I'm new to the flute, having taken it up in my 60s, and I never experienced anything like this. [The coaches’] passion, enthusiasm, and encouragement was contagious and brought out the best in us. Thank you to Curtis for creating this program and ensuring that it was accessible to so many levels of musicianship.
I have been to many adult amateur groups through the years and this one was so special. I am definitely coming back. For anyone thinking about trying this out, I would just say, ‘You have to experience it!’
Had a FABULOUS weekend!! This is far and away the BEST amateur chamber music program (and I have sampled many of them!!). ... The coaching is superb, on an extraordinarily high professional level. Working in depth on an entire Brahms piano trio brought a wealth of understanding about that particular trio, but also important concepts to apply to other works. This is a rare musical growth opportunity, all in a very condensed time frame!! Bravo!!
“Through my experience at Curtis Summerfest I gained many strategies for preparing a piece that I’ve used over the past year in my teaching. It’s always wonderful to hear new ideas and to be able to pass those new ideas on to students.”
As a non-music professional, Curtis Summerfest CMA program is truly inspiring. Having the opportunity to interact with Curtis students and faculty was an experience of a lifetime. Their coaching tips and support ignited my music ability making the entire experience fulfilling and worth while. Music is back in my life as a wonderful source for enjoyment and relaxation.
My few days at Curtis were wonderful; and I can say that they were among the most rewarding that I have ever had. I already miss being there; and I look forward to attending in the future.
Thank you so so much for the recordings of the Chamber Music for Adults 2018. My experience there this summer was a thrill of a lifetime.
"A truly wonderful program—I would strongly recommend to anyone interested in chamber music! [The coaches] were all superb! Their recommendations were all complementary and not competitive, so we didn't feel like we had to choose between different recommendations. Their styles were all very supportive, and they gave concrete, actionable advice."
"I loved the feeling of camaraderie in the [piano studio] class. I hadn't performed solo in many years, and it made it much less daunting. It gave me a sense of confidence in my playing I hadn't experienced in a very long time, and it inspired me to strive to be the best musician I can be."
"The coaches' experience and highly developed technical and musical training and skills were an inspiration. Their ability to joyously and artfully work with non-professional musicians to bring out the most in us was fantastic."
"I enjoyed playing with a player of this caliber, [a Curtis student] who made me feel like I 'belonged.' "
"Looking forward to it each year with great anticipation—and finding it better than expected. You organize the entire program with care and love, considering our special requests and musical needs."
"Everything was well organized and there was such a friendly atmosphere!"
"[Curtis students] raise the level of the ensemble and inspire you to play at the edge of your limit."
“The intellectual and musical challenges of playing with others were so interesting…I think I’m hooked!”
“This was a spectacular experience! … thoughtfully scheduled and configured … perfect set-up for maximum enjoyment and learning in a compact format in a great setting. The staff were all incredible: enthusiastic, helpful, organized. The coaches were encouraging and supportive. I (and my pre-formed group) got so much out of this.”
“I’m still amazed of all the help I got and what I was hearing in my own playing. I couldn’t believe what I was hearing…I never had any hope that I could approach this level.”
Jeffrey Khaner is a phenomenal teacher. I think he’s really amazing. He’s all about the little nuances in the music and the little details. He really pushes musicality and style, and I think that’s really important. I’ve gotten that from other teachers but he just has a way of teaching that makes it so interesting, to the music and also to the work ethic that it takes.
The Jeffrey Khaner Flute Class that is part of Curtis Summerfest was a wonderful experience. As an adult amateur student serious about studying flute, the opportunity to audit a class with Mr. Khaner was amazing. Mr. Khaner’s teaching style was great, I learned a ton, and also had a lot of fun. The Curtis Summerfest staff were also very supportive and helpful, which made this experience truly memorable. I would highly recommend this class to serious students interested in experiencing a focused world-class education.
I decided to participate in Mr. Khaner’s master class as one of several learning opportunities to support my intensive and serious “re-entry” back to playing after almost thirty years of not touching the instrument. Although I was initially nervous to be in the same room with the very talented Mr. Khaner, I soon learned that he was kind, helpful, and funny. Everyone was having fun! I had elected to audit the course, which allowed me to learn without anxiety. I was surprised to learn that I was familiar with most of the works that were discussed; I had loaded these onto my iPad so that I could follow along. I took copious notes, so that I didn’t miss or forget any of Mr. Khaner’s wonderful comments; I refer to these notes regularly. I found the week-long session to be exactly what I needed to begin to fine-tune my technique. Best of all: I finally learned how to play softly, which has been a long-standing issue for me. … This was a precious and unforgettable experience.
Jeffrey Khaner and Mimi Stillman are my musical heroes. Meeting Mr. Khaner completely changed my perspective in life as a musician. His ideas on Mozart (which I played at the masterclass) was simply remarkable. Mimi Stillman was one of the kindest and most inspiring musicians I have ever met in my life. She is an accomplished soloist and chamber musician, which I greatly admire. Her Debussy Project was an international sensation! The people I met at Curtis are the future of classical music; the brightest young minds in the world. At Curtis, I had the time of my life.