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Heifetz International Music Institute

Staunton, VA

Amount Requested: $10,000 for General Operating Support

Mission: The Heifetz International Music Institute is dedicated to attracting and training the next generation of great string players, and in so doing, building a transformative future for the timeless art of classical music.

Constituents Served: The community at large.  A key part of the Institute’s mission is to foster access to and awareness of classical music in general and the Heifetz Institute in particular far beyond the concert hall, as well as to create access to classical music in non-traditional venues.

Program Overview: What distinguishes the Institute is the conviction that artists express their individuality not only through technically and intellectually robust music-making,  but also through emotional and even physical engagement. The Institute, therefore, integrates traditional education strategies (lessons, coaching, master classes, performance opportunities) with classes in public speaking, voice, drama, movement, health & wellness, and freedom of expression aimed at developing students’ communication skills better to express themselves both verbally and musically.

The core activity of the Heifetz Institute is its six-week summer program, featuring 80 of the world’s most promising young string players instructed by faculty from such world-renowned conservatories and music schools as the Juilliard School, the New England Conservatory, the Cleveland Institute of Music, the Peabody Institute at Johns Hopkins University, and the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.  In 2015, Heifetz students, faculty, and staff  presented no fewer than 41 concert events during the six-week program.  Throughout the summer and year, there have been Heifetz appearances  at a number of other civic, school, and community events, including the public libraries of Staunton and Waynesboro, Staunton and Augusta County public schools, the R.R. Smith Center for History and Art, Stuart Hall School, the Staunton-Augusta Garden Club, and the Rotary Clubs of Staunton and Waynesboro.  These are always free of charge. We estimate that we served live audiences of between 5,000 – 15,000 people within the local region during calendar year 2015.

In 2016, we launched the Ashkenasi/Kirshbaum Chamber Music Seminar – an intensive program for 16 pre-professional students led up by renowned artists and teachers Shmuel Ashkenasi (Curtis Institute) and Ralph Kirshbaum (USC Thornton School of Music). We also expanded our Communication Training Curriculum by introducing a Health & Wellness module, Celebrity Series Happy Hour Concerts, Sunday Matinees, Heifetz Hootenannies, and a Grand Finale and Farewell Feast.

For 2016, the Institute’s 20th Anniversary Year, we are continuing with these programs, and launching two new initiatives in partnership with Mary Baldwin College, including “Heifetz/PEG” –  a three-week intensive summer program for gifted young string musicians between the ages of eight and thirteen, and “Take Your Seat” – a joint fundraising effort to install new seats and carpeting in Francis Auditorium, along with fresh paint, updated lighting, and better handicapped access.

Current Operating Budget: $1,013,185

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