The Waterville Valley Music Center (WVMC) is returning to Waterville Valley this summer. The non-profit cultural and educational organization is staffed by well-known international musicians and experienced musical pedagogues. Established in 1996 through the efforts of President and Artistic Directors David Segal, Hanna Lachert, and Yuval Waldman, WVMC was created to offer classical music at its highest level and provide cultural enrichment to Waterville Valley-region residents and visitors through a series of concerts and recitals. Over the years, a summer educational program for young string players was instituted and a conductors workshop was added in 2007.
Under the artistic direction of Hanna Lachert and Yuval Waldman, the Chamber Music Festival is a two week program (Sunday, July 29–Sunday, August 12) for string players ages 10-23 of varying levels focusing on the development of chamber music skills. Students come from all over the United States, France, Japan, Korea, and Taiwan.
A typical day starts with a three-hour session that focuses on musical interpretation and the development of chamber music skills. After a lunch break, students have another two hours of classes followed by free time to take advantage of the numerous recreational opportunities in Waterville Valley – from swimming and boating to hiking, biking and ice skating. In the evenings there are workshops, orchestra rehearsals, lectures and concerts. Participants are offered performance opportunities at these concerts.
This summer students can also opt to audition (at the time of registration) for a Sonata Workshop. Those accepted to the Sonata Workshop Program will replace part of their regular chamber music assignment with a Sonata, and through masterclass-style individual instruction and private coaching and rehearsals with WVMC staff accompanists, will study the art of chamber music for solo instrument and piano. The program concludes with a performance.
(concerts held at the Northstar Inn, Waterville Valley)
Faculty Welcome Concert
Sunday, July 29, 7:30 pm
Student Solo Showcase
Tuesday, July 31, 7:30 pm
Sonata Workshop Participant’s Performance
Thursday, August 9, 7:30 pm
Faculty Chamber Music Recital
Friday, August 10, 7:30pm
Student Chamber Music Concert(s)
Saturday, August 6, Time(s) TBA
(dates and times subject to change)
The WVMC Conducting Masterclass, led by renowned conducting pedagogue Maestro Kenneth Kiesler, is a week-long program (Sunday, July 22–Saturday evening, July 28) for advanced conductors looking to solidify technique and learn how to better convey their musical ideas with a professional orchestra. The class is limited to just 12 participants, which means each individual has the opportunity to work closely with Maestro Kiesler and enjoy ample podium time.
This year Maestro will focus on a strings-only repertoire to be selected from the following works:
Vaughan-Williams – Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis
Tchaikowsky – Serenade for Strings Op. 48
Boccherini – Night Music of the Streets of Madrid
Barber – Adagio for Strings
Bach, J.S. – Orchestral Suite #2 in b (with flute)
The WVMC Orchestra is comprised of young professionals from around the United States. Many of the orchestra members perform as regular members of, or substitute with, major orchestras around the country, including the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Boston Symphony, Albany Symphony, Virginia Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, Seattle Symphony, and others.
Learn more about the Waterville Valley Music Center online or call (646) 535-9862.