How many coachings and lessons will I receive at Winterhaven? You will have two chamber groups while at Winterhaven: one consisting of all participants, and one consisting of participants + one faculty member. Each chamber group will receive 5 hours of coachings over the week. You will also receive 2 one-hour private lessons at Winterhaven.
Can pre-formed groups apply? Absolutely! If you apply as a pre-formed group, each member needs to fill out an application form. Then, as a group, you should submit 2 short video selections of your group.
I'm a returning Winterhaven participant. Do I need to submit video recordings again? No, you do not. However, if you feel your playing has changed quite a bit from your previous year and would like to submit current video recordings, please do. We use the video recordings to place participants into groups, so hearing your current playing ability will help us.
When will I find out the chamber music pieces I will be working on at Winterhaven? We will notify you by mid-October with your chamber music assignments. Prior to this, you will receive a form asking for your repertoire preferences.
What do I bring to my private lessons? You can bring whatever you'd like - you should choose what would be the most helpful and beneficial for you. This can be solo repertoire you are working on, your chamber music parts for the pieces you are working on at Winterhaven, and/or bring questions on technique to your lessons.
Do we get a chance to perform? Yes! The last evening of the retreat is a performance of any chamber groups that would like to perform.
What is the atmosphere like at Winterhaven? We strive to create a supportive and friendly community amongst our participants, faculty, and staff that will continue beyond the week at Winterhaven. Meals are taken together, family-style, and the facilities at Avaloch Farm encourage informal gatherings with spacious rooms, couches, and sitting areas. Winterhaven is a smaller, intimate chamber music retreat - participant numbers are kept below 24, so everyone gets to know everyone.
Will there be scores and parts available for sight-reading? We will have some chamber music scores and parts available for use. If you have specific pieces you would like to read with other participants, please bring scores and parts with you.
How do I get to Winterhaven? Please visit our Directions page for this info.
Will it be possible to try to carpool with another participant? Please contact us directly - each participant will be asked to provide us with their travel plans, and we will do our best to connect participants who might like to travel together.
What time is check-in and check-out? Check-in starts at 1pm on Sunday, January 14th. We suggest arriving before dark. Check-out is by 10am on Saturday, January 20th. Dinner on Sunday, January 14th is at 6pm, and breakfast is provided on Saturday, January 20th.
I have food allergies and dietary restrictions. Can these be accommodated? Yes. We will email all participants materials in mid-October, including a food allergy & dietary restriction form.
Can I bring wine or beer to enjoy with my dinner, or after performances? Yes! There are wine bottle openers and glasses available for use, and each suite has a small fridge to keep your beverages cold as needed.
Can my spouse/partner come with me? Each private bedroom has one double bed. If your spouse or partner would like to come with you (either for the full week or for part of the week) and share your bedroom, the cost is $90 per night, and includes meals. In your acceptance materials, there will be a place on the form where you can indicate a visiting spouse/partner.
Where can I practice? Some participants choose to practice in their private bedrooms, and there are also sound-proof practice rooms in the basement of the red building. Rehearsal studios, and the Great Hall, are also available for use when not being used for teaching.
How do I sign up for a massage or for the yoga class? There will be information on this in the materials we will send to accepted participants in mid-October.
Still have questions for us? You can contact us by email or fill out our Contact Form.