Walnut Hill School for the Arts

Chamber Music Institute at Walnut Hill

Chamber Music Institute at Walnut Hill

Program Dates: June 21 - 27, 2020
Grades: Rising 6th - Rising 9th
Audition Fee: $35.00
Boarding Tuition: $1,725.00
Day Program Tuition: $1,160.00

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Join us at the Chamber Music Institute at Walnut Hill for an exploration of chamber music for intermediate and advanced string players and pianists. Improve your playing in a supportive environment while making friends and gaining valuable new solo and ensemble skills. The Chamber Music Institute is open to musicians entering grades 6 through 9, who may attend as a day or boarding student. 

The week long intensive program includes daily chamber music coaching in two ensembles culminating in a Saturday morning performance; a 60-minute private lesson with one of our outstanding faculty members; daily yoga classes and instruction on practice techniques through our “Power Practice Skills” Workshop.


Chamber Music Institute Director & Violinist Jennifer Elowitch is Director of Music at Walnut Hill and a 2016 recipient of the E.E. Ford Faculty Award for Exceptional Merit. She is also Co-Founder of the Portland Chamber Music Festival in Maine and served as its Artistic Director for twenty-five years. She is the Assistant Principal Second Violinist of the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra and plays often with the Boston Symphony. A noted teacher, she has served as a faculty member at the Longy School of Music, the New England Conservatory Preparatory School, and the University of New Hampshire. She has also presented workshops and masterclasses at The Boston Conservatory, Community Musicworks in Providence, New England Conservatory, Curtis Institute, and Lawrence University (WI). 

Cellist Laura Thielke is Director of Chamber Music at Walnut Hill School for the Arts. As a former member of the Artaria Quartet of Boston, she served as a faculty member at Viterbo College in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Dr. Thielke has also had extensive orchestral performing experience, having served as Principal Cello of the New American Chamber Orchestra, the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Fairfax and Maryland Symphony Orchestras. Dr. Thielke served for eight summers as Director of String Chamber Music and Cello Faculty at Boston University Tanglewood Institute. In recognition of her work with young artists, Chamber Music America awarded her the nation’s highest award for chamber music teaching, the Kay Logan Award for Excellence in Chamber Music Education, in 2002.

Pianist Jung-A Bang has appeared in prestigious concert halls across the world as a soloist and collaborative artist. As an active chamber musician, Jung-A has spent summers at the Perlman Music Program and Banff Chamber Music Residency Program with her duo, l’étoile,and performed at the Kennedy Center and in Music for Food benefits in Boston with her piano trio, Vi trio. Ms.Bang has served as staff collaborative pianist at the Banff International Music Program and the Aspen Music Festival as well as major music schools including the Juilliard School and New England Conservatory. A native of South Korea, Ms. Bang is a DMA candidate in Collaborative Piano at New England Conservatory. She is a faculty member of Walnut Hill School for the Arts and Affiliate Artist at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Yoga Teacher Sarah Whitten is a 500 hour Certified Yoga Teacher who served on the Holden Voice Faculty at Harvard University for 13 years. She has presented workshops at Boston Conservatory, New England Conservatory, Harvard University, Swarthmore, Wheaton College, Walnut Hill School for the Arts, Rivers School Conservatory, and South Shore Conservatory.


The audition process for admission to the Chamber Music Institute at Walnut Hill is completed through Slideroom. Please submit a video recording of one solo piece or movement of your choice. An accompaniment is not required for the video and recording at home on your phone or other device is fine for audition purposes.