New Asheville Chamber Music Institute to Debut at UNC Asheville in June

ASHEVILLE, NC – UNC Asheville will host a new summer music program, the Asheville Chamber Music Institute, June 13-18 on the campus. The institute will offer adult amateur woodwind and brass players of various levels the chance to study and play with world-class performers who are part of a new musical collaborative called Pan Harmonia. The Asheville Chamber Music Institute is one of only two all-wind programs of its kind in the nation this year.

Kate SteinbeckThe Asheville Chamber Music Institute is the brainchild of Asheville flutist Kate Steinbeck, and will be staffed by distinguished musicians who are part of Steinbeck’s new musical collaborative, Pan Harmonia, a project of Keowee Chamber Music. Steinbeck, who will serve as artistic director, is the recent recipient of a grant for artistic excellence from the National Endowment for the Arts. Steinbeck says she formed Pan Harmonia as a venue for new musical partnerships that will branch beyond typical chamber music repertoire and instrumentation.

The institute will feature six days of ensemble playing, individual coaching and instruction, the opportunity to play informally in different musical combinations, and a culminating concert at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 18, at UNC Asheville’s Reuter Center. Institute faculty will also perform on campus in a free concert of music by Steve Reich, Heitor Villa-Lobos and Bryan Burkett, at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, June 16, in Lipinsky Auditorium, as part of Pan Harmonia’s spring festival taking place May 9-June 19.

John BryantThe institute faculty will include Steinbeck, founding director of Keowee Chamber Music, who has performed and taught master classes across the United States and Europe; Eric Dircksen, a Washington, D.C.-based bassoonist and saxophonist who works regularly with the National Symphony, the Washington Concert Opera and Washington Ballet; trumpet player John Bryant who has soloed with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and performs with the Augusta Symphony, Albany Symphony and Kentucky Baroque Trumpets; and French horn player Jennifer Merrell who performs with the Greenville Symphony, subs with the Charlotte Symphony , and was a founding member of the Mountain Chamber Players in Brevard.

Musicians from Washington, D.C., New York and Wisconsin are among the early registrants for the Asheville Chamber Music Institute. Participants in the institute will have a chance to sample Asheville’s vibrant and diverse arts menu and enjoy accommodations in UNC Asheville’s modern residence halls, with meals provided and access to the fitness center. Double occupancy for participants and partners is available; commuter participants are also welcome.

Tuition for the week is $475. Other costs range from $75 for commuter participants, to $470 for six-day double-occupancy, $540 for single-occupancy. For more information and registration, visit pan-harmonia.org or, or call UNC Asheville’s Debra Marek at 828.251.6558.

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