[ Director's Welcome ]

Welcome to Norfolk

Fall 2016

Welcome to the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival!  As fall draws to a close, the leaves have mostly fallen but here at the Festival we are busy planting the seeds that will come into full bloom in the summer.  The application has gone live, and it is time to apply for the three programs we offer this summer: the New Music Workshop, the Chamber Music Session, and the Chamber Choir and Choral Conducting Workshop.  As always, we are seeking the most promising instrumentalists, chamber groups, composers, singers, and choral conductors to work with the amazing faculty that will be with us this summer.

One new thing applicants for the Chamber Music Session will notice is that we will be having regional auditions in New York, Boston, San Francisco, and Los Angeles, as well as in New Haven.  Our hope is that this will make it easier for some applicants to audition in person – start your application now by clicking the link on the left!

I am excited about the distinguished artists and quartets who will be performing and teaching this summer at Norfolk.  Our stalwarts, the Brentano Quartet, will be joined this summer by the Miró and Emerson quartets.  Pianists Boris Berman, Peter Frankl, flutist Ransom Wilson, and clarinetist David Shifrin are all long time regulars.  We also welcome violinists Jennifer Frautschi and Harumi Rhodes, violist Atar Arad, and flautist Tara Helen O’Connor.  Our fellows will not only work with these faculty in coachings, but will also have the chance to perform alongside them on several of the Friday evening concerts.

We hope you will join us this summer – the combination of great friends, great music, and beautiful surroundings is a special one that has inspired musicians and audiences for more than 75 years.

Melvin Chen,