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August 8-18, 2016
Applications now being accepted
Scholarships Available


For the seventh year, an international group of violinists, violists, cellists and pianists will converge for intensive instrumental study and chamber music coaching with distinguished faculty. Overlooking Lake Myosotis and the Catskill mountains on a 100-acre historic country estate in Rensselaerville, NY, the Carey Institute for Global Good offers a breathtaking setting. Surrounded by the majesty, beauty and poetry of the Helderberg Mountains and the Hudson Valley region of New York state, the High Peaks Residency has evolved into a training program designed to imbue players with new ideas and approaches, inspiration, and tools for technical advancement. There is a robust schedule of private and instrumental lessons, coachings and master classes, led by eminent faculty members. Students prepare pre-selected chamber music works, with numerous opportunities to play in public performances. For recreation, you can take a guided hike in the mountains, see the sites cherished by the 19th century painters, and then attend a discussion about how all of this relates to the music of the time!

The Carey Institute has developed outstanding facilities and resources for the arts in this mountain setting. Participants are housed in lovely accommodations, share three meals a day at the Carriage House restaurant and have access to seminar rooms and the high occupancy performance hall. The 2016 faculty includes pianist Michael Chertock (CCM); violinists  Bayla Keyes (Boston University) and Peter Zazofsky (Boston University); violist Michael Strauss (Oberlin) and cellists Yehuda Hanani (CCM), Thomas Landschoot (ASU), Ross Harbaugh (UM), and Sae Rom Kwon (Korea) as well as Baroque expert Paul Dwyer (Acronym, Chicago Lyric Opera). “Music with Altitude” is the leitmotif weaving through the festival spirit and activities—cross-cultural events that provide a natural high on music, nature and the arts for students, faculty and audiences.

The intimate scale but highest level of presentations and participants give us all a chance to explore the wonders of music anew!

Application | Instructor Bios


DEADLINE: Application due date (extended) to
May 7, 2016
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Students Comment on Their High Peaks Experience:
"I was amazed at how inviting High Peaks was. There was no sense of competitiveness. All the students were there to just enjoy performing music together and to learn from the amazing teachers like Mr. Hanani and Mr. Milenkovich and from each other. I made amazing friends in the one week I was there whom I'm 100% positive I will keep in touch with for the rest of my life."
--Carolyn Van De Velde, violinist
"Spending over a week learning from top musicians is an incredible experience. To do that in an environment where students help each other grow as well is extraordinary and to have all of this take place in the beauty of the Catskills is breathtaking!"
--Christian Schrock, cellist


"We are thrilled to again welcome Yehuda Hanani and the talented young artists who come from around the world to study with him and with his faculty colleagues as part of the Catskills High Peaks Festival. We have a full calendar of concerts, literary lectures, films, and master classes and look forward to welcoming you to all of these events." Gareth Crawford, President and CEO

For information contact:
Pamela Dreyfus Smith
at 800-843-0778.

“As an educational institution, our mission is to infuse students over a relatively short period with love and enthusiasm for their chosen vocation and with an appreciation of past traditions and a spirit of adventure and discovery.”

Yehuda Hanani, Artistic Director
Catskill High Peaks Festival

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Catskill High Peaks Festival   PO Box 34  Great Barrington, MA  01230 
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