What are the Academy students doing this summer?

Summer Travels...Notes from abroad.

Academy Director Jim Setapen and his wife Carol just returned from a trip to Italy. Among the places they visited was the small city of Cremona, where the great violin makers Antonio Stradivari and Giuseppe Guarneri made their incomparable instruments in the early eighteenth century. At Cremona's Violin Museum there was a prominent display of a Guarneri violin owned by MIC Board of Trustee member Elliot Golub. Across the street we stopped in at a luthier (string instrument maker), of which there are many in the city. He was originally from Brazil, but had just been living in Cremona for a few months. We asked to hear some recordings of his instruments. The first was of a violinist and a guitarist. After a few measures it seemed that the hall where the recording was made looked very familiar. When we asked him to check it, he said it was Nichols Hall in Evanston. What a small world! 

Also - the food is incomparable, and the gelato worth a long walk in the heat. 

Festivals, Camps, and Family Fun

Claire Arias-Kim


June 17 - 28: Brian Lewis Young Artist Program,  Fairbanks, AK  https://www.ottawasuzukistrings.org/brian-lewis-young-artists


The BLYAP is a tuition-free opportunity for ten highly gifted violinists up to the age of eighteen to receive intense daily private instruction with Brian Lewis on Concerto repertoire and additional outstanding faculty on Sonata Literature, Technical Studies, Show Pieces, Solo Bach, and other unaccompanied repertoire. BLYAP is made possible through the generosity of the Dorothy Richard Starling Foundation.


June 29 - August 19:  Aspen Music Festival, Aspen, CO    https://www.aspenmusicfestival.com/mobile__site


The Aspen Music Festival and School is the country’s premier summer music festival, offering a combination of intensive one-on-one instruction and professional performance experience. Each student coming to Aspen steps into an extraordinary musical world of unparalleled depth and breadth. It encompasses more than 650 students, five orchestras, opera, a robust offering of chamber music studies, master classes, lectures, and more. The eight week program is celebrating its 70th season this year.



Esme Arias-Kim


June 17 - 28: Brian Lewis Young Artist Program, Fairbanks, AK  


June 27 -  August 10: Heifetz Institute of Music,  Staunton, VA https://www.heifetzinstitute.org/applynow/


The Heifetz International Music Institute is an intensive six-week summer program for gifted violin, viola, cello, and piano students held on the campus of Mary Baldwin University in Staunton, Virginia – in the heart of the beautiful Shenandoah Valley, at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Featuring world-renowned artist faculty, the Ashkenasi/Kirshbaum Chamber Music Seminar, and the unique Heifetz Performance and Communication Training, the Institute has won world recognition as one of the premiere summer programs for young artists aspiring for a professional career.



Sameer Agrawal


June 16 - July 13: Center Stage Strings at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI   http://centerstagestrings.net/


Center Stage Strings was founded by renowned violinist and U-M Professor Danielle Belen to develop the talents of serious young classical music students in the areas of solo and chamber music performance. The natural beauty of the campus surroundings and the music intertwine in this four-week long institute to create a unique summer experience.


August 3 - 10:  Chicago Chamber Music Festival at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago   https://www.chicagochambermusicfestival.com/


Chicago Chamber Music Festival at Northeastern: A one-week summer immersion program for talented young musicians in the heart of Chicago. CCMF participation gives young musicians an intensive experience that develops both their solo and chamber music playing. The superb faculty works closely with each student during the week on developing technical skills, deepening artistry and honing their performance abilities, in a non-competitive and supportive environment.


August 11: Performance at Thirsty Ears Festival, Wilson Ave between Ravenswood and Hermitage, Chicago   https://www.acmusic.org/productions/thirsty-ears-festival-2019/


ACM is proud to present the fourth annual Thirsty Ears Festival: Chicago’s only classical music street festival! For two days Wilson street between Hermitage and Ravenswood will be closed to feature seventeen stellar ensembles and soloists performing music from Beethoven to Shostakovich to Reich and everything in between on the main stage. Highlights include a special performance of our Sound of Silent Film Festival Saturday at sundown and, to close out the fest on Sunday, a performance of our original radio play 1001 Afternoons in Chicago.

August 21: Performance at Andersonville Farmer’s Market (with his sister and some of her group), Berwyn and Clark, Chicago 


Isabella Brown


June: Isabella accompanied her family to Augsburg, Germany for the Leopold Mozart International Violin Competition where her brother Joshua competed. Then, it was on to Amsterdam, Netherlands for special video project for Joshua.


July 17 - July 27:   The Thomas and Evan Cooper International Violin Competition  https://www.oberlin.edu/cooper-competition


Oberlin Conservatory of Music and The Cleveland Orchestra are proud to celebrate the tenth annual Thomas and Evon Cooper International Competition at Oberlin.  The Thomas and Evon Cooper International Competition at Oberlin, sponsored by Thomas and Evon Cooper, alternates annually between piano and violin. The program was first offered in summer 2010 for pianists, followed by a 2011 competition for violinists. Open to musicians between the ages of 13 and 18, the competition culminates in a final round at Severance Hall in Cleveland, where the top three competitors perform a full concerto with the incomparable orchestra. Beginning in 2016, overall cash prizes were increased to $40,000, including a $20,000 first prize.



Irina Casasnovas


July: Two- week Summer Violin Institute at Northwestern University 


July/August:  Home to Costa Rica before beginning school in London.




Elinor Detmer


Bowdoin Music Festival, Brunswick, ME  https://www.bowdoinfestival.org/


The Bowdoin International Music Festival is one of the world’s premiere music institutes. Founded in 1964, the Festival engages exceptional students and enthusiastic audiences through world-class education and performances. After a highly competitive admissions process, 250 students are invited to attend the Festival and study with distinguished faculty and guest artists. Audiences are invited to memorable performances by these artists and over 175 other free events such as student performances, composer lectures, masterclasses, community concerts, and family events.   



Alon Hayut


Aspen Music Festival  and School  8 weeks (in studio with Richard Aaron and Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt)

Sonya Jones

June 19 - 29:  CYSO Concert Tour of Sweden, Finland, Estonia, & Russia

Students from CYSO’s Symphony Orchestra will embark on a tour of the Baltics in June 2019, performing at world-class concert halls in some of northern Europe’s most beautiful and historic cities. With stops in Stockholm, Sweden; Tallinn, Estonia; Helsinki, Finland; and St. Petersburg, Russia, the 2019 tour will feature beautiful ferry rides across the Baltic Sea, sightseeing stops, and four professionally-produced concerts.



Kelly Kim


June 16 - July 13: Center Stage Strings at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI   http://centerstagestrings.net/


Sidney Lee


June 19 - 29:  CYSO Concert Tour of Sweden, Finland, Estonia, & Russia


June 30 - July 22:  Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival, Burlington, Vermont   https://gmcmf.org/


Framed by sweeping views of the Green Mountains and by the eastern shore of Lake Champlain, the 14th season of the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival will take place on the campus of the University of Vermont from June 24 to July 22, 2018. The 2018 Green Mountain concert series will comprise seven faculty concerts played at the UVM Recital Hall. Past series included works at the heart of the chamber repertoire, unusual pieces such as the 19th century octet of Bruch, and music by fresh compositional voices of our time such as Judith Shatin, Dan Visconti and Gabriela Lena Frank. Green Mountain also offers an opportunity for committed violin, viola, cello and piano students to dedicate themselves to four weeks of rigorous work developing their solo playing and honing their chamber music skills. Our intensive program of solo and chamber music study welcomes college, graduate and high school age musicians into an atmosphere of focused professionalism.



Katya Moeller


June 9: Red Cedar Chamber Benefit, Iowa City


Red Cedar Chamber Music brings innovative and entertaining concert projects and residency programs to broad and diverse audiences. Each season, Red Cedar Chamber Music brings nearly 100 enlightening and entertaining performances to audiences in Eastern Iowa and beyond.   Miera Kim & Carey Bostian have concertized together since 2000. In 2015 they were invited to become the directors and core ensemble of the Red Cedar Chamber Music, an organization founded in 1997.


July 1 – 10: Aspen Music Festival, Aspen, CO


July 15-20: Ysaye International Competition, Leige, Belgium


Congratulations to Katya, Category A. The 2nd edition of the Ysaye International Music Competition has attracted more than 200 participants in Violin Categories A and B and Chamber Music.

39 nationalities have been represented for violin pre-selections 2019.


July 23: Consultation with Gyorgy Pauk, Royal Academy, London


August 21: Bridgewater Grand Residence, Iowa City, IA


August 23: Dennis Gordon House Concert, Iowa City


August 27: September 8 - Brazil Tour of Avita Duo; Natal, Brasilia, Rio de Janiero, & Cabo Frio




Noelle Naito


June: Aspen Music Festival and School (first half session), Aspen, CO


July: The Thomas and Evan Cooper International Violin Competition, Oberlin, OH



Kate Nelson


July 13 -  August 2: Bowdoin International Music Festival, Brunswick, ME


August: Kate is the musical guest playing at the "Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception" for a special Mass that the Bishop of the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph is presiding over on Sunday, August 11.

Kansas City Cathedral Mass Performance, Kansas City, MO



Abigail Park


June 16 - July 13: Center Stage Strings to study with Simon James, at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI   http://centerstagestrings.net/


August family vacation to Banff National Park in Canada


Banff is a resort town in the province of Alberta, located within Banff National Park. The peaks of Mt. Rundle and Mt. Cascade, part of the Rocky Mountains, dominate its skyline. On Banff Avenue, the main thoroughfare, boutiques and restaurants mix with château-style hotels and souvenir shops. The surrounding 6,500 square kilometers of parkland are home to wildlife including elk and grizzly bears.



Mia Wimbiscus


July 14 - August 10: Orford Music Academy in Orford, Quebec. Mia will be playing in masterclasses and taking private lessons from Lawrence Lesser and Luis Claret. 



The Orford Music Festival attracts nearly 25,000 festivalgoers every summer. Its rich artistic programming features around 20 professional concerts, 60 family-friendly free activities, a high-level competition and a visual art exhibition. Sixty-five years ago, Orford Music’s founder, Gilles Lefebvre, went to Europe and saw firsthand how the love of music was helping to heal a generation torn apart by the Second World War. Inspired by the passion and commitment of the young people he met, Lefebvre was determined to provide Canadian youth with the same opportunity for inspiration, collaboration and transformation. From its modest beginnings as a summer camp, Orford Music is now an important destination for the best and brightest emerging musicians from across Canada and beyond.