Lake Placid Institute Chamber Music Seminar

Unfortunately due to Covid-19, We will not be hosting our 2020 Chamber Music Seminar.
Please check in early 2021 for the dates and schedule for next years seminar.

August 10-14 2020
Lake Placid, NY

This seminar offers adult string players and pianists the opportunity to play and study great chamber music in New York’s beautiful Adirondack Park. Participants will work with world-class faculty in a relaxed and supportive atmosphere, focusing on ensemble techniques and general musicianship. Participants may come as individuals or as part of a pre-formed group


Program Information

A typical day includes morning and afternoon coaching sessions plus optional late afternoon and evening activities including sight-reading, master classes, a faculty concert and participant performances. Coaching sessions take place at the Lake Placid Baptist Church and performances are held at the Hotel North Woods' Cabin Grill, a warm and intimate setting with charming Adirondack décor. A late afternoon break allows time for recreation, rest or enjoying the group social hour before dinner. Participants who enroll as individuals should have basic music-reading skills and a command of the instruments adequate for playing chamber music. (Levels A, B or C+ by the ACMP-The Chamber Music Network’s self grading system at Please include a description of your musical background and chamber music experience.

A late afternoon break will allow time for recreation, rest or enjoying the group social hour before dinner.

Tuition for the entire session is $800. There is a special discount tuition of $750 if you pay in full by March 1st. The application along with a $100 deposit is due by April  1st, The $100 deposit is refundable only to applicants who withdraw before the April 1st deadline. The remaining balance will be due by June 1st. We regret that we cannot refund any fees after July 1st 


Participants who enroll as individuals should have a command of the instruments adequate for playing chamber music and reading music comfortably. (See Application Form for ACMP Skill Rating information and guidelines for describing your musical background and chamber music experience.).



Faculty Concert

Wednesday, August 12th, 7-8pm

at the Cabin Grill in the Hotel North Woods


Participants Concerts

Friday, August 14h, 2pm & 6pm

at the Cabin Grill in the Hotel North Woods

Open to the Public!


Reservations can be made directly with our sponsoring hotel the Hotel Northwoods at, 518-523-1818 or 866-294-7171. Reference the Lake Placid Institute Chamber Music Seminar to receive a special rate. Special rates are available if reservations are made by July 1st. 



Linda Rosenthal, Artistic Director/violin
Violinist Linda Rosenthal has performed throughout North America, Europe and Asia in recitals, as soloist with orchestras, chamber musician and as co-creator/solo violinist of Strings & Stories, a 2-person show for young audiences. Based in Juneau, Alaska,
Rosenthal is Artistic Director Emeritus of Juneau Jazz & Classics and performs extensively throughout Alaska and in the "Lower 48", frequently under the auspices of the New York based Piatigorsky Foundation.

Kathleen Butler-Hopkins, violin
Kathleen Butler Hopkins received her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Juilliard School and her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Yale University. Her concert credits include performances in Carnegie and Merkin Recital Halls in New York and the Kennedy Center. Ms. Butler-Hopkins is Professor of Music at William Paterson University of New Jersey .

Steven Heyman, piano
Steve Heyman performs solo recitals, chamber music and concertos throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. He has won top prizes in over a dozen national and international competitions and currently serves on the faculties of Colgate University and Syracuse
University where he is an associate professor and co-chair of the Keyboard Department.

Laura Klugherz, violin and viola
Laura Klugherz performs as a soloist, chamber musician, and
concertmaster. She toured as soloist with the Munich Chamber Orchestra in both Europe and the U.S. As a recitalist, she has performed throughout Spain, South America and the United States. She is Professor of Violin/ Viola and Chamber Music, and Director of the Colgate Chamber Players at Colgate University.

Jeffrey Solow, cello
Jeffrey Solow maintains a busy schedule concertizing and teaching throughout the US, Europe, Latin America and Asia.  He also writes on a variety of cellistic topics and edits music for the cello. As a chamber musician, Mr. Solow has performed at the Santa Fe, Spoleto, Sitka, and Marlboro Festivals. and is currently Professor of Cello at Temple University.


Click Here to register online

Visit & click on “Grade Yourself”) before you register to get your ACMP Skill Rating

Please only use this if you are paying your remaining balance,

Payment for registration is made by clicking the registration button to the left

Contact Artistic Director Linda Rosenthal at: or (917)545-7103 

For general information, please contact the institute at: or (518)523-1312 

 For information about Lake Placid,

please visit the Lake Placid/Essex County Visitor’s Bureau. 

Master Class with Jeffrey Solow
Cherina Mastrantones, Michele Millington
Elaine Tai, Wayne Xia, Jackie Bergson, C
Barbara Barfield, Carlanne Herzog, Roger
David, Michele, Dale

Lake Placid Institute   P.O. Box 988   Lake Placid  NY 12946   518.523.1312