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August 7-17, 2017
Applications now being accepted
Scholarships Available


For the eighth year, an international group of violinists, violists, cellists and pianists will converge for intensive instrumental study and chamber music coaching with distinguished faculty. Overlooking Lake Myosotis and the Catskill mountains on a 100-acre historic country estate in Rensselaerville, NY, the Carey Institute for Global Good offers a breathtaking setting. Surrounded by the majesty, beauty and poetry of the Helderberg Mountains and the Hudson Valley region of New York state, the High Peaks Residency has evolved into a training program designed to imbue players with new ideas and approaches, inspiration, and tools for technical advancement. There is a robust schedule of private and instrumental lessons, coachings and master classes, led by eminent faculty members. Students prepare pre-selected chamber music works, with numerous opportunities to play in public performances. For recreation, you can take a guided hike in the mountains, see the sites cherished by the 19th century painters, and then attend a discussion about how all of this relates to the music of the time!

The Carey Institute has developed outstanding facilities and resources for the arts in this mountain setting. Participants are housed in lovely accommodations, share three meals a day at the Carriage House restaurant and have access to seminar rooms and the high occupancy performance hall. We will continue our chamber music component of coachings (sonatas, piano trios and quartets, string quartets and quintets, cello chorus) with some of today's most esteemed artists and teachers including pianist Michael Chertock (CCM); violinists Irina Muresanu (Boston Conservatory and University of Maryland) and Peter Zazofsky (Boston University); violists Michael Strauss (Oberlin) and Pierre Henri Xuereb (Paris Conservatoire); and cellists Yehuda Hanani (CCM), Alexander Baillie (Birmingham Conservatoire, UK and Bremen Hochschule, Germany), and DoYeon Kim (CCM) as well as Baroque specialists Paul Dwyer (Acronym, Chicago Lyric Opera) and Adriane Post (Apollo’s Fire and Handel and Haydn Society); and collaborative piano faculty Mikael Darmanie (SUNY Stony Brook) and Miki Sawada. New this year is an opportunity for mandolin players to work with Vincent Beer-Demander (Royal Conservatory Liège). This will be an outstanding group of committed instrumentalists, and we manage to have a lot of fun as we delve deeper into the music and advance technically. “Music with Altitude” is the leitmotif weaving through the festival spirit and activities—cross-cultural events that provide a natural high on music, nature and the arts for students, faculty and audiences.

The intimate scale but highest level of presentations and participants give us all a chance to explore the wonders of music anew!

Application | Instructor Bios


DEADLINE: Application due date
extended to March 30, 2017
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Students Comment on Their High Peaks Experience:
"It would be impossible to appraise the value of the time I spent there. The artist faculty provided direct access to centuries of the pinnacle of musical knowledge, which had allowed me to broaden my expressive range and artistic comprehension. Having so many opportunities to play publicly has dramatically shaped my understanding of performance, and has shaped me into a more engaging artist. And as if the wealth of knowledge provided by the faculty weren’t enough, the campus itself provided an atmosphere that lent itself to artistic fruition. I honestly believe that music is best studied in a beautiful environment; it does half the work for us. There is something in it that instructs us, a force that constructs a melody right before your eyes.
-- Jameel Martin, Candidate for MA, Viola,
The Juilliard School; Receipient of the
2016 Jerome Wright Scholarship
"Spending over a week learning from top musicians is an incredible experience. To do that in an environment where students help each other grow as well is extraordinary and to have all of this take place in the beauty of the Catskills is breathtaking!"
--Christian Schrock, cellist


"We are thrilled to again welcome Yehuda Hanani and the talented young artists who come from around the world to study with him and with his faculty colleagues as part of the Catskills High Peaks Festival. We have a full calendar of concerts, literary lectures, films, and master classes and look forward to welcoming you to all of these events."
Gareth Crawford, President
Carey Institute for Global Good.

For information contact:
Pamela Dreyfus Smith
at 800-843-0778.

“As an educational institution, our mission is to infuse students over a relatively short period with love and enthusiasm for their chosen vocation and with an appreciation of past traditions and a spirit of adventure and discovery.”

Yehuda Hanani, Artistic Director
Catskill High Peaks Festival

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Catskill High Peaks Festival   PO Box 34  Great Barrington, MA  01230 
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