Manhattan in the Mountains is a rigorous, highly-personalized musical training festival for violinists, violists, cellists, and pianists, ages 13 and up. Students work under the guidance of an internationally-renowned faculty. Nestled in the Catskill Mountains two hours from New York City, the program provides a uniquely individual approach to developing musicianship.
Established in 2012, MinM offers a minimum of two private lessons and two chamber coachings per week, daily chamber music rehearsals, and three to five hours of scheduled practice time every day. Much of the focus is on developing technical instrumental skills, as well as learning ensemble playing techniques in small groups both with and without piano. These ensembles mix students with assistant faculty cellists and violists to give them the experience of working with and being directly inspired by professional players.
Weekly lectures by musicologist Dr. Jeffrey Langford on relevant music history topics, as well as workshops in the neighboring Piano Performance Museum, help round out the MinM experience. Additionally, MinM stresses the importance of bringing the joy of music to local audiences of all ages. To that end, student groups perform at various concert venues in our local community.
Get more information at http://www.manhattaninthemountains.com/.