2019 Music Mountain Academy

June 12-22 & Aug 19-25, 2019


Be Yourself, Be Inspired


The Music Mountain Academy is an Advanced Chamber Music Program focusing on the study and performance of the core chamber music repertoire. We strive to bring forward the vision of Music Mountain founder, Jacques Gordon, mentoring young artists and nurturing innovation in the arts.

Nick Gordon and Polo

2018 Academy master class by Paul Katz

"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
Oskar Espina-Ruiz

2018 faculty members, Verona Quartet and Charles Neidich, clarinet, in rehearsal

Study with top performers!

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to write to Oskar Espina-Ruiz

Email: oskar@musicmountain.org


Don't miss the May 10 Deadline



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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Faculty in Session 1: June 12-22, 2019


Verona String Quartet

Peter Winograd, First Violin, American String Quartet; Faculty, MSM

Oskar Espina-Ruiz, Artistic Director, Music Mountain; Faculty, UNCSA




Faculty in Session 2: August 19-25, 2019


Cassatt String Quartet

Paul Katz, Cello, Cleveland Quartet; Faculty, NEC

Pei Shan Lee, Piano Faculty, NEC

Deadline: May 10, 2019


Application Fee: $40 per student

Tuition, Room and Board:

Session 1 (10 days, from June 12-22, 2019): $1,200

Session 2 (7 days, from August 19-25): $800







Oskar Espina-Ruiz, Director





  • Chamber Music for Violin, Viola, Cello and Piano (plus Clarinet in Session 1 only)
  • Individuals, as well as pre-formed string quartets and other chamber ensembles, may apply.
  • Intensive study and performance of the core chamber music repertoire.
  • Student and faculty performances.
  • Daily practicing, rehearsing and coaching.
  • Daily presentations and workshops.
  • Free access to Music Mountain Festival concerts.


Application Requirements


  • Advanced students, ages 18-28. If you fall outside this age-group and strongly believe this is a program for you, please contact the program director.
  • Links to 2 unedited videos with your performance of two contrasting works or movements, one of which needs to be Classical/Romantic.
  • Submit online application form and $40 application fee.

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.



Several weeks before the start of the Academy you will receive your assigned repertoire via email. Some of the recent repertoire at the Academy included Haydn “Rider” Quartet, Beethoven “Serioso” Quartet, Prokofiev String Quartet No. 2, Shostakovich String Quartet No. 8, Ravel String Quartet, Brahms Clarinet Quintet, Debussy Piano Trio.



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.