|About The School
Nestled among northwest Connecticut’s pastoral Litchfield Hills, the village of Norfolk has hosted the Yale Summer School of Music and Norfolk Chamber Music Festival since 1941.
We are proud of our decades-long tradition of providing professional, intensive and intimate training to gifted young musicians through one-on-one coaching, concerts, master classes and lectures.
Norfolk’s three renowned programs are the Chamber Music Session, the New Music Workshop, and Chamber Choir and Choral Conducting. The admissions process is highly competitive, as these programs are among the most selective summer music offerings in the world.
All participants receive a full scholarship covering tuition, housing and meals.
During the months of June, July and August, all three programs offer concerts on the Norfolk Festival Series and the Fellows’ Performance Series. Festival Series concerts on Friday and Saturday evenings feature the Artist-Faculty, visiting guest artists and Fellows. As an integral part of the School’s curriculum, all Fellows receive free admission to the performances. Festival concerts are frequently broadcast nationally on Public Radio.
Fellows also have ample opportunity to perform on the Felstival's Young Artists' Performance Series which offers concerts two or three times weekly. During the Chamber Music Session, ensembles are selected each week by the Faculty for inclusion in upcoming concerts. Programs for the Chamber Choir and New Music Workshop are determined prior to their respective sessions on the basis of the auditions. The Norfolk Young Artists' Performance has developed a strong following, attracting area residents as well as people who travel many miles to hear them. Each performance is professionally recorded, and Fellows may obtain CDs of their work. Fellows are also encouraged to perform in outreach presentations through the Festival’s nationally recognized Project Access program.