Adult Chamber Music Institute

Program Dates
August 16 - 23, 2022
Adult amateur musicians
Violin, Viola, Cello, Piano
Application Deadline
June 1, 2022
Application Fee
Program Tuition

Join us at Kneisel Hall in 2022!

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!

2022 dates are Tuesday, August 16 to Tuesday, August 23.

– Campus dorm check-in starts at 5pm on August 16.
– Participants may also arrive on August 17. Activities on August 17 will include optional rehearsals during the day followed by Welcome Meeting at 5pm.
– Dorm check-out is 11am on August 23.

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, 2022.

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.

Your Coaches:

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.

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

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