Chamber Music Program

Program Dates
June 26 - August 14, 2022
7 Weeks
18+, conservatory students & early-career professionals
Violin, Viola, Cello, Piano
Young Artist Concerts
July 16, 18, 19 + August 10, 11, 13
Application Deadline
February 1, 2022
Application Fee

2022 Applications Now Open!

For seven life-changing weeks, 50 Young Artists immerse in deep study of chamber music repertoire with gifted peers and outstanding faculty. Surrounded by Maine’s beautiful coastal landscape, Kneisel Hall’s idyllic residential life enriches learning, collaboration, and community building.

Kneisel Hall accepts 21 violins, 9 violas, 14 celli, and 7 pianos for a curriculum concentrating exclusively on chamber music for strings and piano. Two sessions comprise the rigorous 7 weeks. Each Young Artist is assigned 2 ensembles each session that culminates in a series of exciting and compelling concerts.

For the Young Artists, the time spent in Maine is uninterrupted time for growth, experimentation, and collaborating with peers and coaches of the highest caliber.

The Young Artist Chamber Music Program is tuition-free thanks to full scholarships underwritten by generous donors.

Participants just pay a $200 student fee applied to room and board, and a $100 deposit refundable at the end of the summer.

2022 Faculty


  • David Bowlin
  • Ron Copes
  • Laurie Smukler
  • Axel Strauss


  • Molly Carr
  • Doris Lederer


  • Jerry Grossman
  • Gwen Krosnick
  • Joel Krosnick
  • Dmitry Kouzov
  • Barbara Mallow
  • Raman Ramakrishnan


  • Qing Jiang
  • Roberto Plano
  • Anna Polonsky
  • Gilles Vonsattel

2022 Guest Artists

  • Edward Dusinberre, Violin
  • Osvaldo Golijov, Composer
  • Ann Rodiger, Alexander Technique

Health & Safety Protocols

All Young Artist Program students, faculty, and staff are required to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination to participate in the program. All are required to bring proof of negative test result on their first day. If necessary, additional protocols such as regular testing (provided by Kneisel Hall), indoor mask-wearing and physical distancing may be required throughout the summer. Health and safety protocols are subject to change, and may be relaxed or made more stringent as public health conditions evolve.

Audition Requirement

Video recordings of two solo works (movements) of contrasting styles; these can be concerti with orchestra or piano reduction, sonatas with piano, unaccompanied Bach, contemporary or show pieces. Works that include accompaniment should be recorded with that material, plus a third work of your choice, e.g., a movement of chamber music or another movement from any of the above.

Community Engagement at Kneisel Hall

Participation in community engagement is an important requirement of the Young Artist Program. Each admitted Young Artist is assigned to one of the following engagement programs during the summer.

  • Coaching and mentoring music students in the Program for Maine Students. Arrive a week early in Maine to work with students ages 9-19. Coach student ensembles and play in student groups as needed. Lodging and meals are provided on Kneisel Hall campus.
  • Coaching and mentoring participants in the Adult Chamber Music Institute. Spend an extra week in Maine to work with adult amateur musicians. Assist faculty with coaching and work with participants on technique and musicianship. Play in participant groups as needed. Lodging and meals are provided on Kneisel Hall campus.
  • During the Young Artist Program period, plan and present a variety of community activities in the Blue Hill Peninsula, such as free concerts and workshops in libraries, senior homes, public parks, and outdoor markets. Local transportation is provided.
  • During the Young Artist Program period, work as administrative and operations coordinator for the Festival concert series, responsibilities including managing concert logistics, box office and ticketing, patron relations, and customer service. Mentorship and professional guidance provided by the Executive Director.

Through the engagement activities, the Young Artists enhance learning and growth while also giving back to the communities that help sustain the arts.

“We all get passionately absorbed. It’s exhilarating to pour your energy into these young people and have it flourish”