential estate
    • Private house concerts and outreach performances in area churches, libraries, day camps, and more (COVID-19 conditions permitting)
  • Special seminars, masterclasses, lectures, exhibitions and audition opportunities, including fine instrument dealers and From The Top auditions
  • HD audio and video productions for private use and on our industry-leading YouTube Channel, plus live-streams and nationwide broadcasts via The Violin Channel and Performance Today
  • Nationwide concert opportunities throughout the year for alumni through Heifetz On Tour
  • Residencies, partnerships, and audition opportunities with performing arts centers and major orchestras

And it all takes place in Staunton, Virginia, known for its historic, culturally vibrant downtown and stunning natural beauty. Sandwiched in the Shenandoah Valley between the Blue Ridge and Allegheny mountains, Staunton regularly appears on lists of the nation’s best main streets and small cities in such publications as Smithsonian, Travel & Leisure, USA Today, and Architectural Digest.

THE HEIFETZ MISSION:The Heifetz Institute believes there are specific factors that distinguish a good performance from a great one; an emerging musician struggling to form an artistic identity versus a complete performer destined for a notable career. We seek to know and convey those factors through the Institute’s innovative Performance & Communication Training methodology. Our mission is to enable musicians to convey the emotion of music, explore their creative potential, express their individuality, and redefine the concert experience. Through our presentation of free and low-cost concerts, we also serve our community by expanding access to and nurturing an appreciation for concert music.

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We thank you once again for your interest in the Heifetz International Music Institute. Should you have any questions about the application process, please do not hesitate to email:

We look forward to hearing from you!

Good luck!

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