2019 Music Mountain Amateur Week

June 25-30, 2019


Re-energize Playing Your Instrument In Good Company


Revive your love for music through chamber music performance at our serene mountaintop campus under the guidance of the Arianna String Quartet. Daily activities include rehearsals, coachings, performance class in Gordon Hall, open rehearsals, mixed faculty-student ensembles, informal reading sessions, and topic presentations. Participants will have the opportunity to perform in Gordon Hall and to attend two Music Mountain 90th Anniversary Season concerts. This program has been made possible, in part, with support from ACMP Associated Chamber Music Players.


Nick Gordon and Polo

2018 Academy students in rehearsal at the First Fiddle House

"I was inspired by your performances and it was great to have the opportunity to be coached... I definitely felt I got a lot out of working with both my groups and grew as a musician even in just the one week."


—Jonathan Fenwick, 2018
Oskar Espina-Ruiz

Arianna String Quartet

Study with the Arianna String Quartet!

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to write to Oskar Espina-Ruiz

Email: oskar@musicmountain.org


Don't miss the May 10 Deadline



Music Mountain is in Falls Village, in northwestern Connecticut, in the beautiful and serene foothills of the Berkshires. Music Mountain is America’s longest running chamber music festival. Since 1937, Music Mountain concerts have been broadcast throughout the United States and in 35 foreign countries, reaching over a million listeners each year.

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Music Mountain Amateur Week Faculty


Arianna String Quartet





Oskar Espina-Ruiz, Director


Deadline: May 10, 2019


Application Fee: $40 per student


Tuition, Room and Board:

6 days, from June 25-30, 2019: $800


Tuition and Board only (no lodging):

6 days, from June 25-30, 2019: $570




  • Chamber Music for Violin, Viola, Cello and Piano
  • Individuals, as well as pre-formed chamber ensembles may apply.
  • Study and performance (casual and/or formal) of the core chamber music repertoire.
  • Student and faculty performances, including student-faculty mixed ensembles.
  • Daily practicing, rehearsing and coaching.
  • Daily presentations and workshops.
  • Free access to Music Mountain Festival concerts (a $73-dollar value).


Application Requirements


  • Participants must be proficient in their instruments. 
  • No age restrictions (18 years old and up; the sky is the limit). 
  • Submit online application form and $40 application fee.

Student Housing and Residence Life

Student housing is provided at the Colonial Revival-style homes originally built for the four members of the Gordon String Quartet. The First Fiddle House is the central space, where all students and faculty come together for meals, sight-reading sessions and informal evening performances.

The Viola, Cello and Second Fiddle Houses provide additional rehearsal space. Concerts and master classes take place at Gordon Hall, built in 1930 at the center of the 124-acre campus. Rehearsals and coachings take place at the various houses on campus. Individual practicing takes place at some of the same spaces.

Freund's Farm Market Catering provides all meals including plenty of locally harvested foods. The Music Mountain maintenance crew provides clean linens and towels. Those on campus 24/7 include the program manager that oversees students’ residence life, and the superintendent.



Several weeks before the start of the Academy you will receive your assigned repertoire via email. We will make sure that the repertoire is assigned taking into account your proficiency level in your instrument. 



The nearest airport is Hartford Bradley (BDL), 1h 15 minutes away. The airports in NYC (JFK, LGA, EWR), are about 2.5 h away. There is a train connection from NYC to Wassaic, NY, by Metro North. We may be able to give you a ride if necessary. Please let us know weeks in advance. Check in (and lunch) is between 12-1 pm. A few weeks in advance we will email you a list of things to bring.

First Fiddle House living room.

Path to First Fiddle House.