A Special Appeal to All of You in a Difficult Time

We now find ourselves in a deeply precarious position. With the uncertainties of gatherings and travel, we are losing significant tuition and ticket revenue in these months. As we work together to define a new realm of normalcy, we need to reach our goal, and then some. We ask you, our loyal friends, to join with us so that we may pay our beloved Apple Hill String Quartet and the entire dedicated office staff (now all on a reduced salary and schedule) and proceed with necessary improvements to our facilities (currently on hold), as we adapt to continuing our mission.
As you can tell from reading our Alumni Highlights below, Apple Hill makes a meaningful difference. And we've been making a difference for nearly half a century! Apple Hill's strength is the mission at its core: the invaluable lessons of community building and connection taught through the skills of chamber music.
In this difficult time, please help Apple Hill remain strong for another half century. Read our Spring Appeal letter here to see how you can help. Your gift of any amount is greatly appreciated.
Stay safe and be well with love,
Lenny Matczynski


With equal focus on rigorous instruction and supportive community, the Summer Chamber Music Workshop has fostered musical growth since its founding in 1971. Director Lenny Matczynski, the Apple Hill String Quartet and renowned faculty coach musicians of all ages, levels, and cultures who are placed in chamber groups by ability rather than age.

Committed to fulfilling our mission, but with safety concerns of paramount importance, Apple Hill has shifted to hosting an abbreviated, online summer program. Open to all, this combination of concerts, lectures, and discussions will embody the unique and diverse music-making of the Apple Hill community. Links will be available here and videos of live streams will be shared the following day on our YouTube channel.

In light of the present challenging times, these programs will be presented to all free of charge. Especially now, your donations make this possible. We encourage you to donate now.


There are so many fascinating people associated with Apple Hill—students, faculty, resident musicians, employees, and board. Read about some of them here. Our latest Alumni Highlight is Lupe Vargas-Garcia, a music teacher in Dallas, TX.
Click here to read more.


Wherever you are on the globe, watch one of our videos and be immediately transported to the sights and sounds of Apple Hill!
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Apple Hill is recognized worldwide as a center for the teaching and performance of chamber music at the highest level.  Founded in 1971, Apple Hill offers educational and mentoring programs each summer as part of its Summer Chamber Music Workshop consisting of five, 10-day sessions held on its 100-acre campus of farm buildings and cabins in Nelson, NH.  300 students, ages 13 to 85, participate in pre-assigned, small instrumental ensembles coached daily by a renowned teaching faculty of 45 instructors. Apple Hill provides a supportive and inclusive atmosphere of mutual respect and acceptance, regardless of a participant’s skill level or background.  Apple Hill’s success and richness of experience derives from its geographically, culturally, and economically diverse spectrum of students and faculty.  In 2019, the students and faculty hailed from 31 states and 14 countries:  Canada, China, Cyprus, Egypt, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Mexico, Peru, Syria, Turkey, and the United States.

Apple Hill's programs are guided by its overarching vision of Playing for Peace, developed by Apple Hill in 1988 as a way to enable musicians from areas with a history of political conflict to play chamber music together. Over the span of 30 years, Playing for Peace has built more musical communities throughout the world, bringing together musicians underrepresented in classical music, separated by racial or ethnic discord, or separated by gender, orientation, religion, age, and playing level. Apple Hill’s unique approach to community building and connection is taught through the skills of chamber music—being sensitive and flexible, watching, listening, taking risks, and adjusting within a group. In this context, musicians learn to trust, communicate, and connect with each other in ways that transcend boundaries they may encounter in their home communities. Through partnerships with music education programs throughout the country and the world, Apple Hill ensures access and diversity through a generous tuition assistance program.

The Apple Hill String Quartet serves as Apple Hill’s artistic directors, traveling, teaching, and performing 60 concerts and educational residencies locally and internationally throughout the year to recruit workshop participants and to serve as ambassadors for Apple Hill’s mission of creating community and fostering artistic growth through chamber music.

Apple Hill presents a popular, public Summer Concert Series of ten live chamber music recitals in its Concert Barn, preceded by ListenUp! talks and buffet suppers. Concerts feature the Apple Hill String Quartet, summer session faculty, renowned guest artists, and Apple Hill alumni playing standard repertoire of the classical chamber music canon, newly-commissioned works, premieres, music of other cultures, lesser-known composers, and music of our time.

Mission of Apple Hill

Apple Hill exists to perform, teach, and create chamber music at the highest standard, broaden the appreciation of chamber music through the development of educational programs, and cultivate connection and understanding among people of diverse backgrounds, cultures, playing levels, and ages through the Playing for Peace program.