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Players Wanted! Join us for our #VirtualHeifetz2020 Institute: June 25 - August 9, 2020!

The Heifetz International Music Institute, renowned for assembling a world-class group of young musicians and faculty members from across the globe each summer in the Shenandoah Valley, has made the difficult decision not to hold the physical Institute on the Mary Baldwin University campus in summer 2020 due to the global pandemic. However, the Institute has taken the bold step to innovate a virtual Heifetz Institute for Summer 2020, the first such action taken by a premier music program nationwide.

We have a limited number of openings for the reimagined summer program.  Admissions will be on a rolling basis beginning on April 10, 2020.

OUR MISSION:
To create a meaningful and intense summertime musical learning experience in the digital realm that thrives on the Heifetz Institute’s unique vision, values, and assets.


The Summer Program: All lessons and instruction will be conducted via online video conferencing, and will closely follow the overall structure and schedule of the Institute’s normal operations, including:

  • Two online private one-hour lessons per week.
  • One online studio class per week with fellow studio students.
  • Online Communication classes with stellar actors, directors, choreographers and other artists, as well as one-on-one sessions with Communication Training Director Daniel Pettrow
  • Pianists will continue to work with students in their assigned studio via the latest studio-recording collaboration technology.
  • In a similar vein, each student will have another string “duo partner” with whom they will collaborate and perform in a similar manner. We are leaving open the possibility of “leveling up” to trios and quartets as well, given time, technology, and growing expertise.
  • Two “[Virtual] Stars of Tomorrow” concerts featuring #VirtualHeifetz2020 students per week. Students and pianists selected for performances will work with the Heifetz Multimedia Team, who will produce the content for production and release via YouTube and Facebook Live.

New Programs for #VirtualHeifetz2020 Include:

  • One All-Institute Masterclass per week.
  • “The Beethoven Experience” – a symposium and performance series in celebration of the 250th anniversary of the birth of Ludwig van Beethoven, with Heifetz Institute Artistic Director Nicholas Kitchen, the resident Borromeo String Quartet, and special guests.
  • Online presentation and communication skills training – including basic audio and video production tutorials.
  • Aided by our renowned Multimedia Production team, each #VirtualHeifetz2020 student will produce at least one piece to present in an online concert, to also include distribution on the Heifetz Facebook Live and YouTube channels.
  • Each master class, symposium, and lecture will be video recorded for access and download. The Zoom platform will also enable screen shares, group chats, and whiteboarding, among other features.
  • Each student will be provided with a “Heifetz Tech Toolkit,” (consisting of a USB microphone, over-the-ear headphones, a tripod and accessories) to install on their own devices in order to guarantee consistency of sound quality.
  • Even before the Institute begins, we will conduct tutorials, webinars, and one-on-one interviews designed to maximize your summertime experience with the Heifetz Institute.
  • A free three month premium subscription to Idagio – the premier streaming service for classical music online, and powerful resource for learning and inspiration in this digital medium.


Exclusive for Heifetz2020 – Beethoven: The Goldberg Explorations
In celebration of the 250th anniversary of the birth of Ludwig van Beethoven, Artistic Director Nicholas Kitchen will lead a summer-long seminar coaching Heifetz students in readings of all of Beethoven’s duos for piano and string instruments. The course’s approach will be inspired by Mr. Kitchen’s Curtis Institute teacher, Szymon Goldberg, the legendary violinist and conductor. True to Mr. Goldberg’s advocacy of primary-source study, every participating Heifetz student will have the opportunity to work with the original manuscripts of Beethoven’s solo works, under the expert guidance of Mr. Kitchen.

Heifetz Performance and Communication Training sets the Institute apart from all other summer learning experiences for string players. Classes and seminars in a variety of related disciplines are tailor-made to help you bring out and refine your expressive abilities. They’re also a great way for you to connect with your fellow students! 1-on-1 individualized coaching sessions will be available with Drama teacher and Communication Training Director Daniel Pettrow for the duration of the summer program. This innovative, comprehensive, and cross-disciplinary curriculum enhances everyone’s ability to become a more expressive and communicative artist. See the incredible work that faculty members Melissa White and Elena Urioste of Intermission Sessions have been doing to work with students throughout the quarantine.


The Heifetz Digital Concert Hall

Heifetz concerts are intended to be community events that bring music lovers together to form a dynamic connection between performers and audiences. During this time in which such gatherings are imprudent, we will continue to connect students with our community of music lovers, supporters, and patrons both locally and worldwide.

  • [Virtual] Stars of Tomorrow: A twice-weekly compendium of fresh performances by the brilliant young artists of #Heifetz2020 [Mondays and Thursdays]
  • Video of the Week: Newly-released and instantly-memorable performances from the Heifetz multimedia vaults. [Tuesdays]
  • Young Alumni Showcase: Freshly-curated content featuring prominent Heifetz alumni [Wednesdays]
  • Faculty Fridays: The day when our legendary teachers get pride of place, with gripping performances by some of the biggest names in the business [Fridays]
  • And A Whole Lot More! Aided by our renowned Multimedia Production team, each #VirtualHeifetz2020 student will produce at least one piece to present in an online concert, which will also be distributed via our Heifetz channels on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.

All concerts will be available for free on our YouTube and Facebook channels for seven days following the broadcast, at which point they will be available in the archives for our Digital Season Pass Holders.

Tuition and fees:

Tuition: $2,800.00

Technology Fee:  $175.00

  • Each student will be provided with a “Heifetz Tech Toolkit,” (a customized assemblage of a USB microphone, over-the-ear headphones, a tripod and accessories) to install on their own devices in order to guarantee consistency of sound quality.  This will for students to keep after the conclusion of the Institute.
  • The Institute will conduct tutorials, webinars, and one-on-one interviews designed to maximize your summertime experience with the Heifetz Institute.
  • Also included: A free three month premium subscription to Idagio – the premier streaming service for classical music online, and powerful resource for learning and inspiration in this digital medium.

Total – $2,975.00

Double Bass Workshop: July 25 – Aug. 8, 2020

Tuition: (see above): $1,400.

Technology Fee (see above): $175.00

Total – $1,575.00

Financial Aid: 

Given the drastic reduction in tuition, scholarship support for the Virtual program is extremely limited. Merit scholarship support will be awarded at the discretion of the Admissions committee.  Students wishing to be considered for a need-based scholarship  will be required to fill out the Financial Aid portion of the application thoroughly and carefully. The reduced application fee for the Virtual Institute of $75 cannot be waived and is not subject to financial assistance.

We also recommend that you investigate grant and scholarship opportunities within your community (schools, religious groups, arts or civic organizations, community foundations, and private donors) for alternate sources of financial aid.

Application process:

Take as much time as you need to complete the application. Should you log out, all of your application material will be saved. You can then pick up from where you left off at any time.

Keep your credit card handy when you come to the end of the form. Once you complete your application, you will be asked to submit the $75 application fee via credit card.

You must submit this application fee in order to be considered for admission for the #VirtualHeifetz2020 program.

Should you experience any technical difficulties with uploading or submitting your materials, use the green “HELP” button on the left of the screen or call Acceptd Customer Support at (888) 725-2122. 

Tip: Before you hit “submit” on your application, please take a moment to look over it for any spelling or data entry mistakes. We would like to ensure that we have your correct email, physical address, and telephone number! 

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: admissions@heifetzinstitute.org.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Good luck!

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