NP Summer String Institutes

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New Location! Rockville Unitarian Universalist Congregation at 100 Welsh Park Drive

For application details, please click on the link for each Institute listed below

Preparatory Institute: July 27-August 31 (For rising 4th-6th grade students)
Jennifer Van Petten, conductor

Senior Institute I: August 3-7
Senior Institute II: August 10-14
(For rising 9th grade to rising college freshmen. Discounted rate for students attending both weeks)
Piotr Gajewski, conductor

Junior Institute: August 17-21
(For rising 6th-10th grade students)
Victoria Gau, 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 Junior Institute Orchestra 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 great music.

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.

Principal Faculty

Piotr Gajewski, 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
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, Mrs. 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, Mrs. 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 Award.”

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.


Preparatory Institute: $480

July 27th-August 31st

Rockville Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 100 Welsh Park Dr.

Under the direction of local youth orchestra conductor and educator, Jennifer Van Petten, rising 4th to 6th grade students will engage in a weeklong musical experience focused on developing ensemble and musical skills.
The Institute runs from 9:00 to 3:30pm daily. Aftercare is available from 3:30-5:00, Monday through Thursday at a cost of $100 for the week and must be paid in advance.

Because students are part of chamber music ensembles and an orchestra, it is important that students commit to attending the institute from 9:00-3:30 daily without without interruption.

The Preparatory Institute will culminate with informal afternoon performances on the last day of the Institute at the Rockville Unitarian Universalist Congregation.

Minimum Level Requirements: (Unedited video that include showing 5-10 minutes of recent solo repertoire. Links to video must be submitted with each application) Students should be playing at ASTA Grade 3 or Suzuki Book 3 Level and have some experience reading music.

Questions? Contact NP’s Director of Education: Phyllis Freeman, Phyllis(at)nationalphilharmonic.org

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Senior Institute: $575/week. $995 for 2 weeks

Senior I: August 3-7
Senior II: August 10-14

Piotr Gajewski, conductor

National Philharmonic created its wildly successful 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.”

 

While Summer String Institute students work on ambitious repertoire to develop true professionalism, they also enjoy camaraderie and the adventure of creating great music.

SAMPLE DAILY SCHEDULE – Senior Institute

9:00 Sectional Rehearsal
10:35 Coached Chamber Music
11:40 Private Lesson
12:45 Lunch
1:25 Movement Class
2:30 Chamber Music Practice Time
3:35 Orchestra Rehearsal
5:00 Dismissal

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.

Students must commit to attending the institute all day, everyday.
Final concerts will be held on Friday each week as follows:

1:30 p.m. – Informal Chamber Music Concert
7:00 p.m. – Evening Orchestra Concert

Minimum Level Requirements: Rising 9th – college freshmen (Students must be AT LEAST rising 9th graders) Applicant’s ability should be at or above: Violin: Bach, Concerto in A minor Viola: Sonatas by Vivaldi, Marcello Cello: Sonatas by Sammartini, Vivaldi Bass: Nos. 9-30 Thirty Etudes for String Bass by F. Simandl

Links to unedited videos that include recent solo repertoire must be submitted with each application.

Orchestral Repertoire for Senior Institute I:

  • Mozart, K137
  • Telemann, Concerto for Viola in G major
  • Elgar, Serenade
  • Foote, Suite in E Major

Orchestral Repertoire for Senior Institute II:????

Questions:  Contact NP’s Director of Education: Phyllis Freeman, Phyllis(a)NationalPhilharmonic.org

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Junior Institute: $575

July 17-21

Victoria Gau, conductor

National Philharmonic created its wildly successful 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 Junior Institute Orchestra provides an intense and high quality musical experience. While Summer String Institute students work on ambitious repertoire to develop true professionalism, they also enjoy camaraderie and the adventure of creating great music.

SAMPLE DAILY SCHEDULE – Junior Institutes

9:00 Sectional Rehearsal
10:35 Coached Chamber Music
11:40 Private Lesson
12:45 Lunch
1:25 Movement Class
2:30 Chamber Music Practice Time
3:35 Orchestra Rehearsal
5:00 Dismissal

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.

Students must commit to attending the institute all day, everyday. On Friday each week, final concerts will be held.

1:30 p.m. – Informal Chamber Music Concert
7:00 p.m. – Evening Orchestra Concert

Minimum Level Requirements: Rising 6th – 10th Grade (student must be at least rising 6th grader) Applicant’s ability must be at or above: Violin: Vivaldi, Concerto in G minor; Viola: Telemann, Concerto in G Major; Cello: Breval, Sonata in C or Vivaldi, Concerto in E minor; Bass: Nos. 1-8 Thirty Etudes for String Bass by F. Simandl. Links to unedited videos that include examples from recent solo repertoire must be submitted with each application.

Orchestral Repertoire for Junior Institute:
Handel, Concerto Grosso, Op. 6, No. 1
Grainger, Molly on the Shore
Penderecki, Three Pieces in the Old Style
McLean, Fandango

Questions?: Contact NP’s Director of Education: Phyllis Freeman, Phyllis(at)NationalPhilharmonic.org

Apply Now