The Northeast Chamber Music Seminar

August 6-11, 2024

Avaloch Farm Music Institute
Boscawen, NH 03303

Avaloch Farm Music Institute

The Northeast Chamber Music Seminar, formerly the Lake Placid Chamber Music Seminar, offers adult string players and pianists of all levels the opportunity to play, study and perform great chamber music literature on the beautiful, fully air-conditioned campus of Avaloch Farm Music Institute in Boscawen, NH. Participants will work with a stellar faculty in a relaxed and supportive environment, honing ensemble and instrumental skills and broadening their musical understanding.

  • A player may come as an individual or as part of a pre-formed group. Everyone will play in two groups, with one meeting every morning and the other every afternoon.
  • Ensembles will receive daily, in-depth, concentrated time with a coach and have ample time to rehearse on their own.
  • Late afternoons and evenings offer a wonderful variety of optional activities, including sight-reading, cello choir, master classes, Feldenkrais workshops, a faculty concert, the closing night Participant Concert and our celebratory afterparty.
  • Tuesday, August 6 check-in from 4pm-6pm with dinner at 6pm.
  • Sunday, August 11 brunch and check-out before noon.
Students performing

Accommodations and Meals

  • You will have a private bedroom in a large 2-bedroom suite, with a shared bathroom, kitchen, and lounge area. Your room is also adequately sound-proofed for practicing.
  • Avaloch is not only a state-of-the-art music and living facility but also renowned for its world-class chef and the delicious meals we can look forward to every day!
  • Our distinguished faculty, Avaloch’s magical setting and its spirit of camaraderie promise a rich musical experience, sure to inspire your creativity.

Cost and Registration

  • The cost of room, board and tuition is $1,780.
  • Applications are due by March 11, along with a non-refundable payment of $900. The remaining $880 will be due by April 19.
  • In the event that a Covid outbreak forces the Seminar to cancel, a full refund will be available.
  • Thanks to ACMP and the Singing Field Foundation, financial assistance will be available, based on need.
  • Because of Avaloch’s limited housing, we encourage you to apply as early as possible. Applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis and on optimal instrumental balance.

Please contact Linda Rosenthal for questions and more information.

2024 Faculty


Linda Rosenthal, Director/violin

Violinist Linda Rosenthal has performed and taught throughout North America, Europe, and Asia in recitals, as soloist with orchestras and as chamber musician. Based in Juneau, Alaska, she has performed in every corner of the State, served as Professor of Music at the University of Alaska, Founder and Artistic Director Emerita of Juneau Jazz & Classics and commissioned, recorded and premiered more than a dozen works for solo violin.

Kathleen Butler-Hopkins, violin

A violinist who has concertized in major forums in the United States and Europe, Kathleen Butler-Hopkins holds degrees from The Juilliard School and Yale University. In addition to her activities as soloist and chamber musician, she has served as concertmaster of the Fairbanks Symphony and regional orchestras along the east coast, including the Adelphi Chamber Orchestra. She is Professor Emerita at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and is currently on the faculty at William Paterson University.

Michael Emery, violin

As Distinguished Artist-in-Residence at Skidmore College, Michael Emery directs the string program and the annual Skidmore String Festival, which he initiated in 2005. He has collaborated in chamber music with many international artists, including Ruggiero Ricci, André-Michel Schub, and Emanuel Ax. He is concertmaster and frequent soloist with orchestras in New York, California, Asia, and several major European cities.

Steven Heyman, piano

Steve Heyman performs solo recitals, chamber music and concertos throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. He has won top prizes in over a dozen national and international competitions and currently serves on the faculties of Colgate University and Syracuse University where he is an associate professor and co-chair of the Keyboard Department.

Laura Klugherz, violin and viola

Laura Klugherz performs as a soloist, chamber musician, and concertmaster. She toured as soloist with the Munich Chamber Orchestra in both Europe and the U.S. As a recitalist, she has performed throughout Spain, South America, and the United States. She is Professor of Violin/ Viola and Chamber Music, and Director of the Colgate Chamber Players at Colgate University.

Jeffrey Solow, cello

Jeffrey Solow maintains a busy schedule concertizing and teaching throughout the US, Europe, Latin America, and Asia. He also writes on a variety of cellistic topics and edits music for the cello. As a chamber musician, Mr. Solow has performed at the Santa Fe, Spoleto, Sitka and Marlboro Festivals, and is currently Professor of Cello at Temple University.

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We are extremely grateful to Associated Chamber Music Players (ACMP) and to the Singing Field Foundation for their generous support.
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