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Spend 10 Days in the Boundary Waters

You're invited to participate in 10 fun-filled days of music making in a warm, nurturing, and encouraging environment. Come prepared to work hard and enjoy hiking, canoeing, swimming, and other outdoor activities during your free time!

© Scott Stowell & Star Tribune 2018

© Scott Stowell & Star Tribune 2018


Study with World Renowned Musicians
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Join violinists Ariana KimYoung-Nam Kim and Cecilia Belcher, violist Sally Chisholm and cellists Richard Blecher and Jane Cords-O'Hara as they lead you through ten days of intense chamber music study.  Between coached rehearsals and master classes, you will have many opportunities for one-on-one conversations. A camp fire and sauna at night, the Northern Lights in the sky, and the sound of loons on the lake will lull you to sleep each night after a day packed with musical adventures and outdoor fun. At the end of the week, you will enjoy the rare opportunity of performing with your faculty, fellow students, and community musicians at three distinctive public concerts.


Young-Nam Kim,
Artistic Director & Violin

Young-Nam Kim has appeared in numerous festivals and as a soloist with orchestras including the Minnesota Orchestra and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. He has collaborated in concerts and recordings with such distinguished artists as Louis Krasner and Yo-Yo Ma and served as head of chamber music activities at Gunther Schuller's Festival at Sandpoint for over a decade.  


Ariana Kim, Violin

Ariana Kim is a Professor at Cornell University. Ariana made her debut with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra at age 16 and her Carnegie Hall solo recital debut during her graduate studies at Julliard. She is the new violinist of the International M. Prize Chamber Arts Competition winning Aizuri Quartet, now in residence at the Met in New York City and the gold medal recipient of the 2017 Osaka International Chamber Music Competition.


Sally Chisholm, Viola

Sally Chisholm is a Professor and Artist-in-Residence at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. As a member of the Pro Arte String Quartet since 1991, she has toured the United States (including a performance at the White House), Korea, and Japan. She appears annually at the Marlboro Music Festival in Vermont. 


Cecilia Belcher, Violin

Cecilia Belcher is the new Assistant Principal Second Violin of the Minnesota Orchestra. She is also Principal Second Violin of the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra in Houston, served as concertmaster of the Reno Philharmonic and the New World Symphony. She has also toured with the Knights Chamber Orchestra in the U.S. and abroad.


Richard Belcher, Cello

Richard Belcher is the founding cellist of the Grammy-nominated Enso String Quartet and the Principal Cellist of the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra in Houston Texas. His recordings and performances in many of the world's major concert venues have received high praise from critics and audiences alike.

Jane Cords-O'Hara, cello

Jane Cords-O'Hara made her recital debut at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall in 2006 as a winner in the Artists International competition. She has played with The Knights, Orchestra of St. Lukes, the Irish Chamber Orchestra, and the Silk Road Ensemble. Currently teaching at the Blake School in Minneapolis, Jane performs regularly with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra.



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In partnership with: Vermilion Camp and funding, in part, from House of Note.