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Adult Summer Chamber Music Institute

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Dates: Thursday, July 12-Sunday, July 15, 2018

Note: Registration for 2018 is now closed

About the Adult Summer Chamber Music Institute

Adult string players at all levels are invited to the Blair School for four days of making music in chamber groups. Players at all skill levels are welcome. Groups will be formed based on background and experience. Daily events will include plenary sessions on technique, reading sessions, and master classes. There will be coaching and chamber group rehearsal sessions, a faculty recital, and final celebratory concert.

Give yourself the gift of music this summer, and spend four days immersed in making music with peers!

Cost: $475 per participant

Housing: We are happy to provide referrals to area hotels and/or conference centers.

Location: All events will be held at the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University, 2400 Blakemore Ave., Nashville, Tenn., 37212.

How to apply: Download and fill out the PDF application or register online. The form includes a few questions that will help us place you in a chamber music group appropriate to your experience and performance level.

For more information: Email Associate Dean Pam Schneller.

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“I am so grateful for the opportunity to have participated in the first Blair Chamber Music Institute for adults! This allowed me to relive the days of intense study of chamber music with friendly musicians and talented coaches. It was an incredibly rewarding, restorative, and rejuvenating experience.” — Alex MacKay

Our faculty

Stephen MiahkyStephen Miahky, violin

Miahky is Joseph Joachim Professor of Violin at Vanderbilt and first violinist of the Blair String Quartet. He has garnered acclaim for his performances as a recitalist and chamber musician throughout North America and Europe. Miahky spends much of the summer as a resident artist at the Walla Walla (Washington) Chamber Music Festival and teaching at the Montecito International Music Festival in Riverside, California.



Jessica BlackwellJessica Blackwell, violin

Blackwell is adjunct artist teacher of violin at Vanderbilt, concertmaster for the Gateway Chamber Orchestra and the Nashville Philharmonic, and violinist in the Nashville Symphony. Passionate about music education, Blackwell is active in the Nashville Symphony's Community Engagement programs.



Christina McGannChristina McGann, viola

Adjunct artist teacher of violin and concertmaster of the Nashville Opera, McGann has been a featured performer at the Kennedy Center and various venues throughout the U.S, Europe, Asia and South America. An avid educator, McGann began her teaching career as a Juilliard Morse Fellow, a program that takes Juilliard student educators into public school classrooms on a weekly basis.



Kirsten Cassel GreerKirsten Cassel Greer, cello

Cassel Greer teaches Suzuki and precollege cello. She performs regularly with The Atlantic Ensemble both nationally and internationally, and frequently with the Nashville Symphony. Committed to teaching the next generation of musicians, she has completed extensive Suzuki pedagogy studies with the finest educators in the field. She lives in Nashville with her husband, Michael, son, Sammy, and two dogs, Charlie and Milou.