A greeting from the Director, Eric Larsen:
Dear Meadowmount Family,
Meadowmount 2018 will be another extraordinary summer and we continue to offer the best of what Meadowmount is known for throughout the world. Plans for performances and guest master classes are again exceeding what I had thought possible.
We have two new violin faculty members and distinguished guests artists to enhance our summer. American virtuoso Elmar Olivera and renowned Canadian pedagogue William van der Sloot will join forces to create a new violin studio. Joining us for guest master classes will be violinists James Ehnes, Josef Spacek and Daniel Philips (all Meadowmount alumni); violist Daniel Avshalomov; and cellist Julia Lichten. Ms. Lichten will join the faculty for a chamber music concert on June 29th and Mr. Spacek will rehearse and perform a chamber music concert with students on July 13th. A very special concert will be held on July 29th. Renowned cellist Leonard Rose would have been 100 years old this year and a special concert will be presented in his honor. Mr. Rose taught many of you at Meadowmount and I hope we might complete the funding of a fellowship honoring him through this concert celebration.
Yo-Yo Ma wrote of this scholarship:
"Leonard Rose played an integral part in the legend of the Meadowmount School. During his time at the school, Mr. Rose participated in training and inspiring the legions of cellists that influenced American musical life, including those who became the backbone of the magnificent cello sections of our great orchestras. A Leonard Rose Scholarship at Meadowmount will help continue that great tradition." I sincerely hope you will be able to attend. (More information coming soon...)
From past seasons, we recall that alumna Virginia Farmer (1950, '51, '53 - '55) bequeathed a large instrument and bow collection to the school. Many of the violins and bows have been sold and we now have a solid financial foundation to offer annually two “Virginia Farmer Memorial Scholarships.” Faculty member Sally Thomas was honored with the creation of the “Sally G. Thomas Scholarship.” I have also been notified of New York pianist Marie DeRosa’s intention to endow the “Marie DeRosa Memorial Piano Scholarship.” Already endowed are fellowships honoring Mr. Galamian and Stephen Kates. If you’d like to be part of making these fellowships available to extraordinarily talented and deserving students, please click on the Support Meadowmount link at the top of the page.
Last summer I announced the creation of The Sally Thomas Recreation Center and it will be completed and ready for activities this summer. It is a very spacious structure, with high ceilings and stunning windows, throughout. The building, constructed on the site of the former Cottage Dormitory, will house game and recreation areas along with wellness studios, a large classroom area and four rehearsal spaces.
Despite a number of big changes, the Meadowmount Experience I promote and the Meadowmount Experience you enjoyed and believed in is still very much the same and very much alive in our 74th Anniversary session. As all of our alumni know, Meadowmount is more than just a name and a history. It’s an idea. And it is a discipline: a strenuous summer in the Adirondacks that has produced plenty of sweat and more than a few tears. I am committed to keeping this idea alive.
Please check this website frequently as there will be many wonderful additions to announce. If you are in the area, we would be honored to have you join us. As family, you are always welcome!