The Music Mountain board of directors has made the painful decision to cancel our summer concert season and in-person education programs for the first time in 91 years due to COVID-19.

 

We are now planning a series of online masterclasses for our Academy students and the community at large. Please stay tuned for details here!

 

Music Mountain Academy

August 10-23, 2020

 

Open to Pre-Formed Ensembles, Individual Strings, Clarinet and Piano

Ages 16-30

 

Designed to Start the Year at your Best

Taking place in August, right before the beginning of the semester, the Music Mountain Academy is designed for you to start the year at your best!

 

Nick Gordon and Polo

2018 Academy master class by Paul Katz

 

"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

 

APPLICATION DEADLINE:

May 15, 2020 (no application fee)

APPLY TODAY!

For more info, please write to:

info@musicmountain.org

 

FACULTY

Oskar Espina-Ruiz and Muneko Otani, Program Directors

 

Paul Katz

Paul Katz

Cello, Cleveland Quartet; NEC Professional String Quartet Training Program Faculty

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Oskar Espina-Ruiz

Pei-Shan Lee

NEC Piano Faculty, NEC Sonata Night Director

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Oskar Espina-Ruiz

Muneko Otani

First Violin, Cassatt String Quartet; Columbia University and Williams College Faculty

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Oskar Espina-Ruiz

Ah Ling Neu

Viola, Cassatt String Quartet, former Ridge String Quartet; Columbia University and Williams College Faculty

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Oskar Espina-Ruiz

Maria Lambros

Viola, Meliora, Ridge and Mendelssohn String Quartets; Peabody Institute Faculty

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Oskar Espina-Ruiz

Elizabeth Anderson

Cello, Cassatt String Quartet, former Meliora String Quartet; former UNCG Faculty

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Oskar Espina-Ruiz

Michael Kannen

Cello, Brentano String Quartet, Apollo Piano Trio; Director of Chamber Music, Peabody Institute

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Oskar Espina-Ruiz

Oskar Espina-Ruiz

Clarinet Faculty, University of North Carolina School of the Arts; Artistic Director, Music Mountain Festival

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GUEST ARTISTS

 

Oskar Espina-Ruiz

Ulysses Quartet

Christina Bouey, Violin; Rhiannon Banerdt, Violin; Colin Brookes,Viola; Grace Ho, Cello

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Oskar Espina-Ruiz

Paul Frucht

Composer

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TUITION:

  • We are applying for grants to keep our 2020 Online Programs completely free of charge.

 

APPLICATION:

  • Submit the online application form, including links to 2 unedited videos with your performance of two contrasting works or movements, one of which needs to be Classical/Romantic. While ensembles may submit a single application form, young artists applying individually are required to submit individual applications forms.

 

APPLICATION DEADLINE:

May 15, 2020 (no application fee)

APPLY TODAY!

For more info, please write to:

info@musicmountain.org

 

Broad Curriculum:

 

• Performance Classes

 

• Topic Master Classes (Beethoven Quartets)

 

• Wellness for Performers: Movement, Relaxation and Practice Preparation

 

• Strategies for Community Connectivity Sessions

 

• Presentation by the Ulysses Quartet and composer Paul Frucht, including the performance of Frucht’s Rhapsody for string quartet (2018)

 

MUSIC MOUNTAIN HISTORY AND VISION:

 

Oskar Espina-Ruiz

Since 1930...

 

...generations of music lovers have come to Music Mountain for an exceptional music experience. Jacques Gordon, Music Mountain’s founder, was the Chicago Symphony concertmaster (1921-1930), founding first violinist of the Gordon String Quartet (1921-1948), and one of the most beloved violin teachers at Eastman School of Music from 1941 until his sudden passing in 1948, aged 49.

 

Music Mountain started out as a groundbreaking arts institution, where the Gordon String Quartet and world-class guest artists performed the music of living composers together with the old, and where young artists from around the country gathered for a rich summer chamber music experience. The Music Mountain inaugural season included works by Ravel and Turina when these were living composers, and string quartets by Shostakovich were often performed at Music Mountain soon after their composition.

The Music Mountain Academy brings forward the vision of its founder, Jacques Gordon, focusing on the richness of the Classics, while mentoring young artists and nurturing innovation in the arts.