Winterhaven is an intensive chamber music retreat for adults that takes place at the luxurious facilities of Avaloch Farm Music Institute, in Boscawen, NH. With spacious private rooms for all participants, large rehearsal studios each with a grand piano, and a serene, peaceful landscape, Avaloch provides an idyllic setting for music-making and relaxing. Chef Judith Kalish, from Newton, MA, joins us this year to prepare three meals a day from the finest locally-sourced ingredients. Winterhaven's faculty play alongside participants and create an encouraging, supportive environment in which to explore and enjoy making music together.
January 9-January 15, 2022
16 Hardy Ln
Boscawen, NH 03303
The retreat is open to adult chamber players of intermediate to advanced level on violin, viola, cello, and piano; pre-formed groups are welcome. Winterhaven focuses on in-depth chamber music study, with intensive coaching and private lessons from faculty who are all active chamber music professionals. Emilie-Anne Gendron, violin and viola, will join the Bardin-Niskala Duo as faculty for the 2022 season.
Each participant will play in two chamber ensembles. One ensemble will be composed entirely of workshop participants, while the other ensemble will include one faculty member who plays as part of the group. Participants will receive their assigned chamber movements prior to arriving at the workshop, and ensembles will remain together for the full week. In addition to daily chamber music coachings, each participant will receive two private lessons during the retreat. Participants may choose to bring a solo work to their lessons, or they may choose to use these lessons to work more in detail on their chamber music parts.
Winterhaven fosters a supportive community for all, where participants and faculty work together formally and informally. Meals are serve family-style, encouraging conversation and sharing, and days include ensemble coachings and lessons, as well as sight-reading parties, informal ensemble performances by participants, an open rehearsal by the faculty, and a faculty chamber music recital. Participants are encourage to relax in the evenings, either in the privacy of their suites or socializing in the common areas and great hall.
Surrounded by open fields, hiking trails (x-country ski trails, and snow-shoe trails), and with a large lake on the property, Avaloch Farm is located 10 miles to the north of Concord and 75 miles north of Boston. The nearest airports are in Manchester (40 minutes away) and Boston (less than 1-1/2 hours). Address: 16 Hardy Ln, Boscawen, NH 03303
Participants are housed in private rooms in welcoming, immaculate, 2-bedroom suites with shared bathroom and kitchenette (includes mini fridge, microwave and coffee maker) in-suite. Each bedroom is equipped with a double bed, wardrobe, and desk, and is spacious enough for individual practice. Linens and locally-made soap are provided. Laundry is available on-site.
The studios include a sitting area as well as ample rehearsal space. Each studio has a grand piano and music stands. Built with acoustics for live instrumentation in mind, the open barn-style great hall serves as the dining hall, and the main performing and gathering space. The vaulted ceilings with beautiful warm wooden beams amplify sound naturally, creating a warmly inviting place to play and to listen to music. A ping-pong room, fitness room, and pool table are available for use by all participants.
Meals are chances to enjoy relaxed conversations and to forge new friendships. Chef Judith Kalish sources all her creations from fresh, local ingredients, and meals are served family-style in the great hall. Gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan and other allergy-sensitive options are available.
Too tight from too much sitting and playing? On-site licensed massage therapists, Mickey Barr and Hannah Landes are available for individual fully-clothed Thai massage sessions at the rate of $100/hr.
Violinist Emilie-Anne Gendron, lauded by the New York Times as a “brilliant soloist" and by Strad Magazine for her “marvellous and lyrical playing,” enjoys a dynamic freelance career based in New York City. Ms. Gendron appears on the rosters of the Marlboro Music Festival and the touring Musicians From Marlboro, as well as acclaimed groups such as A Far Cry, Argento Chamber Ensemble, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Ensemble Échappé, Gamut Bach Ensemble, IRIS Orchestra (as one of its concertmasters), Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Talea Ensemble, and Sejong Soloists. A deeply committed chamber musician, Ms. Gendron is a longtime member of the Momenta Quartet, whose vision encompasses contemporary music of all backgrounds alongside great music from the past, and who have most recently served as Bates College’s Artists-in-Residence in Music. Other regular collaborations include the Toomai String Quintet, specializing in innovative educational outreach and community engagement; the Melody and Company chamber series with pianist Melody Fader; the Arbor Music Series with pianist Lenore Davis; and the longstanding G-Sharp Duo, founded with pianist Yelena Grinberg in 2003.
Judith Kalish, a West Newton MA resident, loves nothing more than preparing beautiful meals from fresh ingredients for friends and family. A graduate of The New England Culinary Institute, she has been working in the Boston restaurant scene since the early 1990s. Judith worked as a cook at Hamersley’s Bistro for eight years and later served as the founding chef of Orleans in Somerville. She has also served as manager of prepared foods for Whole Foods Market, and most recently as manager of prepared foods at Foodie’s Urban Market in the South End. She currently runs Judith's Kitchen in West Newton, MA. Judith is the daughter of acclaimed pianist Gilbert Kalish.
January 9th-January 15th. Check-in 4 PM Sunday, January 9th; dinner served at 6 PM. Check out 10 AM Saturday, January 15th
Tuition includes 6 nights lodging at Avaloch (private room), all meals, chamber coachings, lessons, faculty open rehearsal and faculty performance: $1950
1. Please complete the application (Fillable PDF) below.
2. Please submit a short video of two contrasting selections (minimum length 3 minutes each; sections of longer movements are fine). Selections may be solo or chamber repertoire. To submit a video, either send a youtube link of your private video, or share the video via dropbox or google drive with email@example.com.
3. Application fee of $50 (ACMP members: Application fee $25) payable online (payment button below)
DEADLINE: December 10th
Participants will be notified of acceptance by the 15th of December. To reserve your spot, tuition is due within one week of acceptance.
Please note that the retreat requires a minimum of six participants. Should the minimum number of participants not be reached, accepted participants will be notified by December 27th and tuition will be refunded.
To attend, participants must show proof of full vaccination and proof of negative PCR COVID test taken within 72 hrs prior to arrival. Winterhaven reserves the right to cancel the 2022 retreat due to COVID.