Summer Music Institute at Tateuchi Hall stands out because of its extraordinary faculty: distinguished guest artists and members of nationally renowned orchestras.

Students participate in masterclasses, recitals and chamber music ensembles. The program provides ample opportunities to perform in public, honing professionalism, developing leadership skills and building self-confidence.

CSMA Summer Music Institute at Tateuchi Hall

About Summer Music Institute at Tateuchi Hall

Launched in 2017, Summer Music Institute at Tateuchi Hall provides an ideal environment for fostering young musical talent and focuses on providing students access to high-quality training with music professionals at the top of their field.

Read more about the program in a recent feature article from the Los Altos Town Crier, “Musical Mentoring: CSMA Summer Workshop Accelerates the Learning Curve.

Highlights of the program include:

  • Intended for emerging musicians aged 10-18.
  • Masterclasses exploring solo repertoire with world-renowned faculty.
  • One-on-one coaching sessions with faculty.
  • An in-depth and rigorous chamber music program.
  • Daily informal performance opportunities allowing students to hone their performance skills and become more comfortable on stage.
  • Formal performance opportunities for both solo and chamber music repertoire.
  • In-depth coaching on solo repertoire with staff collaborative pianists.
  • Lectures and group classes on performance, practicing effectively, and more.

Tuition & Dates

Program Dates

July 14-27, 2024

Program Tuition


Past Faculty

Florin Parvelescu served as Artist Director of the Music at Tateuchi Program since its launch in 2016.  Mr Parvelescu joined the San Francisco Symphony in 1998. From 1996 to 1998, he was a member of the St. Louis Symphony. As soloist and chamber musician, Mr. Parvulescu has appeared in recital series at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, Aspen Music Festival, Berkeley Chamber Music Series, Johannessen International School of the Arts in Victoria British Columbia, San Francisco Symphony Chamber Music Series; Heidelberg, Germany and Fontainebleau, France. He appeared as a soloist with the Xiamen Philharmonic in 2009 and 2010 and performed in chamber music concerts with pianists Kiril Gerstein and Anton Nel and performed Thomas Ades’s Piano Quintet with the composer at the piano. He has given masterclasses at the Beijing Conservatory and at the School for the Arts in Macau. He has been featured on the McGraw Hill Young Artist Showcase on WQXR radio NY and on National Public Radio. The San Francisco Chronicle praised him for his “gleaming tone and pyrotechnics.”

Joo-Mee Lee is a violinist with an extensive performing career as a soloist and chamber and orchestral musician. As a young musician, Lee gave solo and chamber music recitals at Aspen, Banff and Sarasota Music Festivals, and was selected as one of two Korean representatives for the Jeunesses Musicales World Orchestra which performed in the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Berlin Philharmonie, and Leipzig Gewandhaus.

While pursuing her graduate degree, she won the violinist positions for the Colorado Springs Philharmonic and the DaVinci String Quartet with which she gave numerous concerts and masterclasses throughout the U.S. More recently, Lee was a featured concerto soloist with the Stanford Symphonic Chorus Orchestra at Stanford Memorial Church, and she frequently appears as a guest concertmaster for the Peninsula Symphony. Lee is a lecturer in violin and chamber music in the Department of Music of Stanford University. She previously served as an artist-in-residence and violin faculty at the University of Denver and at Colorado College. She also taught at Brandeis University and New England Conservatory Preparatory School where she was a sought-after teacher.

Lee holds degrees from the Royal Academy of Music in London, England and from New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. She earned her Doctor of Musical Arts from Boston University where she was a Roman Totenberg Scholarship recipient, and awarded Pi Kappa Lambda upon graduation. Her doctoral dissertation is entitled "An Analytical Study of Three String Quartets of Bernard Rands."

Associate Principal Viola of the San Francisco Symphony since 1993, violist Yun Jie Liu has served on the faculty of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music since 2014, where many of his students have gone on to win prestigious positions in major symphony orchestras throughout the U.S., Europe and Asia. Mr. Liu regularly performs chamber music concerts and solo recitals in the most acclaimed venues in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington DC, Shanghai, and Hong Kong.

Born in Shanghai, China, Mr. Liu began violin studies at the age of five and subsequently entered the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. Upon graduation, he was named Assistant Professor of Viola. In 1986, Mr. Liu came to the United States to study with Professor Donald McInnes and Alan De Veritch at the University of Southern California. Three years later, he won his first orchestra position as Principal Viola with San Diego Symphony. Just a year later, Maestro Mstislav Rostropovich invited him to join the National Symphony in Washington DC.

A devoted pedagogue, Mr. Liu completed a three-week teaching residency in 2011 as a Fulbright Specialist at China’s Central Conservatory of Music and, from 1999 to 2015, he served as the viola coach of the Asian Youth Orchestra, as well as for the China National Youth Orchestra (NYO-China) in 2017.

Dr. Ihang Lin holds her Bachelor of Music degree from Taipei National University of the Arts, Master of Music from New England Conservatory and Doctor of Musical Arts from Boston University. She had been an instructor for one-on-one piano and group piano courses at Boston University from 2007-2009. From 2009 to 2013, she was piano faculty at South Shore Conservatory. Since moving to California in 2014, Dr. Lin had joined Opera San José as a pianist. In addition, she had been invited to Ticino Musica festival in Switzerland and International Lyric Academy in Italy as a collaborative pianist and répétiteur in summer 2018, 2019 and 2022. Currently, she is the piano faculty and collaborative pianist at Community School of Music and Arts, San José State University and San Francisco Opera Guild.

Violinist Robin Sharp is a solo performer, chamber musician, concertmaster, and teacher. Ms. Sharp is Concertmaster of the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra and a Senior Lecturer in Violin and Chamber Music at Stanford University. A frequent guest artist, she appeared this season as soloist with the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, and the Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra. Her chamber music engagements include ongoing collaborations with the Saint Michael Trio and Prospect Park Concerts in Pasadena. Ms. Sharp is also currently an active substitute violinist with the San Francisco Symphony.

Ms. Sharp has appeared in recital at many prestigious venues including Carnegie Hall in New York, the Musikverein in Vienna, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the National Music Hall in Taipei, and the Palace of the Legion of Honor in San Francisco where she performed on Jascha Heifetz’s Del Gesu violin.

Dr. Axel Schmitt, piano, earned a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of California, Los Angeles; a Master of Music from the University of California, Los Angeles; and a Bachelor of Arts from University of California, Los Angeles.

In April 2004, Axel Schmitt was the piano soloist in Beethoven’s Triple Concerto with the UCLA Philharmonia Orchestra. In the same year, he was invited to perform with the Grammy-winning Southwest Chamber-Music. His final doctoral recital at UCLA, which was announced as a featured recommendation in the LA Times, received a standing ovation from the audience. The program included Liszt’s transcription of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony and the Don Juan Fantasy, which is the subject of his doctoral dissertation. In 2007, he performed Beethoven’s Fifth Piano Concerto “Emperor” in Germany for a sold-out audience and received rave reviews from the press. In the same year, the United States government declared him an artist of extraordinary ability and granted him permanent residency.

At CSMA, he has performed solo and chamber-music in Tateuchi Hall to sold-out audiences. Axel Schmitt has participated in numerous international piano master-classes of Natalia Antonova, Dimitri Bashkirov, Sergei Dorensky, Elza Kolodin, Vitaly Margulis, Victor Merzhanov and others. Besides his solo activities, he has performed as an accompanist of singers, instrumentalists, and choirs. His extensive repertoire reaches from Bach to the 21st century and displays a special affinity for the music of Bach, Beethoven, and Liszt.

Brinton Smith has been the principal cellist of the Houston Symphony since 2005, and is also a faculty member of the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University and the Aspen Music Festival. He was previously a member of the New York Philharmonic and the principal cellist of the San Diego and Fort Worth symphonies. At age 10, Mr. Smith was admitted part-time to Arizona State University, studying mathematics, music and German, and he completed a B.A. in mathematics at age 17. He received his masters and doctoral degrees from Juilliard, studying with renowned cellist Zara Nelsova and writing on the playing of Emanuel Feuermann.

Sample Schedule

Daily Institute Schedule

9:00-10:00am – Private Lessons with Institute Faculty

10:00am-11:50am – Morning Performance Classes: (Masterclasses, Chamber Ensemble Coaching, Rehearsals with Accompanists)

12:00-1:00pm – Lunch Break

1:00-2:50pm – Afternoon Performance Classes

3:00-4:00pm – Institute Forum: Informal Performances and Lectures on Special Topics

Concert Schedule

Formal Student Concerts:

  • Dates to be announced

Faculty Concerts:

  • Dates to be announced

Application Process

Applications are opening soon! 


Step 1

Complete the application and submit your audition video.

Step 2

Pay the application fee by registering through CSMA’s online portal.  Applications will be considered incomplete until the application fee is received.

Step 3

Once the application and audition video have been reviewed students will be notified of their audition results by email.

Upon acceptance, applicants will receive registration instructions.

Accepted students are expected to participate for the full two-week period without absences.


Violin, viola, cello and piano students are welcome to apply.

Students can expect to fill their days with rigorous practice, master classes, lessons with master teachers, performances and chamber music, all while collaborating with other accomplished, pre-collegiate young musicians. The institute is designed as an introductory conservatory experience to encourage students to challenge themselves to perform at a higher level.

The application includes submission of a video of no less than 5 minutes and longer than 10 minutes containing excerpts from the required list below.  Please complete the application here.  The application deadline is April 30, 2023.

Required Audition Repertoire:

All applicants must submit a video recording which includes:

  • Violin: Two stylistically contrasting solos, one of which must be a movement from any Sonata or Partita for Violin Solo by J.S. Bach
  • Cello/Viola: Two stylistically contrasting solos, one of which must be a movement from any of the six suites for Cello/Viola Solo by J.S. Bach
  • Piano: One selection from the Baroque or Classical Period and one selection from the Romantic Period or later

Masterclasses and performance forums will give students the opportunity to perform solo pieces, and when appropriate, chamber music. The program will also conclude with a formal student recital.

About the Directors:

Chaz Fautch, Program Director, is the current Music School Director of CSMA where in addition to the Summer Institute at Tateuchi Hall, he directs the Merit Scholars program, private lesson program, and Music School classes while overseeing the school’s faculty community. In addition to his time as Director, he has performed as a pianist throughout the US and Europe, studied at The Juilliard School, and taught for more than twenty-five years with students winning prestigious competitions and performing at venues such as Carnegie Hall. Prior to CSMA, Mr Fautch has served as Executive Director for Passport to the Arts, a community concert and art exhibition program, Dean of Music Education, and served in leadership roles of several nonprofit boards. 

Dawn Harms, Artistic Director. Dawn Harms’ diverse career ranges from being a chamber musician, violin soloist, and concertmaster, to being a music director and conductor. She is a first violinist in the San Francisco Opera Orchestra, Associate Concertmaster for the New Century Chamber Orchestra, and Co-Concertmaster with the Oakland Symphony. She also records regularly at Skywalker Studios for movies and video games.  She teaches at Stanford University and is the conductor of the pre-college string orchestra at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Dawn is in her eleventh season as Music Director and conductor of the Bay Area Rainbow Symphony.


Harms was chosen as a Fellow at the exclusive American Academy of Conducting at the Aspen Music Festival, and has gone on to conduct the San Francisco opera orchestra, and regularly conducts as a clinician for high school honor string orchestras around the US.
A strong advocate for music education, Dawn has designed her own family show and has performed it throughout the United States, New Zealand, Japan.

She has performed chamber music with Lynn Harrell, Jake Heggie, Frederica von Stadt, and Nadja Solerno Sonnenberg. Dawn plays on her cousin Tom Waits’ CDs “Alice,” “Blood Money, and Bad Is Me. Dawn also has two solo CD’s, “The Black Swan” and “The Hot Canary” that can be found on Spotify and