FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

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General Program Information

  1. Who can apply to Apple Hill?

    We encourage students who have not performed chamber music before to apply, as well as experienced chamber musicians looking to explore expression and style at an even higher level.

  2. What ages do you accept?

    We accept musicians age 12 and up. 2016 participants ranged in age from 12 to 79.

  3. Do you have age specific sessions? (i.e. adults only or children only)

    All of our summer sessions are diverse in age, nationality, and playing level.

  4. What playing levels do you accept for the Summer Chamber Music Workshop?

    We accept all levels, from beginner to professional. In order to be comfortable playing the chamber music repertoire, it is best that students are at least at a beginning-to-intermediate playing level and have a basic technical understanding of their instrument. The chamber ensembles are coached with the expectation that students arrive with their music assignments prepared and ready to rehearse.

  5. Can I receive private lessons while I am at Apple Hill?

    Abundant individualized feedback will of course be provided during group coachings while maintaining a focus on chamber music. Private lessons are at the discretion and availability of the faculty. There will be a separate fee for this, to be negotiated between you and the faculty member with whom you will be taking lessons.

  6. As an adult, do I have to complete a physical examination/immunization form?

    Yes. Because we are an international summer program, it is imperative that all participants be up-to-date on their immunizations and boosters. New Hampshire state law requires that ALL participants submit a new health statement, health history, and immunization record every two years.

  7. May I borrow or rent an instrument?

    Please contact the Summer Workshop Administrative Director for information.

  8. May I leave campus on the session day off?

    You may leave campus on the day off, Wednesday, if you return on Wednesday evening or by your first ensemble rehearsal on Thursday. Participants under the age of 18 must be with their parents or have parental consent to leave campus unsupervised at any time.

  9. May I bring my computer and cell phone?

    Yes you may. However, we expect that everyone will be prepared to focus on their music performance skills and community-building. Apple Hill does not take responsibility for lost or stolen personal items. If you bring your cell phone, it is our strong policy that they are turned off completely during rehearsals, meal times, announcements, and group activities.

 

Application Procedure

  1. How do I apply?

    Click here for the online application, instructions, and deadlines.

  2. What should be included in the placement recording?

    Click here for information about recording requirements. Participants are assigned music and chamber groups according to playing ability, not age.

  3. Do I need to send in a placement recording if I am a returning participant?

    Yes! All applicants, new and returning, should submit a new recording with their application so that we can make appropriate music assignments.

  4. When will I know if I’m accepted?

    Once we have received your completed application form, $75 application fee, and placement recording, we can begin processing your application for acceptance. You should hear back from us in two weeks if you have been accepted. Once you are accepted, you must submit a non-refundable deposit ($900 for one session; $1,700 for two sessions) in order to secure your place and receive a music assignment.

  5. If I apply early, am I guaranteed to get into the session of my choice?

    The earlier you complete the application process, including the application fee and submission of the audition recording, the better your chances are of securing a spot in your preferred session. We begin receiving applications for the following summer as early as October.

 

Music Assignments

  1. How many chamber music assignments will I have, and how soon will I know what they are?

    Every participant receives two chamber music assignments. On rare occasions, some participants may receive three depending on the needs of the groups. By May 18, music assignments will be completed and posted on our website. Please come prepared to rehearse your music at a high level from the first day of the session.

  2. Where can I get my music?

    The Summer Workshop Administrative Director will contact you shortly after music assignments are posted with information about how to get your music.

  3. Which music edition should I order?

    We can work from most popular editions. Barenreiter and Henle editions are our preference when available, but these are expensive and can take a long time to order. It is best to email the other musicians in your group to see what edition they choose to work from. You can also consult your teacher.

  4. Where can I find the email addresses for musicians in my music groups?

    Email amelia@applehill.org and we will forward your email address to other group members.

 

Housing

  1. May my spouse, parent, or children stay with me in a cabin at Apple Hill?

    At this time, Apple Hill only has adequate housing for musicians, faculty, and summer staff participating in the workshop session. We are located near Keene, New Hampshire, which has hotels and Bed & Breakfasts. Your family may also find lodging through our off-campus housing program. We welcome your family members to apply for the session as well! Because of our Playing for Peace mission, we work very hard to foster community and would like everyone on campus to be involved in music making!

  2. How does the housing work?

    Participants are assigned cabins based on age and gender. Participants under the age of 18 will be housed in cabins with a Counselor Worker (CW), a work-study participant over the age of 18. There will be approximately one CW for three to five underage participants. Participants over age 18 will be in cabins of 2-4 people. Adult participants have the option of off-campus housing; contact the Summer Workshop Administrative Director for more information.

  3. How does supervision work for students under the age of 18?

    At each session, there will be the Executive Director, the Summer Music Coordinator, the Summer Workshop Administrative Director, three Camp Directors (CDs), and nine Counselor Workers (CWs). All off-campus trips will be supervised by a CD and/or CW.

 

Travel: Arrival and Departure

  1. Is there anything I need to know before booking a flight to Apple Hill?

    We recommend flying into Manchester, NH (1 ½ hour away); Boston Logan Airport (2 – 2 ½ hours); or Bradley (Hartford, CT) (2 hours). Choose a flight that will allow you to arrive at Apple Hill before 5pm Friday, and will allow you to stay on campus until 4 or 5pm on the final Sunday. If you should need to spend extra time at Apple Hill before or after your session to accommodate travel, please contact the Summer Workshop Administrative Director for information on room and board fees. Finally, make sure to allow both time and money to travel between Apple Hill and any airports–we do not provide a shuttle service and public transportation is very limited in this area.

  2. How do I get from the airport to Apple Hill?

    Click here to see more information on traveling to Apple Hill. Please note that Apple Hill pays travel expenses only for international Playing for Peace scholarship recipients.

  3. What time do I need to be there? When does the session end?

    Each session begins on Friday, with registration between 2-5 pm and our first community dinner at 6:30. The sessions end on the final Sunday at 5pm.

  4. May I arrive early or stay an extra day for travel reasons?

    Please contact the Summer Workshop Administrative Director to discuss housing availability and room and board fees.

  5. I am staying for two sessions and would like to travel during the bridge. Am I allowed to do this?

    If your music assignments for the following session are prepared, you are free to travel from Sunday after 5pm to no later than Friday morning of the next session. You will need to make all travel arrangements. We are not staffed to provide transportation to airports and trains for this purpose. Participants under the age of 18 must have parental consent to leave campus unsupervised, or be in the company of a family member.

  6. May I leave the workshop session a day early?

    All participants are expected to attend the entire workshop, including all final participant concerts.

  7. What should I pack?

    Click here to see our recommended packing list. Please note that Apple Hill is not responsible for any lost or stolen items, and we are not able to mail you any items that have been left behind after your session.

 

Performances

  1. When are the participant final performances?

    At the end of every session, there are two opportunities for participants to perform. Family and friends are welcome and encouraged to attend the concerts on the final Saturday evening at 7 pm and on Sunday afternoon at 1:30 pm. Family and friends are also welcome to attend the pre-concert meals, dinner Saturday at 5:30 and lunch Sunday at noon; please contact the Summer Workshop Administrative Director in advance to reserve.

 

Visitors

  1. May I have guests on campus?

    At this time, Apple Hill only has adequate housing for musicians, faculty, and summer staff participating in the workshop session. We are located near Keene, New Hampshire, which has hotels and Bed & Breakfasts. Your guests may also find lodging through our off-campus housing program. We welcome your family members to apply for the session as well! Because of our Playing for Peace mission, we work very hard to foster community and would like everyone on campus to be involved in music making.

  2. May my parent, sibling, or partner hang out during the session to watch?

    The residential workshops are only available for enrolled participants. Your family is welcome to visit during our first Friday dinner of the session, and may join us for meals on the final weekend workshop performances on Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon. Friends and family are also welcome to attend dinner and faculty concerts on Tuesday nights.

 

Summer Job Opportunities

  1. How can I become a Camp Director or Counselor Worker?

    We would love to consider you for either of these roles. Camp Directors must be at least 25 years of age, previous Apple Hill participants, and experienced musicians. Counselor Workers should be at least 21 or older, previous Apple Hill participants, and experienced musicians. Limited spots are available for CWs over 18. If you are interested and meet the age requirement, please complete the application process by February 1, noting in the comment section your interest in a CW or CD position. We encourage you to apply as early as possible, as these spots are very limited.

 

Forms and Extended Information