NEWLY EXPANDED FOR 2017!
formerly High School) Institute WEEK 1
July 31 - August 4, 2017
Senior Institute WEEK 2, August 7 - 11, 2017
Piotr Gajewski, Conductor
Apply for one or both weeks!
formerly Middle School) Institute
August 14 - 18, 2017
Victoria Gau, Conductor
*NEW* Prep Institute, August 21 - 15
for rising 4th - 6th graders
Jennifer van Petten, Conductor
National Philharmonic created the Summer String Institutes in 1998 to nurture
the skills and talents of young musicians and encourage their participation
in classical music now and throughout their lives. This summer, join National
Philharmonic principal players and other distinguished
faculty for a challenging and exciting week of chamber and orchestral music. The
Senior Institute Orchestra, led by National Philharmonic Maestro Piotr
Gajewski, has been cited by the Washington Post as a “precise and
elegant ensemble.” The Middle School Institute Orchestra, led by
National Philharmonic Associate Conductor Victoria Gau, provides the same
intense and high quality experience for younger students. While Summer
String Institute students work on ambitious repertoire to develop true
professionalism, they also enjoy camaraderie and the adventure of creating
In a day-camp arrangement, each National Philharmonic Summer String Institute
is an intensive week of orchestra rehearsals, chamber music rehearsals
and coachings, private lessons, and movement classes, culminating with
performances by the orchestra and chamber ensembles.
This year's Institutes are at Trinity Lutheran Church, 11200 Old Georgetown
Road, North Bethesda, MD 20852 (just north of Tuckerman Lane)
SAMPLE DAILY SCHEDULE - Junior and Senior Institutes
||Coached Chamber Music
||Chamber Music Practice Time
The Institutes’ schedules are filled with instruction and rehearsals
and do not allow for much practice time. Therefore, it is imperative that
students prepare assigned music ahead of time.
Coming soon - Institute details and schedule
Students are required to participate in all Institute activities, including
the following concerts for Junior and Senior Institutes:
Friday of each week:
1:30 p.m. – Informal Chamber Music Concert
7:30 p.m. – Evening Orchestra Concert
HOW TO APPLY
This year's applications will be online, available February 1 (link
will be posted here)
, conductor. Music Director & Conductor of the National Philharmonic, Gajewski
guest conducts in the USA, Canada, England, Poland, and the Czech Republic.
Awarded a Leonard Bernstein Conducting Fellowship at Tanglewood, Gajewski's
teachers have included Leonard Bernstein, Seiji Ozawa, Andre Previn, Gunther
Schuller, Gustav Meier, and Maurice Abravanel.
Victoria Gau, conductor and Institutes Director. Associate Conductor and Director of Education for the National Philharmonic,
Artistic Director and Conductor of the Capital City Symphony, Artistic
Director of the Takoma Ensemble. Youth orchestra conducting positions
have included the Akron (OH) Youth Symphony and Young Virtuosi of the
DC Youth Orchestra Program. Gau holds degrees in Viola Performance and
Conducting from the Oberlin Conservatory. She is a frequent conductor
of youth orchestra regional festivals.
Jennifer Van Petten, Conductor and Prep Institute Director. Currently conductor of the PVYO Sinfonia, Ms. Van Petten is the former
conductor of Maryland Classic Youth Orchestra’s Chamber Strings
and Young Artists Orchestra. She was a finalist in the 2010-2011 Gazette’s
“My Favorite Teacher” award. In 2005, Ms. Van Petten was the
recipient of the Nancy Dworkin Award for “Outstanding Service to
Youth” as well as a finalist for the “Agnes Meyer Teaching
Isiah Johnson, music movement class. On the dance staff at the University of Maryland, Johnson is an active
performer, composer, arranger, and piano teacher.
Lori Barnet, cello. Principal cellist and coordinator of chamber music for the National Philharmonic,
Barnet also plays with the Wolf Trap Opera Orchestra, the Contemporary
Music Forum, and teaches at George Washington University.
Katherine Budner, violin. Member of the National Philharmonic for over 15 years, Budner is a former
concertmaster of the US Air Force Symphony Orchestra and has soloed with
that group. She is a free-lance musician in the DC area and teaches privately.
Douglas Dubé, violin. Concertmaster of Baltimore Opera Orchestra and Washington Concert Opera,
Dubé also plays with the Washington Opera Orchestra, National Gallery
Orchestra, and Wolf Trap Orchestra.
Jeffery Koczela, bass. Principal bassist with the Washington Bach Consort and Alexandria Symphony.
Koczela teaches at Howard University and performs with the Washington
Opera, the Wolf Trap Orchestra, the National Symphony, and other ensembles
in the DC area.
Mark Pfannschmidt, viola/violin. Violist with the National Philharmonic and other area ensembles, Pfannschmidt
is a graduate of the Peabody Conservatory and Catholic University. He
is a former member of the US Marine Chamber Orchestra.
Judy Silverman, viola/violin. Associate Principal violist of the National Philharmonic, Silverman has
received the American String Teachers’ Association’s Teacher
of the Year award and the MCYO’s Service to Students award.
Kerry Van Laanen, cello. Cellist with the Washington Opera, Baltimore Opera, Wolf Trap Opera Orchestra,
and the National Philharmonic, Van Laanen also teaches privately in the area.
Julius Wirth, viola/violin. Principal Viola with the National Philharmonic, Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra
and the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, Wirth is a graduate of the Eastman
School of Music and the Peabody Conservatory.
2017 WEEK 1 REPERTOIRE
Holst, St. Paul's Suite
Bach, Violin Concerto in a minor
Dvorak, Serenade for Strings
SENIOR INSTITUTE 2017 WEEK 2 REPERTOIRE
JUNIOR INSTITUTE 2017 REPERTOIRE
Corelli, Concerto Grosso, Op. 6, No. 8 ("Chirstmas Concerto")
Sibelius, Andante Festivo
Holst, A Moorside Suite