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National Philharmonic Summer Programs

Jun 28, 2011 07:03PM ● By Anonymous

This summer, the National Philharmonic will engage some of the area’s most promising young musicians through its String and Choral Institutes. The institutes, for middle/high school string players and high school/college vocalists, nurture young talent and teach musical skills and techniques while preparing the participants for a performance. In addition, the National Philharmonic offers the Adult Summer Chorale Institute, whose participants work with National Philharmonic Chorale Artistic Director Stan Engebretson. “Nurturing the next generation of audiences and performers is at the heart of our mission in the community,” said National Philharmonic’s Music Director and Conductor Piotr Gajewski.

The High School/College Summer Choral Institute (July 18-22, 2011, Monday-Friday from 2:30-8:30 pm, Montgomery College, Rockville Camapus) offers young singers an intensive, weeklong immersion in voice building, musical interpretation and performance techniques. The institute, produced through a partnership between the National Philharmonic and Montgomery College Institute, is led by Dr. Engebretson, Dr. Molly Donnelly, a Professor of Music at Montgomery College, and Victoria Gau, Assistant Conductor of the National Philharmonic. The High School and College Choral Institute Chorus will sing works ranging from the beautiful Domine ad adjuvandum me by the 18th century composer Giovanni Martini to rhythmically compelling world music such as Niska Banja by Nick Page. This group will also join the adult singers in John Rutter's uplifting set of spirituals, Feel the Spirit. The week culminates in a free public concert at Montgomery College School, Rockville Campus on Friday, July 22, 2011 at 7:30 pm.


The Adult Summer Choral Institute (July 12-12, 2011, on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7-9 pm, Montgomery College) offers adult singers (college age and over) from around the area an opportunity to sing with members of the National Philharmonic Chorale under Dr. Engebretson in four intensive rehearsals over two weeks. The Adult Choral Institute will sing movements from Mozart's Solemn Vespers, "The Spheres" from Sunrise Mass by Ola Gjeilo and John Rutter's set of spirituals, Feel the Spirit. The week culminates in a free public concert with the High School/College Choral Institute at Montgomery College School, Rockville Campus on Friday, July 22, 2011 at 7:30 pm.

The Summer String Institutes (High School String Institute August 1-5; Middle School String Institute August 8-12, Bethesda Presbyterian Church) immerse talented and aspiring middle school and high school string musicians in an intensive week of mentoring, chamber music coaching, individual lessons and rehearsals led by National Philharmonic Music Director & Conductor Piotr Gajewski, Philharmonic Assistant Conductor and String Institutes Director Victoria Gau, musicians of the Philharmonic and other well-known music pedagogues.  The High School String Institute will study and perform works by Grieg, Mozart, Benjamin Britten and Vivaldi; the Junior High School will study and perform works by Jean Berger, Peter Warlock and Mozart.

This year marks the 14h anniversary of the High School String Institute and the 13h year of the Middle School String Institute. The High School String Institute will culminate in a free public performance at the Bethesda Presbyterian Church, 7611 Clarendon Rd, Bethesda, MD on Friday, August 5 at 7:30 pm and on Friday, August 12 at 7:30 pm for the middle school session. For more information on the Summer String and Choral Institutes, please visit