The Northampton Arts Council works to support and nurture the arts in the city of Northampton. The Council awards grants twice each year to artists and arts groups from both state and locally-raised funds, and seeks to improve public awareness of the arts. Its' goals include maintaining and preserving the rich and diverse cultural heritage of Northampton, programming such annual events of interest to the community as First Night Northampton and Transperformance.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Apply Now: Lyra Music Festival and Workshop July 8-28 at Smith College

Lyra Music Festival and Workshop: July 8-28, 2018
Smith College, Northampton, MA
Applications Available Online Here

The Lyra Music Workshop Core Curriculum Program is a 3-week intensive summer camp for classical pianists and string players ages 9-18. Intermediate and advanced level musicians are immersed in a supportive, conservatory-style environment; focusing on the study of solo and chamber music repertoire; and sharing their performances with the surrounding community. Students have the option to live on or off-campus.

The Lyra Young Artist Program is a highly selective program running in tandem with the Core Curriculum. This program is designed for advanced students seeking to intensify their experience and enhance their chamber music skills through side-by-side mentorship and performance with Lyra faculty.

Students of both programs live and work together in a fun and energetic atmosphere, sharing classes, activities, social events and excursions. Internationally recognized guest artists work with Lyra students in Master Classes. All students will attend guest artist and faculty concerts as part of the Lyra Music Festival and will participate in outreach performances and a final student gala concert as junior members of the Festival. Our 2018 Summer Festival guest artists will include: Kristen Lee, violin, Nicholas Tzavaras, cello, Gilles VonSattel, piano, and Guest collaborative pianists Rieko Aizawaand Jeremy Jordan.

Lyra Music Workshop:
• Daily Lessons or Chamber Coaching with Dedicated Faculty
• Chamber Ensembles and Solo Repertoire
• Supervised Practice
• Masterclasses and Concerts with Guest Artists
• Community and Gala Concert Performance Opportunities
• Group Classes: including Music Theory, Ear-Training, Rhythm,
• Performance
• Group Sports
• Outdoor Recreational Activities
• Social Events
• Regional Excursions

Enrollment is by rolling audition for all Lyra programs. Early application is strongly encouraged.

Minimum requirements, application materials, audition and financial aid information can be found on our website

“Lyra was a transformative experience”
“I can’t wait to go back!”
Looking forward to seeing you this summer!

Save The Dates!
Lyra Music Festival 2018

All events will be held at Sage Hall, Smith College

July 12, 2018 | 1:30 PM
Cello Masterclass with Nicholas Tzavaras

July 12, 2018 | 7:30 PM
Nicholas Tzavaras, Cello
“Richly Singing” and “Beautifully Nuanced” (New York Times) cellist of the Shanghai Quartet with Rieko Aizawa, pianist of Horszowski Trio, "Impressive musicality, a crisp touch and expressive phrasing." (New York Times)

July 14, 2018 | 10:00 AM
Violin Masterclass with Kristin Lee

July 14, 2018 | 4:00 PM
Kristin Lee, Violin
“Simply spectacular” (The Advocate), award winning violinist with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center with Young Steinway Artist, pianist Jeremy Jordan

July 20, 2018 | 1:30 PM
Piano Masterclass with Gilles Vonsattel

July 20, 2018 | 7:30 PM
Gilles Vonsattel, Piano
Steinway Artist and pianist with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, “...a study in intensity.” (The New York Times)

July 21, 2018 | 4:00 PM
Lyra Music Faculty Concert Chamber Works

July 28, 2018 | 1:00 PM
Lyra Music Student Gala Final Concert

View the full Lyra Music Festival Calendar

Connect & Follow

Artist News

    Council News

      Search This Blog

      Blog Archive