Adult Chamber Music Program


Benjamin Zander Master Class

Aired on Sunday, August 23, 1 pm EDT (NEW TIME)


Live From Music Mountain presents a special master class by English conductor Benjamin Zander, music director of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, and co-author of the US National Bestseller, The Art of Possibility. The master class, part of the Music Mountain Academy's virtual program this summer, will feature cellist Elena Ariza, alumna of the Music Mountain Academy, who will join live from San Francisco to perform Haydn Cello Concerto No 2 in D Major, Hob VIIb:2. This program was available in real time only. Watch Maestro Zander's master class on this work by clicking the button below:



Stay tuned for details on our 2021 Adult Chamber Music Program!


Focused on Chamber Music for Strings and Piano

Adult amateurs of all ages are welcome to join us in Falls Village, CT!

Re-Energize Playing Your Instrument In Good Company...


...And be inspired by outstanding faculty

Revive your love for music through chamber music performance at our serene mountaintop campus under the guidance of the Arianna String Quartet. Daily activities include rehearsals, coachings, performance class in Gordon Hall, open rehearsals, mixed faculty-student ensembles, informal reading sessions, and topic presentations. Participants will have the opportunity to perform in Gordon Hall.


2020 Music Mountain Adult Chamber Music Program FACULTY: Arianna String Quartet


"I was inspired by your performances and it was great to have the opportunity to be coached... I definitely felt I got a lot out of working with both my groups and grew as a musician even in just the one week."


—Jonathan Fenwick, 2018



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John McGrosso, Violin

John McGrosso, Violin

First Violin, Arianna String Quartet; Violin and Chamber Music Faculty at the University of Missouri-St. Louis; studied with Dorothy Delay, Shmuel Ashkenasi, Joyce Robbins, Joel Smirnoff, and Gerald Beal, and studied chamber music with members of the Juilliard, Tokyo, LaSalle, and Vermeer Quartets.


Joanna Mendoza, Viola

Joanna Mendoza, Viola

Viola, Arianna String Quartet; Viola and Chamber Music Faculty at the University of Missouri-St. Louis; studied with William Lincer and members of the Pro Arte Quartet and the Juilliard Quartet.


Kurt Baldwin, Cello

Kurt Baldwin, Cello

Cello, Arianna String Quartet; Violin and Chamber Music Faculty at the University of Missouri-St. Louis; studied with Janina Ehrlich, Irene Sharp, Bernard Greenhouse, Marc Johnson and the Vermeer Quartet.




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Music Mountain is in Falls Village, in northwestern Connecticut, in the beautiful and serene foothills of the Berkshires. Music Mountain is America’s longest running chamber music festival. Since 1937, Music Mountain concerts have been broadcast throughout the United States and in 35 foreign countries, reaching over a million listeners each year.

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Submit the online application form, including links to 2 unedited videos with your performance of two contrasting works or movements, one of which needs to be Classical/Romantic.



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Sunday, July 5, 2020, 12 noon.

Thursday, July 9, 2020, 5 pm



Music Mountain Adult Chamber Music Program Artists Concert:


Thursday, July 9, 11 am, Gordon Hall.



Faculty Concert*:


Sunday, July 5, 3 pm, Gordon Hall:

Arianna String Quartet. Judith Gordon, piano. Mendelssohn String Quartet in E Flat Major, Op. 44/3; Corigliano "Snapshot;" Brahms Piano Quintet in F Minor, Op. 34.


*Music Mountain Adult Chamber Music Program Artists and their partners get complimentary tickets.


A typical day at the Music Mountain Adult Chamber Music Program:


7 am: Breakfast

8-11 am: Rehearsals and Practice

11 am: Free

12 noon: Lunch

1-5 pm: Coachings

5 pm: Free

6 pm: Dinner

7-9 pm: Performance Class



Broad Curriculum:


On top of warm-up sessions, individual practicing, rehearsals, coachings, concerts, and valuable time with mentoring faculty and friends, all participate in:


• Performance Classes


• Topic Master Classes (Beethoven Quartets)


• Wellness for Performers: Movement, Relaxation and Practice Preparation


• Open rehearsals


• Informal Reading Sessions

Student Housing and Residence Life

Student housing is provided at the Colonial Revival-style homes originally built for the four members of the Gordon String Quartet. The First Fiddle House is the central space, where all students and faculty come together for meals, sight-reading sessions and informal evening performances.

The Viola, Cello and Second Fiddle Houses provide additional rehearsal space. Concerts and master classes take place at Gordon Hall, built in 1930 at the center of the 124-acre campus. Rehearsals and coachings take place at the various houses on campus. Individual practicing takes place at some of the same spaces.

Freund's Farm Market Catering provides all meals including plenty of locally harvested foods. The Music Mountain maintenance crew provides clean linens and towels. Those on campus 24/7 include the program manager that oversees students’ residence life, and the superintendent.



Pre-formed ensembles are welcome to suggest their repertoire. Participants will receive their assigned repertoire via email several weeks before the start of the Program.



The nearest airport is Hartford Bradley (BDL), 1h 15 minutes away. The airports in NYC (JFK, LGA, EWR), are about 2.5 h away. There is a train connection from NYC to Wassaic, NY, by Metro North. We may be able to give you a ride if necessary. Please let us know weeks in advance. Check in (and lunch) is between 12-1 pm. A few weeks in advance we will email you a list of things to bring.

First Fiddle House living room.

Path to First Fiddle House.



Oskar Espina-Ruiz

Since 1930...


...generations of music lovers have come to Music Mountain for an exceptional music experience. Jacques Gordon, Music Mountain’s founder, was the Chicago Symphony concertmaster (1921-1930), founding first violinist of the Gordon String Quartet (1921-1948), and one of the most beloved violin teachers at Eastman School of Music from 1941 until his sudden passing in 1948, aged 49.


Music Mountain started out as a groundbreaking arts institution, where the Gordon String Quartet and world-class guest artists performed the music of living composers together with the old, and where young artists from around the country gathered for a rich summer chamber music experience. The Music Mountain inaugural season included works by Ravel and Turina when these were living composers, and string quartets by Shostakovich were often performed at Music Mountain soon after their composition.

The Music Mountain Adult Chamber Music Program revives the spirit and sense of community of previous Adult Chamber Music Programs at Music Mountain, facilitating the study of chamber music for all with extraordinary faculty.