June 17–July 14

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, Dionondehowa Wildlife Sanctuary and School, and other area venues.

 2018 CMI students in concert at the Riley Center.   2018 CMI STUDENTS    (Archive)

2018 CMI students in concert at the Riley Center.
2018 CMI STUDENTS (Archive)


Joana Genova, Artistic Director, violin; University of Indianapolis
Ariel Rudiakov, Artistic Director, viola; University of Indianapolis
Heather Braun-Bakken, violin; Boston University
Davide Cabassi, piano; Conservatoria Nicolini, Piacenza, Italy
Danwen Jiang, violin; Arizona State University
Jon Klibonoff, piano; Manhattan School of Music
Thomas Landschoot, cello; Arizona State University

NextGen Concerts

Saturdays, June 29 and July 13 at the Riley Center for the Arts


Wednesday, June 26
Deborah Buck, Assistant Professor of Violin, SUNY Purchase Conservatory
Tuesday, July 9
Nicholas DiEugenio, Assistant Professor of Violin, UNC Chapel Hill

Program Fee: $800 

50% of the fee is due upon acceptance. The remaining balance is due June 1, 2019.

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

Application Fee: $40

Application Deadline: March 1, 2019

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 performed chamber music repertoire
•  Bio (200–250 words)
•  Photo (high resolution, professional quality)

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 2018 and March 2019. Students may also audition with other faculty members; however, a video must be sent to the artistic directors as well.

Existing ensembles are encouraged to apply. All members must complete individual applications.