APPRENTICE EDUCATION

Our program is now tuition-free!

INTRODUCING OUR 2018 APPRENTICES

JULY 15 – JULY 29, 2018

A key part of the Festival is our Apprenticeship Program, a summer residential program for students and young professionals. It is an intensive exploration of chamber music from the Classical and Romantic era on period instruments through both coachings from and collaborations with some of the world’s leading experts in early music, with an emphasis on performance.

We are delighted to present these future masters:

  • Susannah Foster, violin
  • Sarah Bleile, violin
  • Lauren Nelson, viola
  • Madeleine Bouïssou, cello
  • Christian De Luca, fortepiano

SUSANNAH FOSTER

Violinist Susannah Foster enjoys a diverse performing career on modern and historical instruments. She performs with ensembles including the Handel + Haydn Society, Boston Baroque, Les Bostonades, Emmanuel Music, Grand Harmonie, Phoenix Orchestra, and Newton Baroque, and has appeared throughout North America, Europe, and Africa under the baton of artists such as Riccardo Muti, Kurt Masur, Jaap Van Sweden, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Michael Tilson Thomas, and John Williams. She has performed extensively with the New World Symphony, and served as concertmaster of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Tanglewood Music Center, Music Academy of the West, and Northwestern University Symphony Orchestras. Susannah studied chamber music with Pamela and Claude Frank, as well as members of the Guarneri, Takacs, Juilliard, Vermeer, and Cleveland String Quartets. Her principal teachers include Almita Vamos, Kathleen Winkler, Blair Milton, and Gerardo Ribeiro, and she holds master’s and bachelor’s degrees from Northwestern University. 

SARAH BLEILE

Sarah Bleile is a violinist with the Rosa Barocca ensemble in Calgary, Alberta. She has also performed with ensembles such as Musa Baroque, Black Box Baroque and the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra.  At the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, she studied baroque violin with Elizabeth Blumenstock and modern violin with Ian Swensen, and has performed concerti of Vivaldi, Tartini and Bach with the SFCM baroque ensemble. In summer 2016 and 2017 she participated in La Petite Bande Summer Academy, led by Sigiswald Kuijken, and she has also studied at the American Bach Soloists Academy and the Berwick Academy. 


Lauren Nelson

Boston-based violist Lauren Nelson is a versatile chamber and orchestral musician who enjoys a busy career on both baroque and modern instruments. She appears regularly with period ensembles including Boston Baroque, Handel and Haydn Society, and Grand Harmonie. Additionally, she can be seen in performances with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Emmanuel Music, Odyssey Opera, and the Unitas Ensemble. She has participated in national and international festivals including Tafelmusik Winter Institute, the American Bach Soloists Academy, Baroque Performance Institute at Oberlin, the Banff Centre, Lake George Music Festival and the Prague Summer Nights Young Artists Music Festival. 

Lauren holds degrees in music performance from New England Conservatory (GD), the University of Kentucky School of Music (MM) and the Eastman School of Music (BM). Lauren has also worked with leading figures in the historical performance world, including Robert Mealy, Elizabeth Blumenstock, Julie Wedman, Patrick Jordan, Jeanne Lamon and Phoebe Carrai. 

Madeleine BOUÏSSOU

Hailed by the News Times for her “refined musicality and clear, singing tone,” cellist Madeleine Bouïssou has appeared as a soloist with numerous orchestras including Juilliard415, the Ridgefield Symphony, and the American Chamber Orchestra. Madeleine has performed in solo recitals around Europe, Asia, and the United States, where she has had the opportunity to work with noteworthy musicians such as Chung Kyung Wha, Chung Myung Wha, Philippe Muller, Jérôme Pernoo, Alain Meunier, and Liv Glaser. As an active member of the new music scene, Madeleine has toured with the London Electronic Orchestra and Kate Simko. She is currently getting her master's in baroque cello with Phoebe Carrai in the Historical Performance program at The Juilliard School, where she has previously studied with Natasha Brofsky and Minhye Clara Kim. During her studies, she has had the privilege to perform alongside Rachel Podger, Monica Huggett, and Jonathan Cohen and has played under the baton of Thomas Ades, Alan Gilbert, Nicholas McGegan, and Masaaki Suzuki.

Christian De Luca

Italian pianist Christian De Luca was born in San Giovanni Rotondo in 1993. At age 17 he made his debut with Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Umberto Giordano Conservatory orchestra, and he graduated from the Umberto Giordano Conservatory the following year. During his studies in Italy, Christian developed a strong interest in historical performance practice, as he studied fortepiano with Giuseppina De Berardinis. He has continued to pursue his interest in historical performance practice while being coached by fortepianist Audrey Axinn and harpsichordist Peter Sykes. Since autumn of 2016, Christian has been performing regularly with cellist Madeleine Bouissou, in both modern and period-instrument settings. Currently, Christian is completing his Master’s degree at The Juilliard School, where he has studied with Jerome Lowenthal, Julian Martin, and Matti Raekallio, and has also been teaching as a fellow for the Music Theory and Analysis department.

REQUIREMENTS:

You must be an advanced music student (undergraduate level and above) or young professional musician. You must be at least 18 years old, and while there is no upper age limit we envision the Apprentices to be from 18-30 years old. You do not need to have experience on period instruments - although such experience is welcome – but you must be willing to put gut strings on your instrument and tune them to A = 430, or play on the fortepianos to be provided.

THE PROGRAM INCLUDES:

  • Private coaching sessions
  • Each Apprentice will perform in two Apprentice Ensembles
  • Apprentice Ensemble coaching sessions from faculty artists
  • Apprentice Ensemble rehearsals
  • Each Apprentice will be assigned to rehearse and perform alongside faculty musicians in a Festival concert

TUITION:

The Apprenticeship program is tuition-free thanks to our generous sponsors. Housing and some meals are also provided. Each Apprentice is required to take on a few hours of volunteer work during and/or in advance of the Festival (box office work, library, scheduling, etc.).

APPLICATION:

The application includes your biography (1-2 paragraphs), your statement of interest in period instruments and historic performance, and a recording of your playing. We would like a link to your music online, or email us an mp3 file of a roughly 10-minute recording of you playing 2 pieces of Classical and/or Romantic chamber music on period or modern instruments. Two contrasting selections are encouraged. Selections should be chosen so that we can clearly hear the qualities of your own playing as well as how you collaborate with your colleagues.

Apprentices will be notified of their acceptance, as well as their assigned repertoire, by March 30, 2018. Please submit any questions to apprenticeship@valleyofthemoonmusicfestival.org.

Submit your application below. Include your name and instrument in any attachments. There is an application fee of $25, payable online via PayPal. We cannot consider you for admission without receiving the application fee.

2015 APPRENTICE LAUREATES

Augusta McKay Lodge, violin
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Chris Whitley, violin
christopherwhitleyviolin.com

Ji Young Kim, fortepiano

Kim Mai Nguyen, viola
kimmainguyen.com

Laura Gaynon, cello
lauragaynon.com

Yuehan Wang, fortepiano

2016 APPRENTICE LAUREATES

Jessica Park, violin
jessicaparkviolin.com

Isabelle Seula Lee, violin

Toma Iliev, violin and viola
tomailiev.com

Eugenio Solinas, cello
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Mike Lee, fortepiano
mikechengyulee.com

2017 APPRENTICE LAUREATES

Rachell Wong, violin

Maria Romero, violin

Andrew Gonzalez, viola

Ana Kim, cello

Jennifer Lee, piano

TUITION:

Tuition is $700 for the 2016 summer program. Some financial assistance in the form of work-study opportunities (librarian and festival driving) is available. If you are requesting financial aid, include a statement of need in your application.

APPLICATION:

The application includes your biography (1-2 paragraphs), your statement of interest in period instruments and historic performance, and a recording of your playing. We would like a link to your music online, or email us an mp3 file of a roughly 10-minute recording of you playing 2 pieces of Classical and/or Romantic chamber music on period or modern instruments. Two contrasting selections are encouraged. Selections should be chosen so that we can clearly hear the qualities of your own playing as well as how you collaborate with your colleagues.

All materials must be received by February 28, 2016. Apprentices will be notified of their acceptance, as well as their assigned repertoire, by March 15th, 2016. Please submit any questions to apprenticeship@valleyofthemoonmusicfestival.org.

Submit your application below. Include your name and instrument in any attachments. There is an application fee of $25, payable online via PayPal. We cannot consider you for admission without receiving the application fee.

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Links to your 2 performance samples (YouTube, Dropbox, Google folder, etc.) If this is not available, please send a separate email with your recordings as attachments to apprenticeship@valleyofthemoonmusicfestival.org with the subject "Name, instrument":