Retreat Program

Located in the wild and beautiful Saranac Valley of northern New York’s Adirondack Mountains, our award-winning chamber music organization was founded in 1995 to promote live performance and cultivate appreciation of fine chamber music for the hardy year-round residents of our rugged rural region.

We now offer a retreat program for music ensembles on our 370-acre farm overlooking the high peaks of the Adirondacks, where the dramatic beauty of four seasons constantly unfolds. Our intention is to provide ensembles an opportunity to work together intensely without distraction in a comfortable environment close to the beauty of nature.

We provide accommodations in our guest house (a  renovated 1840s farmhouse with a 20′ x 20′ music room with a 6′ grand piano), a full pantry tailored to the artists’ tastes, and a travel stipend. At some point during the residency, mutually convenient for both ensemble and host, the ensemble offers an event to share what they have been working on.

Professional ensembles of up to six members apply for a one- or two-week residency to work on a special project – the ensemble defines a project that can be realistically accomplished during the retreat period – such as exploring new repertoire, rehearsing programs for the upcoming touring season, breaking in new personnel, or  recording (excellent professional recording engineers are connected with our program).

Applications are accepted throughout the year on a rolling basis, and should be submitted at least eight weeks before the desired time-frame (sooner to ensure preferred dates).  Please explore our website to learn more about this new program, including ensemble eligibility, acceptable projects, and outcome expectations, and to download application guidelines. If you have questions, please contact us at hillholl@hughes.net – we can set up an appointment to talk. Thank you for your interest – we look forward to hearing from you!

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