Life at Norfolk
The Ellen Battell Stoeckel Estate is the summer home of the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival/Yale Summer School of Music. Facilities on the 70-acre estate include:
- our acoustically superb performance hall, the Music Shed
- individual practice spaces
- private rehearsal studios for each ensemble
- lecture hall
- music library
- professional recording facilities
- Festival artist residences
- dining hall
- laundry facility
- art gallery (during the New Music Workshop only)
- wireless internet access
- many green spaces and a baseball field where Festival artists, fellows, and staff often enjoy impromptu games of soccer, softball, or ultimate frisbee
Housing and Meals
Fellows are housed with families in the Norfolk community. The tradition of host families began in the earliest days of the Yale Summer School of Music and is reflective of the close relationship with School has with the town.
The dining hall provides excellent and diverse meals in a relaxed atmosphere where fellows, Festival artists, and staff enjoy time together. Special dietary needs will be accommodated. All fellows are required to participate in the housing and meal plans.
Festival Artist Performances + Emerging Artist Showcase
The Norfolk Chamber Music Festival concerts on Friday and Saturday evenings feature Festival artists and fellows. Fellows also have ample opportunity to perform on the Emerging Artist Showcase series, which offers concerts multiple times per week throughout the summer. All fellows receive free admission to all performances, and recordings are available.
The Town of Norfolk
With a summer population of a little more than 2,000, Norfolk has all the amenities and charm of a classic, small New England village. The grounds of the Ellen Battell Stoeckel Estate are located directly across the street from the center of this picturesque town. Learn more about the area in the Plan Your Visit section.
A typical day at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival/Yale Summer School of Music:
8–8:45 a.m. Breakfast
9–10:15 a.m. Rehearsal/Practice
10:30–11:45 a.m. Rehearsal/Practice
12–12:45 p.m. Lunch
1:15–2:30 p.m. Coaching/Rehearsal
2:45–4 p.m. Coaching/Rehearsal
4–5:15 p.m. Coaching/Rehearsal
6–6:45 p.m. Dinner
Evening: free time, sports, master class, Emerging Artist Showcase concert, or Festival Artist Series concert