Apple Hill exists to create, perform, and teach 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 and cultures through the Playing for Peace program.
Winner of the 2015 CMAcclaim award from Chamber Music America and the Ewing Arts award from NH’s Monadnock region, Apple Hill is a non-profit arts organization, situated on 100 acres of fields and woodlands in rural New Hampshire, that builds long-term learning relationships between professional and student musicians of all ages, levels, and cultures. The organization offers educational and mentoring programs each year to 300 students on-site as part of the Summer Chamber Music Workshop and to thousands more throughout the world while producing approximately 60 concerts each year. These concerts feature Apple Hill’s resident ensemble, the Apple Hill String Quartet; Workshop faculty; and students in venues throughout N.H., the U.S., and across the globe. Over 50,000 students from around the world have attended Apple Hill’s workshops since its founding in 1971.
Central to the mission of Apple Hill is Playing for Peace, a program about the power of diversity and acceptance. In an effort to break down walls, students with cultural, ethnic, religious, economic, and political differences are paired together. In small ensembles, they play music focusing on the five skills of chamber music – listening, watching, adjusting, sensitivity, and being flexible—the same skills needed to work and function effectively in the world. Everyone learns not only to play music but also to communicate and connect with each other in ways that may not be possible in their home communities.
Apple Hill extends not only musical coaching but mentorship as well. During a residency, the students experience the warm family atmosphere of Apple Hill and become part of the larger camp community, sharing meals, chores, and social events; creating a unique musical as well as human community.
Playing for Peace is considered a unique model for cultural exchange. The goal for this program is to offer everyone a unique opportunity to transcend national and cultural boundaries and create meaningful bonds of friendship and understanding while participating in an exceptional pedagogical program that encourages leadership and the development of confidence, creativity, and ambition.
Apple Hill uses Chamber Music as the educator to teach the importance of leadership, teamwork, and friendship.