Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra is offering instruction and chances to perform to talented young musicians

Published on Wednesday, 24 July 2019 21:04
Written by Susan Corica


FARMINGTON - The 2019 Connecticut Virtuosi Summer Music Institute & Festival will take place Aug. 10-24, at Tunxis Community College.

Founded in 2011, the event is a two-week creative music education program, open to instrumentalists ages 8 through 18 as well as young and upcoming opera singers. The deadline for application is July 30.

The program is a collaboration of the Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra and the Connecticut Lyric Opera, both based in New Britain.

The institute’s activities include chamber music coaching, chamber orchestra, opera production, music theory, art class for the young group, and many public performances. The performances take place at Tunxis, and at Cyril & Methodius Church and the Wadsworth Museum of Art in Hartford.

The students are divided into groups based on age and level of playing.

“Our outstanding, internationally acclaimed, and very dedicated instructors are with students from 9:30 to 4:30 teaching, socializing and sharing their performance experience with them. This inspirational relationship gives our students a great boost of confidence,” according to the institute website.

The Virtuosi Music Institute Programs include: Solo performance for strings, keyboard, woodwind and brass; chamber music coaching; master classes by invited artists; programs for orchestra, opera, and choral; drawing and painting classes, students’ artworks chosen by the teacher will be displayed in a public showing; a visit to Wadsworth Athenaeum Museum in Hartford and a trip to Mystic on the day of the performance at the Mystic Art Center.

The College & Semi-Professional International Division is open to students pursuing music as their career choice. American and international participants will be part of the broad performance experience with institute faculty and get hands-on experience in performance and coaching younger division students.

The Advanced Division is open to students demonstrating advanced knowledge of the instrument and ability to perform in a variety of chamber music and advanced orchestral settings. The schedule includes chamber ensembles, orchestral studies, master classes, music theory, on-campus performances, and concerts on off-campus locations.

The Younger Division is open to students ages 8 to 13. Classes include private lessons, chamber ensembles, orchestral studies, master classes, music theory, on-campus performances, and concerts on off-campus locations and art. The goal is to inspire and guide students to a higher performance level. Students are encouraged to come prepared with a repertoire of their choice if they want to participate in solo performances at the start of the Institute. Piano accompaniment is provided.

The 2019 Connecticut Lyric Opera – Summer Opera Institute will run Aug. 9-24, and will continue with performances of the opera at the beginning of October. The repertoire will be Jean-Philippe Rameau’s “Daphnis et Eglé.”

The opera program is designed for young professionals as well as college and graduate students. Voice technique lessons will also be provided for advanced high school students. The faculty will make the best effort to cast all participants in the leading roles and ensemble, based on their skill and ability. Participation in all assigned ensembles will be required.

The faculty consists of: Jurate Svedaite, Daniel Juarez, Adrian Sylveen, Pianist Blake Hansen, and guest Steve Frederiks.

For more information, visit or call 860-944-0423.

Susan Corica can be reached at 860-973-1802 or

Posted in The Bristol Press, Arts, General News on Wednesday, 24 July 2019 21:04. Updated: Wednesday, 24 July 2019 21:07.