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Kinhaven Fall Newsletter

Kinhaven Fall Newsletter

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The Spirit of Kinhaven
Fall 2011
 Photo by Alan Orling 
Kinhaven’s 60
th
AnniversaryCelebration
By Elizabeth Gombosi
Friday, July 13th - Sunday, July 15
Kinhaven is currently in its 60
th
year and we have manyreasons to celebrate! To unite alums of all programs,staff, parents, and friends, we will hold a festive gatheringon campus from Friday, July 13 through Sunday, July15, 2012. It will be a time of music-making, renewingold friendships, making new connections, enjoyingthe beauty of Vermont, and breathing in the KinhavenSpirit. We hope you will join us!Plans are still evolving, but will include arrival andregistration Friday evening, informal chamber musicensembles, opportunity to listen to student orchestrarehearsal, madrigal and choral singing, hill sitting, andmuch much more!We will select a piece for orchestra and chorus torehearse for a combined performance with currentstudents and all are invited to sing, play, or provide anenthusiastic audience.Saturday will provide opportunities for chamber music,relaxing with old friends, and taking advantage of the many activities in the Weston area. Following theSaturday evening faculty concert will be Kinhaven’sown inimitable folk dancing.
 Photo by Marty Knieriem
Warmth in More Ways Than One
- Junior Session Quilting Project -
 by Marty Knieriem,
 Junior Session Co-Director 
Many activities comprise a typical afternoon at Junior Session. This year, as in years past, one of the favoriteways to spend some quiet time on The Sitting Hill withfriends old and new (or even by oneself) was to do it whileknitting. Junior Session faculty, staff, and students werefortunate that Amber McPherson, violin counselor, is notonly an extremely talented musician, but also an expertknitter. In previous summers she taught campers to knit,and this year she took it one step further and asked anystudent or staff member who wanted to - even if they hadnever knitted before - to contribute a square, or rectangle,
or fower. Her plan was to piece these creations together to
make a quilt to present to Nancy Bidlack. Junior Sessionfaculty, staff, and students wanted to be sure that Nancyknew that even without her daily presence at Kinhaventhis summer, she was never far from their hearts.Piece by piece, the offerings to the quilt came in. Aseach item was given to Amber, she tacked it up on the bulletin board in the Dining Hall. You could not imaginea more motley collection of objects! Towards the endof the second week of Junior Session, Amber began toorganize the various unique pieces into the whole thatthey would soon become. It was an immense undertak-ing, which took on an added urgency as Hurricane Ireneforced Junior Session to end a day early.
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 Report: Junior Session 2011
 by Sandy Dennis and Marty Knieriem
 Directors of Junior Session
 Report: Senior Session 2011
 by Deborah Buck 
 Director of Senior Session
Junior Session 2011 was indeed historic from beginning toend. Newly appointed Junior Session Directors Sandy Den-nis and Marty Knieriem assembled an outstanding group of talented young students who hailed all the way from Belgium,California, and Washington state to Mississippi and mostof the East Coast. Our faculty and staff, from as far awayas Germany, Colorado, and the West Coast, once again ledcampers in two weeks of intense music making, walks toWeston, folk dancing, hill sitting, Echo Lake, ping pong,knitting, and (of course) delicious butterscotch brownies.The orchestra sounded better that ever and families andfriends were treated to highly polished performances of 
Mozart’s “Magic Flute Overture” and Schubert’s “Unnished
Symphony”.Our former director, Nancy Bidlack, continued to be a partof Junior Session by coaching many of our chamber musicgroups and attending the concerts. Former students wereoverjoyed to see Nancy and to work with her again, and
new students felt honored to nally meet this much talked
about legend.A unique highlight of our session this summer was the cre-ation of a knitted patchwork quilt for Nancy, a joint projectof students, staff, and faculty. By now you’ve all seen photosof this extraordinary creation, crafted by master knitter andBaroque violinist, Amber McPherson. Some of the contribut-ing knitters were quite experienced, others had begun to knitin previous summers at Kinhaven, and some were creating
their very rst knitted masterpieces. As the pieces werenished, one by one, they were proudly displayed on the
 bulletin board in the Dining Hall. Several staff and faculty
members helped in the nal piecing together of the quilt;
tweaking, arranging and re-arranging the pieces, occasion-
ally lling them in, to create a glorious whole. Needless to
say, Nancy was very moved in receiving this gift of loveand appreciation.Hello, Kinhaven family! What an honor it is has been for Tony and I to lead such a fabulous team of faculty, staff, andthe ninety-four high school students who came together for 
our rst Senior Session as Executive Directors. We proudly
maintained all of Kinhaven’s cherished traditions: chamber music, madrigal singing, folk dancing, (Molly Bidlacks’s great butterscotch brownies), and - because our dedicated facultycontinues to go above and beyond to bring the highest level of music-making to each student - some of the best performances
that we have heard in our fteen years at Kinhaven!
Senior Session 2012 welcomed six outstanding conductorsto its rolling hills, beginning with Simon Lipskar who ledthe students in an impassioned performance of Dvorak's
Eighth Symphony. Jeffrey Grogan followed with a rened
and joyous rendition of Mozart’s Overture to
Così Fan Tutti
,while Timothy Weis masterfully led the orchestra throughCopland’s
Billy the Kid 
Suite. Ankush Bahl brought the
ensemble alive during the nal movement of Tchaikovsky’s
Fifth Symphony, and our beloved Jerry Bidlack brought thefull Kinhaven experience (as only he can do) during a week of Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5. At summer’s close,Lawrence Loh capitalized on the seasoned group with a brilliant, polished performance of Rimsky-Korsakov’s
 Russian Easter Festival Overture
. Senior session also enjoyed four inspiring master classes - including an Alexander Techniqueseminar led by Dr. Kristin Mozeiko – from Cellist and alumRaman Ramkrishnan, pianist, Gilles Vonsattel, and clarinetist,Alan Kay. Each inspired and entertained as our Kinhavenfamily listened, laughed, and learned together in the intimatesetting of the concert hall.
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Photo by Nate ReitPhoto by Nancy Terhune
 
 I attended Kinhaven for four  summers, and my experiencethere was truly life-changing. I fell in love with playing chamber music which has beenmy passion ever since, and it 
was also the frst place where I 
had the opportunity to play ina full orchestra which is nowthe new focus of my career. It is such an amazing place to spend the summer, and the faculty and staff are extremelycaring and dedicated. I look back on my time at  Kinhaven with only fond memories!
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ALUMNI NOTES
Daniel Katz
S’78 piano
: I have been awarded the DanielJeremy Silver Fellowship for research at the Center for JewishStudies at Harvard for the fall semester 2011. I am workingon the music of Hirsch Weintraub (1813-1882), an importantalthough not well known synagogue cantor and composer inKoenigsberg.
Andrew Hollis
S’98 viola:
 
After Kinhaven I received my BMat the University of Miami. I have been working as an audio professional in music and television (Aspen Music Festival, New World Symphony, Solid State Logic) ever since!
Dominik Landowne
S’02, '03, '06 violin:
 
Will be nishing
violinmaking school in Chicago in the spring.
Erin Keefe,Concertmaster, Minnesota Orchestra
KINHAVEN MEMORIES
"Senior Session"
(Continued from Page 2)
Tony and I would like to thank rst the Bidlack Family
and Caroline Dawson for helping us through this year of transition, as well as Jay Popailo and his family who wereabsolutely superb with all matters maintenance. Nancy Bidlack remained ever in our hearts and lives this summer as we cartedthe students down Lawrence Hill to her home for coaching.A special thank you, also, to former Board President, SusanMesner, for passing on the invaluable history, guidance, andinformation that we needed order to carry Kinhaven forwardthrough this enormous change.We truly enjoyed getting to know each and every one of our 
students and their families. From Tony’s rst instruction onthe ner techniques of handling a broom, to my salon-like
styling sessions on the Knoll, we felt the Spirit of Kinhavenalive and well, just as it has been for the past sixty years.
Quilting Project"
(Continued from page 1)
On what would have been the nal Sunday of the session,
only the staff remained at Kinhaven. As the rain beat downoutside, Amber McPherson, Adaiha MacAdam-Somer, EmilyBreines, Sara Wolfe, and Angi Blaine all gathered in the Main
House for the rst ever Junior Session Quilting Bee.
After many hours of organizing, careful placement, stitch-
ing, lling in, and even creating a bumblebee, the result was
a glorious patchwork of different colors, textures, skill levels,
and personalities; a true reection of Junior Session itself.
By Monday afternoon almost all of the staff had left. MartyKnieriem and Sandy Dennis, Junior Session Co-Directors,their daughter, Emma, and Ken Kwo, viola faculty member, jointly delivered the quilt to Nancy, who received it with muchgratitude and joy. She immediately put it on her lap, where ithas been a fairly constant presence ever since, lending warmthto her body and soul.
Come spend a weekend with us this summer!
A Giving Legacy 
An alumna recently left Kinhaven $10,000 in her will,and we will ask you to also consider providing us with agiving legacy for our school.If you wish to name a person or persons to be honored,Kinhaven will be delighted to acknowledge the honoree.It can be someone who was important to you at Kinhaven,a composer, or even a work of music (“The Silver Swan”, perhaps).Whenever you do or redo your own will, please consider  being generous to Kinhaven, as all gifts really matter!
Dates: Summer 2012
Piano Workshop: May 31 - June 5Chamber Music Workshop: June 13 - 17Senior Session: June 22 - August 5Junior Session: August 11 - 26
 Renew old memories and make new friends to rekindle that 
Spirit of Kinhaven
!Concerts every weekend!Student concerts on Fridays at 4 pm& Sunday afternoons at 2:30 pm. Faculty Concerts on Saturdays at 8:00 pm.
 Hope to see you this summer!
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