Adult Chamber Music Institute

2023 Dates
August 15 - 22, 2023
Adult amateur musicians
Violin, Viola, Cello, Piano
Application Deadline
June 1, 2023
Application Fee
Program Tuition

Join us at Kneisel Hall in 2023!

Life-long learners of all ages come to Kneisel Hall each summer to delve deeply into chamber music, play with others who share their passion for music, and work with our outstanding faculty. Daily coaching & rehearsals, workshops, sight-reading parties, and nightly cocktail hour make our program a memorable chamber music experience.

Adult amateur musicians are welcome to come with a performing group or a friend with whom you would like to play, or simply attend solo and find new chamber partners at Kneisel. You will spend your time at Kneisel Hall immersed in chamber music, friendship, and beautiful coastal nature. It can’t get better than that!

Applications Will Open on January 2, 2023

2023 dates are Tuesday, August 15 to Tuesday, August 22.

– Participants must arrive on campus by mid-afternoon on Tuesday, August 15. Program will commence with a Welcome Meeting at 5pm on August 15. Participants may arrive the night before; dorm check-in will be available starting 5pm on Monday, August 14. 
– Dorm check-out is 11am on August 22. 

The Week: Daily rehearsals, coachings, workshops, sight-reading parties, recitals, and discussions about music, arts, and culture. Additionally, the Kneisel Hall library offers a cornucopia of chamber music literature and recordings.

Sample Day:
7:30 – 8:30 Breakfast
9:00 – 12:00 Rehearsal and coaching
12:00 – 1:00 Lunch
1:00 – 2:30 Assigned sight-reading
2:45 – 4:15 Freelance sight-reading
4:15 – 5:15 Free time
5:15 – 6:00 Socializing on campus
6:00 – 7:00 Dinner
7:30 Attend recital, discussion, workshop, or more playing

On-campus lodging is in rustic dormitory accommodations (shared bath). Some participants choose to find their own off-campus housing. Kneisel Hall does not cover the cost of off-campus lodging.

Application fee of $100 is non-refundable and must be paid online at the time of application submission. Program tuition is $1,200 and includes on-campus lodging and meals. Tuition payment is due by July 15, 2023.

ACMI Faculty

Scott Woolweaver – ACMI director and violist, received his degrees at the University of Michigan, Boston University, and New England Conservatory. Former member of the Vaener String Trio, New England Piano Quartette, Boston Composers String Quartet, Ives Quartet. He is Artist-Affiliate at Tufts University.

Jan Pfeiffer – cellist, founder and director of the Lavazza Chamber Ensemble, plays with Boston Lyric Opera, Boston Ballet, and Rhode Island Philharmonic, frequent performer of contemporary music, former director of the Chamber Music Center at Wellesley College.

Lora Tchekoratova – Bulgarian-born pianist, received her Doctor of Musical Arts at The Juilliard School where she was a student of Seymour Lipkin. An active advocate for new music, she has premiered numerous works by American and Bulgarian composers.

Georgy Valtchev – Bulgarian-born violinist, received his degrees at The Juilliard School as a student of Dorothy DeLay. Soloist, recitalist, chamber music musician and is a member of the Mark Morris Dance Company orchestra.

Please Note: Kneisel Hall will no longer process applications sent in the mail. All applications must be submitted online through Acceptd.

If you have questions regarding eligibility, audition requirement, or other program related questions, please contact ACMI director Scott Woolweaver at

Health & Safety Protocols: All ACMI participants and faculty will be asked to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination to participate in the program. All are also required to bring proof of a negative test result on their first day. If necessary, regular testing, indoor mask-wearing, and physical distancing may be required during the program week. Health and safety protocols are subject to change, and may be relaxed or made more stringent as public health conditions evolve.

“So, Kneisel Hall, still a fairy tale image, but now, a real-life experience in making music with the best of friends.”