Frequently Asked Questions

Looking ahead to Green Mountain 2018

How many students will be at Green Mountain, and what is the age range? Is the program different depending on the age of the student?

We had 186 students at the festival in 2017. Typically, approximately two-thirds of our students are in college or graduate school, a sizeable group of students are high school age, and several are aged 12 or 13. The program is the same for all students, consisting of morning practice hours, afternoon chamber music rehearsals, six private lessons, six chamber music coachings, evening concerts and outreach performance opportunities. Chamber music ensembles are formed with attention to age as well as playing level. Performance opportunities are equally available to students and ensembles at all age levels.

 

Where will I be living during the festival? Will I have a roommate?

All students will be housed in the Wing/Davis/Wilks dorm complex on the University of Vermont 's Redstone Campus. There is air conditioning in the common areas, but not the sleeping rooms, so a fan is very good to have, even a small one.

Students will be grouped by age and gender in several halls, with resident assistants placed throughout and close to the under-18 students. Shared bathroom facilities are available on each floor.

Students are housed one to a room, even though many rooms are set up with two sets of furniture (beds, desks, chairs, closets). String players will be practicing in their dorm rooms; each piano student will be assigned a practice room for their use.

 

Is there a curfew (time when students must be on their dorm floor/in their rooms)?

Yes. Students are busy at Green Mountain and we want to be sure that everyone stays well-rested and healthy during their time at the festival. Quiet hours are enforced throughout the dorm starting at 10:30 PM each night (except Saturday—11:30 PM) and lasting until 7:00 AM the following morning, with no exceptions.

Under-18 students are required to be in their rooms by 10:30 pm Sunday through Friday, and by 11:30 pm on Saturday. 

For students 18 and over it is suggested to be in their rooms by 11:30 Sunday through Friday, and by 12:30 am on Saturday.

 

What are the meals like? What if I have special dietary needs? 

Three meals per day are available at Redstone Unlimited Dining, newly renovated and right next door to the dormitory.  Dining services at UVM are operated by Sodexo, and have many options, including vegetarian and vegan choices at each meal, allergen-free zones for those with nut allergies or gluten intolerance, and plenty of healthy choices. Visit University Dining Services to learn more; you may contact Barbara Lawrence with specific questions.

 

May parents visit during the festival? May relatives or friends visit?

Parents are welcome to visit campus and attend concerts (Emerging Artists concerts are free; tickets for Faculty Artist Series concerts are $25, and free for students with valid ID). Parents who wish to visit a festival student must check in with the Resident Director. If parents plan to take their child off-campus, please be sure the student signs out according to our normal rule.

Any other visitors are free to visit campus, but will only be allowed into the dorms if approved by Resident Director (if student is under 18, parents must also have given specific permission in advance). Likewise, parents must give specific permission in advance if other visitors wish to take an under-18 student off-campus.

No visitors, including parents and siblings, are allowed to stay overnight in the dorm, according to UVM rules.

 

Can I keep a car on campus?

Yes; if you bring a car, you will be able to park it in one of the lots adjacent to the dorm complex. You will need to obtain a parking pass on the first business day and display the pass on your dashboard. There is no fee for the pass, but without it you will be ticketed. (We will remind car owners once and explain where the UVM Parking Office is, but it will be your responsibility to get the pass.)

 

What should I bring?

Bedding (for extra-long twin mattress) and pillow—no linen service provided
Towels
Fan (the resident staff will make shopping trips available in the first few days for students to purchase fans and other needs)
Clothing for all types of weather (it may be hot or cold or rainy)
Rain jacket and umbrella
Performance clothing (more information below)
Bathing suit, sunscreen, sunglasses
Athletic shoes/clothing (for weekend activities)
Toiletries and tote
Medications (please list on your Medical Treatment Authorization form)
Laundry items (bag, detergent)
Alarm clock
Music stand, pencils, metronome, tuners, strings
Piano part for any music you might wish to perform (original is best)
Recording device (if you wish to record lessons or chamber rehearsals)
Cash or debit card for miscellaneous spending

 

Can I access the Internet?

Wireless internet is available throughout the dorm. You will be given your own UVM guest internet access account.

 

Can I have a refrigerator and/or microwave in my dorm room?

Students may bring a small refrigerator and/or microwave. Alternatively, the UVM Bookstore will rent a 'micro/fridge' (refrigerator and microwave combo) for $90. To set up a rental, download the rental agreement, fill it out, and email to Brendan Andrews (bandrews@uvm.edu). The campus address is Wing/Davis/Wilks, program dates may be given as 6/25 - 7/20, and the Bill To section is for the cardholder's information. You will be called to obtain your credit card number for payment, or you may call 802-656-1448 to make the payment. The micro/fridge will be delivered to the student's room on Monday 6/25, and will be picked up again on Friday 7/20.

 

How can I do laundry while at the Festival?

Laundry facilities are available on each floor of the dormitory.  Use of machines is free, activated by your UVM swipe card. You will need to provide detergent.

 

Is there anything I may not have in my room?

Alcohol, illegal drugs, and drug paraphernalia are not permitted in UVM dorms at any time, even if you are 21 years of age or older. GMCMF policy is immediate dismissal, without refund, for possessing or drinking alcoholic beverages on campus or while participating in GMCMF-sponsored off-campus trips (even if student is 21 years of age or above), selling or furnishing alcohol to a minor, or using illicit drugs at any timeUVM policies also prohibit candles, incense, and flammable items and high-wattage electrical devices.

 

Who takes care of my room?

You do! Housekeeping is provided only for common areas and the hall bathrooms. Recycling and trash disposal is well provided for in each hall. We expect any damage or maintenance issues to be reported promptly to GMCMF resident staff. UVM has been very happy with the care and respect shown by students to their maintenance staff and the building, and we would like to keep that positive reputation.

 

What should I bring to wear for concerts?

There are no specific requirements for what should be worn by student performers, beyond an expectation that all dress nicely, if not formally. A colorful dress or a white blouse with black pants or skirt for women, a white shirt, tie and jacket, or a black shirt and pants for men are typical. We suggest that every student bring an all-black outfit and one black below/white on top outfit, as chamber ensembles may decide to coordinate their dress.

For concert attendance, especially Faculty Artist Series concerts, which many of our sponsors and donors attend, please dress neatly.

 

How do students get information they need while at the festival?

Our resident staff maintains an office in the lobby of the dorm complex; all students and families will be given contact phone numbers they may use.

Each student will be scheduled for six lessons, and each chamber ensemble will be scheduled for six coachings. By late Sunday evening of each week, students should be able to view their teacher's and coach's schedules to find scheduled times and locations for the coming week.

Updated bulletin boards are maintained in two locations: in the dorm lobby, and in the lobby of the UVM Music Building. Faculty teaching schedules and locations, a sign-out list for those leaving campus, blank forms needed to request a pianist or an opportunity to perform, information about shopping or recreational trips, and general information needed by students will be available on the dorm bulletin board. Faculty teaching schedules are duplicated on the Music Building bulletin board, and are also sent to students by email.

 

How will I get mail while at the festival?

GMCMF staff will deliver mail to students’ rooms each afternoon Monday through Saturday. If the student receives a package, it will be kept in the festival office (in the dorm) and a notice will be delivered to the student’s room.

Please use the following address—and only this address—for receiving mail and/or packages:

[Your name]
Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival (be sure to include this)
Box 22
85 South Prospect St.
Burlington, VT 05405

 

85 South Prospect Street is a large administrative building which houses the mail services, so this address is not a post office box. Please use this address for any form of U.S. Mail as well as for UPS, FedEx, or other package services. Some students and/or parents have attempted to speed shipping by giving the street address of the dormitories, which they found online. However, this address is not familiar to the delivery services, and packages often take longer to reach the student, or are even returned to the sender without our knowing.

Packages routinely take an extra day after their initial arrival at the UVM mail center to be delivered to our group; if tracking a delivery shows that it has been received, one more day will probably be required to get it to GMCMF and the student. 

If you wish to send yourself a package to reduce your luggage, please arrange for it to arrive no earlier than Wednesday, June 24.

 

How can I send outgoing mail?

There is a full-service post office in the Davis Student Center, 15 minutes’ walk from the dorm or dining hall. In addition, there is an summer service desk 10 minutes walk from the dorm which sells stamps and takes outgoing mail.  

 

Are there athletic facilities available?

If students wish to use facilities at UVM’s Patrick-Forbush-Gutterson Athletic Complex (very near), they may do so at the cost of $8 per day, $35 for a 5-visit punch pass, or $125 for a 20-visit punch pass. Festival students often organize informal running groups, soccer and Frisbee games.

 

Is smoking allowed on campus?

UVM is a completely tobacco-free campus. UVM prohibits all tobacco use on all University-owned or leased property: no smoking, no e-cigarettes, no tobacco chewing anywhere on campus, inside or outside. There will be no designated smoking areas on campus, including parking lots or in cars. 

 

What if I need medical care?

It is vitally important that each student submits a Medical Treatment Authorization form before coming to Green Mountain. Medical personnel need a parent's or legal guardian's permission before giving treament to students who are under 18 years of age. For all students, we need to have basic information about a student's medical history and any medications currently taken, in case of emergency. Students will manage their own medication unless the student and/or parent would like to request the resident staff to be involved. An excellent clinic is nearby, which takes walk-in patients and charges moderately; we will drive students who need to be seen by a doctor. For emergencies, anyone present should call 911 as well as notifying the Resident Director.

 

What kind of security does the dorm have?

Each student is issued a room key and a key card. The outside doors to the dorm complex are locked after 6 p.m. and require a key card that each student will have to access the dorm. Each individual dorm is locked at all times and requires a keycard. Each dorm room has a dead bolt and an automatic closer. If a student accidentally locks him/herself out, there is a service desk they may contact, and a UVM staff person will confirm their identity and come unlock the room.

 

How safe is the campus and town?

The UVM campus is a reasonably safe place, as is the neighborhood between the campus and downtown Burlington. We ask all students to walk in pairs or groups, especially off-campus. If leaving campus, students of all ages must sign out on a list in the dorm lobby with their destination and time of leaving/returning. There is a Campus Police force that patrols 24 hours a day.

 

Should parents give their under-18 student permission to leave campus?

Downtown Burlington is 1.4 miles away (a 25-minute walk, all on sidewalks) and very appealing, with a beautiful pedestrian marketplace frequented by both local residents and tourists. Several blocks further is the waterfront area on Lake Champlain, with lovely public parks, boardwalk, eating establishments, etc. We have found that students really appreciate having the freedom to visit these areas, and are responsible about traveling in groups and signing out and back in at the dorm. If you have concerns for your child, though, you may wait to decide about giving this permission. This permission can be emailed later to the Resident Director.

 

Can I borrow reading matter from the library?

Our students are not eligible to borrow books from UVM’s library or the local public library. GMCMF provides a small chamber music borrowing library. For reading, there are several excellent bookstores in town, and the local public library has an ongoing book sale.

 

How much spending money will I need?

Students vary widely in how much money they spend while at the festival. Since 3 meals a day are provided, as well as local transportation, students can manage with little, even though others spend more. There are vending machines in the common area of the dorm for snacks and drinks. A few of the (optional) trips we take have a small fee; most are free.  All concerts are free to the students.

 

Where can I get cash?

There is an ATM in the Davis Center, a large student union building which is 15 minutes' walk from our dorm. There are also several full-service banks in downtown Burlington.

 

What if my instrument needs repair?

The Burlington Violin Shop (802-862-0349) provides quality on-site repairs and sells strings and other items. The store is a sponsor of the festival, and their staff members are very responsive to our students’ needs. The shop is within walking distance and rides can be arranged if necessary.

 

PERFORMANCE OPPORTUNITIES

How do I request to play in a concert?

The link to an online performance request form will be shared with students at the start of the festival. The Artistic Director makes all decisions on programs and performers.

 

How will students know when they can perform? Will parents be able to see their son or daughter perform near the end of the festival?

Emerging Artists concerts generally take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7:30 pm in the UVM Recital Hall, with additional concerts (including some afternoon performances) held during the final week to accommodate the many students and chamber ensembles who are prepared to play. More specific information about the schedule of concerts will be available at a later date. 

In addition to Emerging Artists concerts, the Festival's Classical Encounter series provides many opportunities for chamber ensembles to perform in a wide range of community venues. These outreach performances will take place during the final two weeks of the festival.

All students are eligible—but are not required—to perform. Students wishing to perform must submit an online request form, and receive approval by their festival teacher or ensemble coach, before being assigned to a concert or outreach performance date by the Artistic Director. If a specific date is desired, the student should—early in the festival-—speak with his/her teacher or coach and other members of the ensemble involved about requesting that date. There is at most a few days notice to the performers prior to the concert.

Can I get a recording of my performance?

Concerts which take place in the UVM Recital Hall are recorded. We will make recordings available to participants on our website, using a non-public page. The link will be sent to all participants by late September, and you will be able to download recordings from that page.

 

LEAVING THE FESTIVAL

How does the festival end? Is there a final concert?

The final Artist Faculty Series concert of the Festival will take place on Friday, July 20, 2018 at 7:30 pm in the UVM Recital Hall. Tickets for this concert, as for all Artist Faculty concerts, are on sale at the door beginning at 7:00 p.m. or may be purchased online (look for the purchase link for each concert). GMCMF participants are required to attend, and do not need tickets.

During the final week, in addition to the regular Emerging Artists (student) concerts on Tuesday and Thursday evening, concerts will be scheduled on the afternoons of Tuesday 7/17, Thursday 7/19, and Saturday 7/21.

Sunday, July 22 is the day of departure for all participants. Our resident staff coordinates the checkout process and provides shuttle rides to the Burlington airport, beginning at 4 a.m. for the earliest flights. Festival participants will need to leave the UVM campus by noon on Sunday, July 22; those with afternoon or evening flights will be given transportation to the airport around noon.

I have lost my dorm room key!

UVM will charge the festival for any keys not returned, as they will need to change the locks on these rooms. Therefore, we require you to pay us upon leaving: $55 for a lost key, and $10 for a lost swipe card. You may pay the Resident Director using cash or check, or here using a credit card.