What is the daily schedule like?

Each Student’s daily schedule depends on their assigned studio classes and individually scheduled events. Students practice from 8:30-12:30 in the morning 6 days a week, and one hour in the afternoon from 5-6pm five days per week. The rest of the afternoon is free for lessons, chamber music rehearsals, coachings, masterclasses, guest artist events, accompanist’s rehearsals, concerts, off-campus trips and leisure time. All concerts are mandatory attendance. Curfew for minors and quiet hours for adults is 10pm. Click HERE for more information.

How does chamber music work at Meadowmount?

Placement is established according to your chamber excerpt audition that was submitted with your application. At the discretion of the Director and Faculty, students may be moved from groups as necessary at any time due to individual music ability, group dynamics, or coaching preference. Most students are assigned to one chamber music group. Select violin students will have two groups: one for violin, and one where they play viola. Most groups will be quartets, but there are also duets, trios, quintets, sextets, and even octets. Students receive at least one coaching per week from a Faculty member. Students are responsible to schedule and manage their own daily rehearsals, but help is available from assistants for the younger groups. At the end of the fifth week there is a chamber music competition for a performance spot in one of several on and off campus concerts. Click HERE for more information.

I’m a violinist assigned to play viola… what?!?

Ivan Galamian, the founder of Meadowmount believed that a violin student should be taught to play the viola to become an even more valuable chamber musician. The assignment to play and learn viola is considered an honor at Meadowmount. Students who do not own their own viola will be loaned a school instrument and receive instruction on how to read the clef. This is a very successful program.

How do I find out if I am performing in a concert?

Your Meadowmount Teacher and the Director select which students perform in concerts. Parents are invited to attend but should be aware that student performances are subject to change or cancelation at any time. Concert recordings are available for purchase.

How does Meadowmount handle playing injuries?

Students with injuries work with the Nurse and their Private Teacher to determine a practice program to fit their needs and get them back on track to full health. Students with pre-existing injuries can continue to follow their healing regiment established by their doctor. Yoga, Alexander Technique, Doctor Appointments, Massage and Physical Therapy services are available as needed. (Some classes or services require additional fees and a transportation fee. All additional fees are the responsibility of the student/family.)

What do students do in their free time?

There are a variety of on campus activities including table tennis, badminton, soccer, tennis, and basketball. The Common Room has books, board games, card games, puzzles, cable television and Wi-Fi. Weekends allow for more off-campus trips, sightseeing, hiking, church services and shopping.

Where do I practice?

The vast majority of students have singe bedrooms that also serve as their practice room. Students assigned to double occupancy rooms and piano students will have a practice room assigned to them.

How is the food?

Meadowmount is proud of its food service and spotless facilities. Our food service makes every effort to provide a variety of nourishing foods and accommodates vegetarian students at each meal. A large salad bar is available at lunch and dinner every day and a snack is available every afternoon. Our kitchen staff is notified of any food allergies a student may have. Click HERE for more information.

What if I have special dietary needs and/or food allergies?

Meals on our food line are labeled with ingredients listed as allergens, to avoid health hazards. Vegetarian and gluten free options are available at every meal Please note that due to the large volume of food being prepared, the kitchen is unable to prepare special foods for individual dietary needs. Peanut butter is served in individual sealed containers. At check in all students meet with the school nurse to discuss dietary needs.

What if I have problems with my instrument or bow while at Meadowmount?

Luthiers from Vermont Violins are on campus three to four days a week. They handle all types of repair and bow rehairs. They also sell strings, sheet music and more. They are a full service shop. Due to the high humidity at Meadowmount it is necessary to have your bow rehaired short before arrival.

How come my child attending Meadowmount never calls home?

This is a frequent occurrence. Don’t worry; it is good news. Your child is having a great time, practicing hard and making new friends. Feel free to call the office and we will get a message to your child and tell them to phone home. View our Cell Phone Policy.

When can I have a visitor?

Visitors are allowed on weekends. Saturday 12:30pm to 10pm and Sunday 9:00am to 10pm. Visitors must sign in at the office, meet students at the Main House and are not allowed to enter the dormitories unless they are a parent, guardian, or relative. Students age 18 or older are free to leave campus at any time. Minors may go off campus or spend Saturday night with a parent/guardian or designated visitor if we have a Signed Release by the parent in the office. All students must return on Sunday by 7:30pm to attend the evening concert.

When are Meadowmount Concerts?

We hold three weekly concerts on campus in the Ed Lee and Jean Campe Memorial Concert Hall on Sunday, Wednesday and Friday evenings at 7:30pm. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for youth and seniors. Special concerts or events cost more. (All Meadowmount Students and families attend for free.) Parking is free. Program information is available by calling the office the day of the performance. Off-campus concert sites typically include Plattsburgh, Keene Valley, Lake Placid and Westport. These concerts are announced in late June. Visit the Events Page for more information.

What should I bring to Meadowmount?

Best to check out our What to Bring Page. Be sure to read over the “what NOT to bring” so you don’t bring more then you should. We also sent a checklist with your admissions notification email.

What dress/performance clothing should I to bring?

Students are expected to dress up for concert attendance. Bring nice shoes, dressy pants or dresses, nice shirts, sport coats or blazers. Performance attire for Chamber Concerts is usually black and white, matching color shirts or all black. Solo performers sometimes wear tuxedos or long gowns of beautiful color. Look at our YouTube videos for attire ideas.

Is there a dress code?

Daily attire is casual summer wear. All students are expected to dress modestly and appropriately at all times. In the dining hall, no shoes, no shirt, no seat! Pajamas are not allowed in the dining hall. The dress code is listed in the school rules that are sent to admitted students. All students sign the school rules as agreement to abide by them.