The Amateur Chamber Music Retreat is designed for instrumentalists who love to play, want to hone their chamber music skills, and would like to share their enthusiasm for music with old and new friends at Garth Newel. No professional experience is required or expected. Preference will be given to pre-formed groups in the application process. The Retreat includes chamber music coachings, rehearsals with fellow participants, reading sessions, a final performance by retreat groups, as well as great food, company, and conversation. Please register early and join us for this 4-day workshop packed with unforgettable musical experiences!
Garth Newel Music Center sits in the heart of Virginia’s Allegheny Mountains. With comfortable guest rooms, gourmet cuisine, and breathtaking scenery, the Center offers visitors an opportunity to experience chamber music of the highest caliber. Yearly activities presented by Garth Newel Music Center include over fifty performances by the Garth Newel Piano Quartet and guest musicians, as well as a number of educational opportunities.
• Ensemble Playing
• Listening Skills
• Rehearsal and Practice Techniques • Intonation and Rhythm
• Musical Interpretation
Garth Newel Piano Quartet
Isaac Melamed, Cello: New Century Chamber Orchestra; former faculty at The Crowden School, Berkeley, CA.
Evelyn Grau, Viola: formerly with Atlanta Virtuosi, Colden String Quartet, former faculty at University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and Western Michigan University.
Teresa Ling, Violin: formerly with Mariposa Piano Trio, Aurelian Trio, and Dakota String Quartet; former faculty at University of the Pacific and University of Nevada-Las Vegas.
Jeannette Fang, Piano: former faculty at Bowling Green State University, Gold Medalist of Seattle International Piano Competition.
Strata: Audrey Andrist, Piano; Nathan Williams, Clarinet; James Stern, Violin and Viola–Their combined credits encompass numberous international prizes and performances across four continents including Carnegie hall, the Marlboro Festival, and the Kennedy Center.