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About the School

Instrumentalists, singers, composers and choral conductors! Are you looking for an intimate summer program of intensive coaching and performing with a world-class Faculty?
Norfolk may be the place for you.

Nestled among northwest Connecticut’s pastoral Litchfield Hills, the village of Norfolk has hosted the summer programs of the Yale School of Music and Norfolk Chamber Music Festival since 1941.

Norfolk’s three renowned programs are the Chamber Music Session, the New Music Workshop, and Chamber Choir and Choral Conducting.

All participants of the Chamber Music Session and New Music Workshop receive a Fellowship covering the full cost of tuition, housing and meals. Singers invited to the Chamber Choir and Choral Conducting Workshop receive a Fellowship covering the full cost of tuition, housing and meals. Conductors receive a Fellowship covering the cost of housing and meals only.

During the months of June, July and August, all three programs offer concerts on the Norfolk Festival Series and the Young Artists’ Performance Series. Festival Series concerts on Friday and Saturday evenings feature the Artist-Faculty, visiting guest artists and Fellows. As an integral part of the School’s curriculum, all Fellows receive free admission to the performances. All concerts are streamed live on our website.

Fellows also have ample opportunity to perform on the Festival’s Young Artists’ Performance Series which offers concerts two or three times weekly. During the Chamber Music Session, ensembles are selected each week by the Faculty for inclusion in upcoming concerts. Programs for the Chamber Choir and New Music Workshop are determined prior to their respective sessions on the basis of the auditions. The Norfolk Young Artists’ Performance  Series has developed a strong following, attracting area residents as well as people who travel many miles to hear them. Each performance is professionally recorded, and Fellows may obtain CDs of their work. Fellows are also encouraged to perform in outreach presentations through the Festival’s nationally recognized Project Access program.