Harlem Quartet workshop at Music Mountain

Harlem Quartet Workshop 2023 flier

If you are interested in attending the workshop, please apply online.

Deadline March 31st. Extended deadline July 8th $85 late fee
Phone (201) 474-5945

Workshop Application for Individual String Player
Workshop Application for Chamber Ensemble or Duo Group

Workshop Overview

First Session 

July 17-22, 2023

For violin, viola, cello, clarinet, flute, and piano

age range 11 to 24, primarily 11 to 18

Second Session 

July 24-29, 2023

For violin, viola, cello, clarinet, flute, and piano

age range 11 to 24, primarily 18-24

Sessions are not age-specific. Participants have the option to enroll in either session regardless of the predominant age group, as well as to both sessions.

Please write to director Dr. ILMAR GAVILÁN at hqwmusicmountaindirector@gmail.com

Fee: $85 application fee, $1200 per session including tuition, room, and board

Final Concerts:

First Session

July 22, 2023 at 11am

Second Session

July 29, 2023 at 11am

Location: Gordon Hall, 225 Music Mountain Falls Village, CT

Check in address:

Main House, 225 Music Mountain Falls Village, CT

Check-in    11:30am-12:30pm
Check-out  1:00pm-2:00pm

Intensive chamber music workshop focusing on:

  • Individual practice techniques to improve command of the instrument
  • Chamber music tools to improve group listening and communicative skills to achieve successful teamwork
  • Introduction to jazz music performance
  • Performance experience at a Final Concert

Guest Faculty: Adonis Gonzalez (piano), Samantha Tomblin (violin), Jorge Gonzalez (violin), Chris Beckett (viola), Seojin Yang (cello). Agarita Chamber Players (Agarita.org): Marisa Bushman (viola), Ignacio Gallego (cello), Daniel Anastasio (piano)


We accept online payments only.


Things to bring

Linens, towels, blankets, and pillows are provided.

August during the days in the Litchfield Hills is generally hot; the evenings are generally somewhat cooler. That having been said, you should prepare for a wide eventuality of weather, and bring a  blanket. It can get buggy, as well: both insect repellant and an adequate supply of long-sleeved clothing and pants are highly recommended. Also, definitely bring at least one pair of closed-toe shoes.


Gordon Hall and the Music Mountain residences were built by Sears Roebuck during the summer of 1930. The property and the buildings are listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Housing at Music Mountain is rustic but comfortable. Renters of Music Mountain for educational programs have full access to three out of the four houses, with a total capacity for 30 people.

Music Mountain House has four bedrooms with double capacity and two bedrooms with triple capacity. It has two bathrooms with bath, one bathroom with shower, and one toilet-only bathroom.

The Viola House has four bedrooms with double capacity and two bathrooms with bath.

The Second Fiddle House has four bedrooms with double capacity and two bathrooms with bath.

About the festival

Music Mountain is the home of the oldest continuing summer chamber music festival in this country. Founded in 1930 as the permanent home for the Gordon String Quartet, one of the leading string quartets of its time, Music Mountain will celebrate its 86th anniversary season in 2015.

Music Mountain and its marvelous setting for both the musicians and the audience are justly famed. The centerpiece is Gordon Hall – one of the finest chamber music facilities in the country. With seating for 335 and legendary acoustics, Gordon Hall provides resonant and lovely sound, views of the gardens, grounds and hills from every seat or from the lawn, permitting listeners to savor music and nature as one.

The Location

Music Mountain is located in Falls Village, CT, in the northwestern corner of the state, approximately 100 miles or 2 1/2 hours from New York City (For GPS, please use 225 Music Mountain, Falls Village CT). The setting offers the serene beauty of the Litchfield Hills, at the foot of the Berkshires. The area is replete with antique shops, art galleries, historic homes, as well as plentiful opportunities for hiking and swimming.

The nearest airport is Bradley International Airport (Hartford), which is 50 miles or 1 hour 15 minutes from Music Mountain. The nearest stop by train is Wassaic on the Metro North Harlem Line, 20 miles or a half hour from the festival.

Travel Directions


Between early June and late September there is a first-class 9-foot Steinway concert grand in Gordon Hall, a Steinway baby grand in Music Mountain House, and an upright Yamaha piano in both the Viola and Second Fiddle Houses.

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