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 5, 2018

Lyra Music Workshop Registration Is Open!

WHAT: Lyra Music Festival and Workshop
WHEN: July 7-27, 2019
WHERE: Smith College, Northampton, MA


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.

The Workshop:
Students of both programs live and work together in a fun and energetic atmosphere, sharing classes, activities, social events and excursions. Lyra Faculty are artist educators, teaching and mentoring Lyra’s young musicians, sharing their passion, commitment and experience on a daily basis. 2019 faculty include: Yari Bond, cello, Francisco Montero, piano and Peter Rovit, violin.  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 2019 Summer Festival guest artists will include: Fei-Fei Dong, piano, Ayano Ninomiya, violin, Astrid Schween, cello and The Horszowski Trio with Jesse Mills, violin, Raman Ramakrishnan, cello and Rieko Aizawa, piano.

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

Application and Enrollment:
Enrollment is by rolling audition for all Lyra programs. Early application is strongly encouraged. Applications will be accepted until all seats are filled or the final deadline of March 23, 2019.

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!

The 8th Annual Lyra Music Youth Competition

Applications and information for the 2019 Lyra Youth Competition are now available!


Application deadline: Midnight, February 10th, 2019

NEW! 2019 Prize Levels have been generously sponsored by GC Global

Senior Level
1stPlace: $1000 cash prize or $2,000 scholarship to the 2019 Lyra Music Workshop
2ndPlace: $750 cash prize or $1,500 scholarship to the 2019 Lyra Music Workshop
3rdPlace:  $500 cash prize or $1,000 scholarship to the 2019 Lyra Music Workshop

Junior Level
1stPlace: $750 cash prize or $2,000 scholarship to the 2019 Lyra Music Workshop
2ndPlace: $500 cash prize or $1,500 scholarship to the 2019 Lyra Music Workshop
3rdPlace: $250 cash prize or $1,000 scholarship to the 2019 Lyra Music Workshop

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