Between learning from nationally renowned musicians and making new friends, Summer Music Institute at Tateuchi Hall is a unique music experience where students grow personally and musically. The summer program offers high-level training to intermediate and advanced string players and pianists who are selected by audition to participate.

Over the course of two weeks, 25 accomplished music students (in violin, piano, viola and cello) from the Bay Area and beyond participated in masterclasses, recitals and chamber music ensembles. The program provided ample opportunities to perform, honing professionalism, developing leadership skills and building self-confidence.

Nishanth (violin) was excited to join the program this year. The 14-year-old said this was his first time participating in the program and he enjoyed collaborating with other students.

“I learned a lot about style and notes and what those phrases mean,” Nishanth said. “My favorite part (of the program) was the group lessons or masterclasses. I took a lot away from getting a third-person view of playing.”

The Breshears String Quartet, also known as Stars Aligned Siblings/Little Stars Trio practices before a student performance in Tateuchi Hall.


Student Salome plays piano during a student practice performance.


Student Starla plays the cello during a student practice performance.


Florin Parvelescu, Artistic Director of the Music at Tateuchi Program, Cellist Brinton Averil Smith (Houston Symphony) and CSMA Distinguished Faculty member Axel Schmitt (piano) perform Myrten, Op. 225 by Robert Schumann during a faculty concert on July 18.


Violinist Joo-Mee Lee (Stanford University) and Axel Schmitt (piano, CSMA Distinguished Faculty) perform Sonata for Violin & Piano in G Major, K301 by W.A. Mozart during a faculty concert on July 18.


Violist Jay Liu (San Francisco Symphony) and CSMA Distinguished Faculty Member Ihang Lin (piano) perform Viola Sonata in F Minor, Op. 120, No. 1 by Johannes Brahms during a special faculty concert.


A student ensemble performs during the final concert for the Music at Tateuchi program. (Pictured from left to right: Salome (piano), Matthew (violin), Aiden (cello), and Colin (viola).


Noah (cello) and CSMA Faculty member Gabriela Cornejo play Concerto Cello in E Minor, Op. 85 by Edward Elgar, during a student concert.



Photos and Text By TaLeiza Calloway-Appleton

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