Green Mountain Online welcomed 290+ students in 2020

Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival welcomed more than 290 students to its online program in 2020. The program included as many of the elements of our residential program as could be incorporated into last year’s online format. While we regretted that the experience of being together in Vermont was not possible last summer, we were proud to create a sense of musical community for our students and faculty through the online framework.

During the weeks before the program begins, students and faculty were offered a packet of information on the technology available to ensure the best possible quality of remote lessons and recordings. On Thursday, June 25th, from 2:00 to 3:30 pm EDT, a class on self-recording was offered by Michael Rothkopf, who teaches composition and recording techniques at UNCSA. This class helped students for preparation of recordings for online performance at Green Mountain and elsewhere. As in the residential program, there were six hour-long lessons in the four-week period from June 29 - July 24; teachers also gave weekly studio classes to their students, which were open to all.

Student performances
Each Tuesday and Thursday at 7:30 pm EDT, student performances were streamed through the festival web site. Additional student concerts were scheduled on Wednesday evenings as needed.

Guest master classes from 2020
Chad Hoopes, violin
Philip Setzer, violin
Lawrence Dutton, viola
Clive Greensmith, cello

Classes on orchestral excerpts from 2020:

Lembi Veskimets, viola
Kari Docter, cello
Bruno Eicher, violin

Practice app
An app was been designed for Green Mountain students to help foster a sense of accountability for practicing. This app generates a practice log that students may share with their teacher. We named the app Long Trail, a reference both to the Vermont portion of the Appalachian Trail, and also to the observation of Ivan Galamian that “the road to mastery [of our instrument] is a long and arduous one.”

Faculty presentations included:

Mozart Made Simple…and Joyous—Lila Brown
The Physicality of Sound Production for Violists (and Others Too)—Sheila Browne
Things My Teacher Never Taught Me: Life Beyond the Practice Room—Caroline Coade
Making Daily Practice Count—Stefan Kartman
Skill, Will, Thrill: Inspired Learning through Productivity, Mindset, and Motivation—Sarah Kim
You Are Your Teacher: Preparing for Musical Adulthood—Kevin Lawrence
Fundamentals of Musical Acoustics—Larry Medsker
Meditation for Musicians—Steven Pologe
The View From the Other Side: How an Audition Panel Listens—Alan Rafferty
Beethoven’s String Quartet Opus 95, “Serioso''—Rhonda Rider
Practicing to Sing, and Singing to Practice: Musicians Using Their Voices Every Day—Dmitri Shteinberg