ENCORE Chamber Music Intensives

ENCORE Chamber Music embodies two intensives–String Quartet Intensive and Summer Academy–for exceptionally gifted young artists who aspire to become the cultural leaders of their communities

Students who apply for both programs will receive priority in the scholarship selection process (if scholarship is granted, students must attend both programs). 
2020 Summer Applications Open on November 1st, 2019.

(JUNE 1 - JUNE 21, 2020)

Viewed as “the most perfect expression of human behavior”, the art form of string quartet requires both the composer and its performers to concentrate on the barebones of musical logic. ENCORE Chamber Music’s String Quartet Intensive is designed for pre-formed string quartets and individuals who are committed to this elite genre of chamber music. The three-week program invites thirty-two exceptionally gifted young artists ages 16-26.

The String Quartet Intensive includes:

  • Daily 90-minute coachings with the Cavani String Quartet (Program Director); Monday through Thursday

  • Masterclasses and performances by world-renowned artist faculty

  • Extensive performance opportunities in concert and community settings

  • Interpretation classes

  • Interactive seminars on chamber music performance: “The Art of Collaboration”, performance preparation, career development, etc.

  • One designated rehearsal space per group

  • Beautiful campus and performance space at Gilmour Academy, Gates Mills

Tuition: $2,450 per person (merit-based scholarship and work-study scholarship available); includes room and board

(JUNE 21 - JULY 11, 2020)

ENCORE’s Summer Academy is for young solo violinists, violists, and cellists who want a challenging and thought-provoking learning experience. Summer Academy program is recommended for students preparing for college auditions, competitions, and/or concerts. During the program, students practice intensively, improve technique and artistic communication, and perform in a variety of settings. The three-week program invites fifty exceptionally gifted young artists ages 13-23.

The Summer Academy includes:

  • 10 private lessons with faculty or associate faculty members

  • 30-minute practice coachings with associate faculty offered to all students daily

  • 30-minute collaborative pianist coachings offered to all students daily

  • Masterclass performance opportunity for EVERY student!

  • Formal performance opportunity (Blooming Artists Marathon) for EVERY student!

  • Student-run ENCORE Camerata (all-standing chamber orchestra) rehearsals and concerts

  • Performances by world-renowned artist faculty

  • Community performance opportunities

  • Practice Seminar/Technique classes

  • Eurythmics & Eldoa Technique classes

  • Beautiful campus and practice/performance space at Gilmour Academy, Gates Mills

Tuition: $3,100 (need-based scholarship and work-study scholarship available); includes room and board.


Please contact Admissions Director Hyun Soo Kim at


for questions about the application process.