Ravinia's Steans Music Institute

Program for Piano and Strings | June 22—July 25, 2020

Steans Piano and Strings Program Header Program Overview Application and Audition Requirements Private Lessons and Chamber Music Participation Facility Faculty and Fellows


Program Overview

Ravinia's Steans Music Institute is a unique summer program for young professional musicians that focuses upon interpretation and performance. With enrollment limited to 35 violinists, violists, cellists, pianists, and members of pre-existing chamber groups, young artists find an intimate, collegial atmosphere as they work with each other and meet with a distinguished international faculty for private coaching, chamber music and master classes. Together they search for ways to approach and perform works selected from a broad repertoire. Ravinia's Steans Music Institute fosters a supportive, non-competitive environment for study and performance, with participants from around the world creating a distinctive international community.

Miriam Fried, Program Director

Chamber music with Miriam Fried

Application and Audition Requirements

Piano and Strings Program 2020: June 22-July 25

Applications for RSMI’s Program for Piano and Strings 2020 are now open! Apply Now through Acceptd

    • Apply online here.
    • The deadline for 2019 applications is Friday January 31, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. CST.
    • We will notify applicants of our admissions decision by email in mid-March.
    • Application fee: $80

Violinists

Be sure to offer selections of contrasting character. Unaccompanied recordings will not be accepted unless the piece was written to be unaccompanied.

  1. Two contrasting movements from a work from the Classical era. Contrasting movements from a concerto by Mozart or Beethoven, preferably performed with orchestra, will be acceptable.
  2. Two contrasting movements from a work from the Romantic era. No concertos will be accepted for this requirement.
  3. A piece of your choice. You may use a movement from a chamber work only if you are playing first violin.

Violists

Be sure to offer selections of contrasting character. No chamber music will be accepted. Unaccompanied recordings will not be accepted unless the piece was written to be unaccompanied.

  1. Two contrasting movements from a work from the Classical or Baroque era or a suitable substitute. Concertos by Stamitz, Telemann, or Hoffmeister will be accepted.
  2. Two contrasting movements from a work from the Romantic era.
  3. A piece of your choice.

Cellists

Be sure to offer selections of contrasting character. No chamber music, concertos, or other works with orchestra will be accepted except as noted. Unaccompanied recordings will not be accepted unless the piece was written to be unaccompanied.

  1. Two contrasting movements from a work from the Classical era. Movements from a Haydn concerto will be accepted.
  2. Two contrasting movements from a work from the Romantic era.
  3. A piece of your choice.

Pianists

Be sure to offer selections of contrasting character.

  1. Two contrasting movements from a sonata by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, or Schubert. Two contrasting movements from a concerto by Mozart or Beethoven will be an acceptable substitute only if accompanied by full orchestra.
  2. Two contrasting movements from a work from the Romantic era.
  3. A piece of your choice. This may be a movement from a chamber work or a sonata with another instrument.

Ensembles

Be sure to offer selections of contrasting character. Ensembles need only submit one application and pay one application fee for the group.

  1. Two contrasting movements from a work from the Classical era.
  2. Two contrasting movements from a work from the Romantic era, preferably by Schubert, Schumann, or Brahms.
  3. A piece of your choice.

Email steansmusicinstitute@ravinia.org with any questions or concerns.


Private Lessons and Chamber Music

Since the focus of concentration is music and its interpretation rather than instrumental study, young artists are coached by various members of the faculty. Participants may work on one piece with a piano faculty member and on another with a string coach, thus addressing broad musical issues rather than only the resources of their own instrument. Each participant (individual or ensemble) is able to have several coaching sessions per week. Besides these private lessons, Ravinia's Steans Music Institute members get together with the faculty for master classes and other informal meetings at which various aspects of the repertoire are discussed.

Individual instrumentalists are placed in groups for the study and performance of chamber compositions during the summer. Faculty members participate in the chamber music program as well, so that most participants play in one ensemble with a faculty member. Pianists accepted into the program also work with individual string players on sonatas and with each other, playing duets and works for two pianos. Established ensembles accepted by Ravinia's Steans Music Institute work together for the entire session but are joined by other musicians for the study of at least one composition for a larger group. In addition, informal reading sessions with faculty members take place throughout the five weeks.

Coaching with Martha Strongin Katz

Participation

Ravinia's Steans Music Institute is open to young instrumentalists between the ages of 17 and 30. Individuals (violin, viola, cello, piano) and chamber ensembles are invited to apply. Chamber ensembles may be of three or more instruments, either all strings or strings and piano. Ensemble members may apply both as individuals and with their ensemble, but they will only be able to attend as one or the other.

Everyone accepted for the program receives a full fellowship covering all Ravinia's Steans Music Institute activities, dormitory housing, most meals, and inter-campus transportation. The only cost to participants is transportation to and from Chicago. All participants must attend for the full five weeks.

The Facility

Ravinia's Steans Music Institute is located on the grounds of the Ravinia Festival in the John D. Harza Building. All performances take place in the intimate, 450-seat Bennett Gordon Hall, which has been praised as an acoustical gem by audiences and performers alike. The Harza Building also holds teaching studios, practice rooms, a library containing the most authoritative editions of the music performed at Ravinia's Steans Music Institute, and an audio/video control room furnished with high-quality equipment for the recording of all events in Bennett Gordon Hall. The recordings are immediately available for study and review after concerts and classes.

Ravinia Festival Activities

Ravinia Festival is located on Chicago’s North Shore and runs each year from late May through early September. All Ravinia events are open to Ravinia's Steans Music Institute participants.These include outdoor concerts in the pavilion by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, often joined by distinguished soloists, and solo and chamber recitals in Ravinia’s Martin Theatre. RSMI’s programming include concert and master class opportunities, outings to the city of Chicago, social activities with alumni and colleagues, and access to Ravinia Festival’s diverse and unique summer concert line up.


Atar Arad, viola
Paul Biss, violin & viola
Timothy Eddy, cello
Pamela Frank, violin
Miriam Fried, Program Director and violin
Alon Goldstein, piano
Frans Helmerson, cello
Gary Hoffman, cello
Joseph Kalichstein, piano
Gilbert Kalish, piano
Kim Kashkashian, viola
Martha Katz, viola
Ralph Kirshbaum, cello
Laurence Lesser, cello
Mihaela Martin, violin
Anton Nel, piano
Howard Nelson, physical therapy
Ayano Ninomiya, violin
Christoph Richter, cello
Uri Vardi, Feldenkrais Method
Hagit Vardi, Feldenkrais Method
Dénes Varjon, piano
Donald Weilerstein, violin

 

Xiaohui Yang
Joe Liccardo
Lindsay Garritson

Fellows will be announced in early March 2020