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NEW in 2018! ECCF Explorers

For violinists, violists and cellists aged 6 - 9. One- or two-week program, non-audition based. Click here for more information.

Junior Strings Program (ages 8-13)

Commuting Junior String Day Program (students aged 8 – 13)

Junior string classes take place weekdays from 9:00 - 5:00 on the campus 
of historic Cheshire Academy, situated in the tranquil and beautiful New England town of Cheshire, CT. In addition to daily chamber music coachings and electives, ECCF Junior Students have weekly performances, private lessons, master classes and participate in various recreational activities. ECCF Day Students are also encouraged to attend the Faculty and Guest Artist concerts on Wednesday evening of each week. Optional shoreline and Fairfield bus is available for interested nearby CT students.

Please note: Morning classes Wednesday, July 4. Final concert is Saturday, July 14.

Overnight Junior String Program (students aged 11 – 13)

Junior string classes take place weekdays from 9:00 - 5:00 on the campus 
of historic Cheshire Academy, situated in the tranquil and beautiful New England town of Cheshire, CT. In addition to daily chamber music coachings and electives, ECCF Junior Students have weekly performances, private lessons, master classes and participate in various recreational activities. Meals and staff-supervised dormitory housing are provided on the campus for the two weeks for students that have completed 6th grade at the start of ECCF 2018. Extracurricular dormitory life includes optional evening practice time, concerts, observing evening master classes, movie and game nights, swimming in the campus pool, tennis, campus cook-outs and pizza parties. Weekend trips include campus tours of nearby Yale University and a trip for sampling New Haven’s famous pizza, or experiencing New York City’s cultural offerings.

Overnight Junior String Program Student & Parental Housing for students aged 8 – 11

For students that have not yet completed 6th grade at the start of ECCF 2018, meals and shared dormitory housing are available for students aged 8 – 11 along with their parents on the campus of Cheshire Academy for the two weeks. Junior string classes take place weekdays from 9:00 - 5:00. After class hours, students and their parents can participate in evening movie and game nights, swimming in the campus pool, tennis, campus cook-outs and pizza parties. Weekend trips include campus tours of nearby Yale University and a trip for sampling New Haven’s famous pizza, or experiencing New York City’s cultural offerings.

A typical day of a Junior ECCF student looks something like this:

9:00 – 9:50 String Orchestra and warm-up 

10:00 – 11:30 Chamber Music Coaching (with a 15 break/ snack time also provided during this time slot) 

11:30 – 12:15 Private lessons, electives or assisted practice time 

12:15 Lunch 

1:00 – 1:45 Private lessons, electives or assisted practice time 

1:45 – 2:30 Private lessons, electives or assisted practice time 

2:30 – 5:00 Master classes, group activities, orchestra & small group rehearsals

Senior Strings Program (13-18)

Senior Strings Program For students age 13-18 who have completed grade 8 by the start of ECCF 2018

Classes and Dormitory Life

Senior ECCF students participate in daily chamber music coachings, rehearsals and classes on the campus 
of historic Cheshire Academy, situated in the tranquil and beautiful New England town of Cheshire, CT. Evening master classes, rehearsals and concerts take place daily until 8:30 or 9:00pm. Meals and supervised dormitory housing are provided on the campus for the two weeks. Extracurricular dormitory life includes time for movie and game nights, swimming in the campus pool, tennis, campus cook-outs and pizza parties. Weekend trips include campus tours of nearby Yale University and a trip for sampling New Haven’s famous pizza, or experiencing New York City’s cultural offerings. Optional commuting program and bus is available for interested nearby CT students.

In addition to daily coachings and string orchestra, students have weekly private lessons and participate in guest artist and faculty master classes. To gain different perspectives, students can choose from a variety of electives and workshops including conducting, Jazz, Klezmer, theater improvisation, recording, music theory, Yoga and Alexander Technique. The primary focus during lessons is on ensemble playing and repertoire; however, there are opportunities to perform solo repertoire for guest artist master classes.

A typical day of a High School ECCF student might look something like this:

7:00 - 7:45 Breakfast 

9:00 – 10:00 String Orchestra 

10:15– 11:30 Private lessons, electives, group rehearsal or practice time 

11:30 – 1:00 Chamber Music Coaching 

1:00 Lunch 

1:30 – 3:00 Private lessons, electives, group rehearsal or practice time 

3:00 – 4:30 Master classes, workshops, group rehearsals or individual free time. 

5:00 – 6:30 Dinner Break 

6:30 Evening rehearsals, master classes, workshops or recreational activities.

Faculty and Guest Artist concerts are on Tuesday, July 3 and Wednesday, July 11. These evening concerts are optional for commuting students, but are extremely inspiring and highly encouraged! Student concerts are at the end of each week.

Audition Requirements: live auditions are strongly encouraged, however, should you be unable to attend a live audition, please submit a recording via our online dropbox. Violists and Cellists, click here to learn about our Viola and Cello Scholarship.

Senior strings live audition requirements: -One solo work representative of your level of playing -One major and one minor 3-octave scale plus the corresponding arpeggio of your choice -You will be asked to do some sight-reading

Senior strings recorded audition requirements -Two contrasting solo works representative of your level of playing -One major and one minor 3-octave scale plus the corresponding arpeggios of your choice

Advanced Piano Institute (grades 8-12)

ECCF’s Advanced Piano Institute is a small and select program, where pianists work closely with faculty and guest artists on refining solo repertoire as well as their chamber music assignments. In addition to a daily chamber music coaching, pianists’ schedules include practice time, solo repertoire and technique classes, twice-weekly private lessons as well as student’s choice of electives.

Pianists collaborate in chamber music with the string players from the ECCF Senior program. Electives like Alexander Technique, yoga, music theory, jazz theater, improvisation and more allow students to broaden their perspectives, while masterclasses with guest artists like Joan Panetti, Wei-Yi Yang and Blair McMillan provide inspiration and insights.

A typical day of a High School ECCF piano student might look something like this:

7:00 - 7:45 Breakfast 

9:00 – 10:00 Piano Seminar 

10:15– 11:30 Private lessons, electives, group rehearsal or practice time 

11:30 – 1:00 Chamber Music Coaching 

1:00 Lunch 

1:30 – 3:00 Private lessons, electives, group rehearsal or practice time 

3:00 – 4:30 Master classes or workshops, group rehearsals or individual free time. 

5:00 – 6:30 Dinner Break 

6:30 Evening rehearsals, master classes, workshops or recreational activities.

Faculty and Guest Artist concerts are on Tuesday, July 3 and Wednesday, July 11. These evening concerts are optional for students, but are extremely inspiring and highly encouraged! Student concerts are at the end of each week.

Audition requirements:

Two scales and arpeggios of your choice, 2 contrasting pieces (for example: a movement of Bach and Chopin) and you will be given a sight-reading excerpt. Live auditions are strongly encouraged, however, should you be unable to attend a live audition, please submit a recording via our online dropbox no later than March 21th. Recorded auditions should include 2 major and 2 minor scales, plus arpeggios in addition to your contrasting pieces.