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Festival Facilities

The Ellen Battell Stoeckel Estate is our summer home. Our performance space, the Music Shed, is universally heralded for its incredible acoustics. The 70-acre Estate also includes individual practice facilities and studios, a private rehearsal room for each ensemble, lecture hall, music library, professional recording facilities, Faculty residences, dining hall, laundry facility, art gallery and a Fellows lounge. Wireless Internet access is available.

Faculty, Fellows and staff often enjoy impromptu outdoor activities such as soccer or softball on the Estate’s ball fields.

Festival Housing and Meals

Fellows are housed with Norfolk families throughout the community. The tradition of host families began in the earliest days of the Festival and is part of the close tie between the School and the town.

The dining hall provides excellent and diverse meals in a relaxed atmosphere where Fellows, Faculty and staff enjoy time together. The chef will make every effort to accommodate special dietary needs. All Fellows are required to participate in the housing and meal plans.

Faculty Performances and the Emerging Artist Showcase

The Norfolk Festival concerts on Friday and Saturday evenings feature Artist-Faculty, visiting guest artists and Fellows. All Fellows receive free admission to the performances, and recordings are available. Fellows also have ample opportunity to perform on the the Friday night concerts as well as on the Emerging Artist Showcase which offers concerts throughout the summer.

Daily Schedule

A typical day at the School:

8:00 am – 8:45 am Breakfast
9:00 am – 10:15 am Rehearsal/Practice
10:30 am – 11.45 am Rehearsal/Practice
12:00 pm – 12:45 pm Lunch
1:15 pm – 2:30 pm Coaching/Rehearsal
2:45 pm – 4:00 pm Coaching/Rehearsal
4:00 pm – 5:15 pm Coaching/Rehearsal
6:00 pm – 6:45 pm Dinner
Evening Free time, sports, lecture, Norfolk Fellows’ Performance Series (required attendance) or Festival Series Concerts (required attendance)

The Town of Norfolk

A classic New England village with a summer population of just over 2,000, Norfolk has all the amenities and all the charm of a small New England town. The Festival grounds are located directly across the street from the center of this picturesque home away from home.

Rolling hills and breathtaking vistas characterize the Norfolk landscape. Students and faculty often find solitude and inspiration hiking our three nearby state parks, Haystack Mountain, Dennis Hill and Campbell Falls. Norfolk’s “swimming hole,” Tobey Pond, offers a serene haven of unsurpassed beauty and is available for use by Faculty, staff and Fellows. Norfolk’s winding country roads are perfect for biking and jogging.