Studying Chamber Music in the Mountain Resort of Park City, Utah

The Park City Music Festival Young Artist Institute

After 12 rewarding years, the Park City International Music Festival has discontinued its summer Young Artist Institute. Institute Director/Violist Leslie Harlow is performing full-time with the Utah Symphony, and cannot oversee the Institute at this time. Please join the Park City International Music Festival email list by clicking here.

Congratulations to the wonderful young artists who attended the Institute and have now gone on to distinguish themselves as musicians.

If you are former attendee of the Young Artist Institute, please contact us by email with an update on your musical activities and your email and mailing addresses.


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General Camp Description:

The primary emphasis of the Young Artist Institute is concentrated study on preparing chamber music for performance. Each participant works on at least two chamber works during the session. When a group completes work on one piece and performs, the players move on to another work. Players are then assigned to a new group with a new work, giving participants the opportunities to work with a number of other young artists.

Pre-formed groups who choose to come to the Young Artist Institute as a group have the choice of working together and working with others on other works, or working exclusively in their own group.

Regardless, all groups rehearse each day. Rehearsal times and locations are all coordinated by the Institute so that arranging rehearsals is not a problem.

Coaching times and locations are all also assigned and coordinated. There are four rehearsal slots each day, so individuals are able to spend time on private practice as well. Each chamber group receives 2-3 coachings per week, per piece.

Evening activities alternate between faculty or student concerts, masterclasses, or supervised sight-reading sessions. Participants also have the opportunity to arrange their own sight-reading sessions.

The Festival Orchestra, which is primarily a string chamber orchestra, meets 2 - 3 times a week to rehearse and performs at the end of the four-week session. The orchestra is made up of primarily young artists with a number of Festival Faculty members included.

This is an intense and fun program. Students received close personal attention. The faculty performs three different concert programs each week and student groups perform prior to the Faculty Concerts as well as on scheduled Young Artist Concerts. Performance opportunities and master classes are available for all players.