We will be accepting applications for the 2020 season starting on December 1, 2019. All application materials are due no later than March 15th, 2020. Admissions decisions will be made by April 10, 2020. Get those creative ideas rolling, and be sure to check the new Application Guidelines on December 1.
We are delighted to announce the resident ensembles and composers for the 2019 season. Please go to the Residents Page to see who will be joining us.
The 2018 season has come to a close, and we are thrilled with the brilliant work and joyous camaraderie that filled every week. 112 ensembles ranging from early music to new music, vocal, instrumental, and various combinations, along with about 30 collaborating composers, and some inter-disciplinary projects as well. This was also our biggest outreach year yet, with more than 60 ensembles connecting with the community in 15 different venues. Thank you to everyone for making the 2018 season wonderful in every way!
We are thrilled to announce the list of ensembles and composers who will join us for the 2018 season! It will be a diverse and exciting season, with a wonderful balance of new music and traditional ensembles. Please go to the Residents page on this website to check the full list of ensembles and composers.
It’s been about a month since we finished up the 2017 season, and it was, once again, a resounding success. We hosted 124 ensembles and more than 40 composers, which added up to about 500 individuals! Needless to say, the new West Wing was filled from the moment we were able to use it. As in the past, the ensembles’ specialties spanned most of music history, from medieval vocal ensembles to the most unusual instrumentations and compositions. On the “traditional” side, we had 13 string quartets, 6 piano trios/quartets, 2 wind quintets, and 8 early music ensembles. We also had 60 outreach events in 15 different venues. It is abundantly clear how important these events have been for cementing our excellent relationships within the community of Boscawen, and other neighboring towns.
Chamber orchestras and vocal ensembles of varying size and repertoire filled out the roster. Our residents came from all parts of the USA, as well as Israel, and Canada, and within some American groups, musicians from all over the world. Every musician reiterated with gratitude, that Avaloch is providing a unique and unparalleled experience, an essential resource for their development, and most extraordinarily, makes them feel truly valued. And of course, the fabulous food definitely has a lot to do with everyone’s sense of well-being!
If you are interested, please go to the Residents page of our website to learn more about the ensembles and composers who joined us.
Construction on our new wing is moving along nicely, despite the snows. The “West Wing” will be a one story version of the original red-barn-style South Wing, and will house 12 more residents and provide three new large studios. We are also creating more swing space as a flexible, connected bedroom/studio.
Hard to believe that in 2017, only our fifth season, we will be welcoming more musicians each week. This expansion will make it easier to accept ensembles like chamber orchestras and larger vocal ensembles. Watch FaceBook for building updates.
Visit our Residents page for a complete list of our 2016 ensembles and composers.
Join us for an evening celebrating the outstanding and diverse ensembles who have explored the boundaries of creativity, imagination and sound while in residence at Avaloch Farm Music Institute. This exciting program of contemporary and classical chamber music will feature compositions by Andy Akiho and performances by New Morse Code, Aizuri Quartet, aTonal Hits, loadbang, Longleash, and the Sebastians. Tickets available soon on the National Sawdust website: www.nationalsawdust.org.
The 2015 Avaloch Farm season will be remembered as the “tilting point.” It marks a transition from a hope into a vibrant reality. Deb and I thought at least 5 years would be required for the Avaloch idea to take hold. Success for us was that news of our venture would effectively spread through the music community as a sanctuary for musicians and their composers. After two and half seasons we have seen that idea emerge fully realized. This year we achieved the numerical parameters of nearly full occupancy and a waiting list to participate. But numbers are only part of the story. We hoped that the Avaloch experience would capture more than the traditional concert spectrum of classical chamber music, but would also include the best in new music. Again, our aspirations were fulfilled. This year we heard exciting newly commissioned works, as well as innovative projects with pre-20th century compositions sprinkled with representation from the world of jazz. Outstanding performances of re-discovered early 17th century manuscripts, newly transcribed pre-20th century music, and works from the folk genre broke the mold, so to speak. I suppose the last concert of the season captured it all. As Deb reported, “It was an extraordinary evening that turned into a “jam” of sorts when one of the singers couldn’t contain herself and sang one of the Schumann songs they had transcribed for cello and piano. Then another, and another, and another cellist joined in, and then we were all singing!” And that is what Avaloch Farm has become. Thanks to all for your support and appreciation. We are building a community and to that end, our success is yours as well.
Those of you who have been residents at Avaloch know the drill when you leave: 1. linens in the laundry room, 2. keys in the bowl outside the office, and 3. SIGN THE BOOK!
Nearly everyone who has joined us has added a comment to the guest book, and the feeling seems to be unanimous. There is nowhere else for musicians to accomplish so much, while feeling so relaxed and cared for. Everyone mentions the fabulous food, the gorgeous surroundings, and especially, the wonderful connections and relationships formed with the musicians outside one’s own ensemble. What fun it was to attend a concert by Avaloch musicians in New York, and see a number of other Avaloch alums there to support their friends! The community is a strong and powerful one, which came to life the moment the first musicians stepped on the grounds on August 18th, 2013. We now know that it will continue to grow and flourish.
Fred and I could not be more thrilled. It is a dream come true, with a depth and diversity beyond our expectations. We thank everyone for being part of making Avaloch a unique, vibrant, essential resource.