4 Week Session

Sunday, July 5  Sunday, August 2

2 Week Sessions

Sunday, July 5 Sunday, July 19

Sunday, July 19 Sunday, August 2

Open to graduate, undergraduate, and advanced high school string players. Both individuals and pre-formed ensembles are invited to apply.


Explore chamber music in a supportive and intense environment

Study includes:

  • Private lessons

  • Regular coachings

  • Twice-weekly masterclasses

  • Multiple performance opportunities

  • Professional development and special interest sessions

  • And more!

Students develop musical and instrumental skills, hone their chamber music and interpersonal negotiating abilities, and evolve into strong, independent artists – all while observing their teachers and mentors perform at the Wintergreen Music Festival.

The outstanding string faculty and coaches are members of the Wintergreen Festival Orchestra and special guest artists. These instructors play in orchestras and ensembles across the country and internationally and are university teachers or experienced pedagogues.

String Academy ensembles also have the option to work closely with Composition Academy students and instructors to explore, perform, and record new works.  


What to expect

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  • One private lesson per week with our top-notch faculty

  • Twice-weekly masterclasses and weekly instrument-specific technique classes

  • Study and performance of up to three major chamber music works

  • Multiple opportunities to work with and observe the professional musicians of the Wintergreen Festival Orchestra, comprised of musicians from top orchestras and chamber music societies around the country

  • Large ensemble readings with our esteemed guest Conductors

  • At least one public performance per week in formal and informal settings, building confidence and experience in concert presentation

  • Guidance in public speaking and community engagement

  • Free access to nearly all Wintergreen Music Festival performances (a $525 minimum value)

  • Beautiful hiking trails, breathtaking overlooks, and free access to the Wintergreen Resort Fitness and Aquatics Center

  • Electives such as: recording technology, conducting, working with composers, music business, body mechanics

A typical week includes:

  • Time for Individual practice

  • Twelve hours of ensemble rehearsal

  • Three hours of ensemble coaching

  • Two masterclasses with faculty and/or guest artists

  • A private lesson

  • One or two elective classes

  • Rare opportunities to observe faculty chamber music rehearsals

  • Attendance at Wintergreen Music Festival orchestral and chamber music performances

  • Recreation and time to relax with friends and colleagues



  • February 1:

    • Early Bird Deadline; Fee only $45

    • Beginning February 2, Fee increases to $65

  • March 1:

    • Application Deadline


All decisions regarding admission, merit scholarship, and financial aid will be published by March 15 via email from the Accept’d application portal.

Application requirements:

  • Video (preferred) or audio recordings of at least two contrasting works demonstrating technical and musical ability.

  • The combined length of the recordings should be at least 15 minutes total in duration. Applicants may upload file or provide a link during the application process.

  • Current resume of training and experience.

  • List of chamber music works studied and/or performed. Chamber music experience is not a requirement. This list helps us create chamber groups of matching experience.

  • Contact information for one reference.

  • Those wishing to apply for need-based financial aid will need to submit a Statement of Need and an electronic copy or their parents' 2018 or 2019 Federal Tax Return (or country-specific equivalent) with sensitive information removed.

  • Those wishing to apply for work-study financial aid will need to briefly outline any relevant experience.

  • We encourage all applicants to apply for financial aid in addition to merit scholarship. Each is considered separately by different committees, and each committee can only evaluate the information provided by each applicant.

Visit app.getacceptd.com/wintergreen for more details.


For scholarship information, please visit our “Application and Fees” page.


  • Application Fees:

    • $45 on or before February 1

    • Beginning February 2, fee increases to $65

  • Tuition:

    • Full session: $2,150

    • Half sessions: $1,075

    • (Merit, need, and work-study scholarships available)

  • Room and Board:

    • Full session: $1,920

    • Half sessions: $960

  • What fees cover: Tuition and Room & Board includes all program costs, food and lodging, free admission to the aquatics center, a Festival t-shirt, admission to all Festival concerts, and transportation from and to the Charlottesville airport, train station, or bus terminal.


For questions or more information: Academy@Wintergreen-Music.org