June 18–July 15

The program is open to nine music majors ages 20–26. We accept four violinists, two violists, two cellists and one pianist, forming three string quartets and one piano quintet. 

The 4-week intensive is divided into two 2-week-long sessions, each ending with a concert. Violinists, violists and cellists are in two different groups, learning and performing a total of four works, two per session. The pianist is in one group per session, learning and performing two standard piano quintets during the course of the program.

Each group will have a daily hour-and-a-half coaching with a faculty member Monday through Friday. Groups are also required to rehearse on their own. Private lessons are available at the discretion of the faculty at no additional cost.

In addition to their concerts, students participate in weekly masterclasses and perform at Manchester Community Library, Zion Episcopal Church, Israel Congregation and other area venues.


 2017 CMI students in concert at the Riley Center.

2017 CMI students in concert at the Riley Center.


Violin: Heather Braun-Bakken, Joana Genova, Danwen Jiang and Jesse Mills
Viola: Ariel Rudiakov and Amadi Azikiwe
Cello: Thomas Landschoot, Sophie Shao and Raman Ramakrishnan
Piano: Rieko Aizawa and Jon Klibonoff

NextGen Concerts

Sundays, July 1 and July 15 at 4pm at the Riley Center for the Arts


Masterclasses with The Shanghai Quartet, Enso String Quartet, Horszowski Trio, The Indianapolis Quartet.                                                       

Program Fee: $600 

50% of the fee is due upon acceptance. The remaining balance is due June 1, 2018.

 Admitted students are responsible for their own transportation and meals. Housing will be provided. 

Application Fee: $40

Application Deadline: March 1, 2018

Audition Requirements
Live audition or high quality video including:

•  Movement of solo Bach (strings)
•  Movement of a Sonata (pianist)
•  Movement of a standard concerto
•  Video excerpt of a chamber music performance
•  List of chamber music repertoire
•  Photo
•  Bio

Live auditions with Ariel Rudiakov and/or Joana Genova can be scheduled in Manchester, Vt., Williamstown, Mass., Danbury, Conn., Yonkers, N.Y., Indianapolis and Bloomington, In. between December 2017 and March 2018.

Students may also audition with other faculty members; however, you must send a video to the artistic directors as well.

Existing ensembles are encouraged to apply.