ADAM SUMMER SCHOOL
13-21 February 2021 | An unrivalled opportunity to learn from the very best
The annual Adam Summer School is presented by the New Zealand String Quartet and held in Nelson each February. It is generously sponsored by the Adam Foundation, and provides the opportunity for up to 30 talented young string players and pianists to commit themselves to eight days of intense chamber music-making under the guidance of the New Zealand String Quartet and guest pianist-in-residence, Richard Mapp.
In the balmy setting of mid-summer Nelson, students will:
Benefit from world class coaching from New Zealand’s best chamber musicians
Be inspired by an intense period of music-making
Work with the best of their peers from throughout New Zealand
Participate in daily masterclasses
Perform a major chamber music work following their week of in-depth study
The course is fully residential with hostel accommodation provided by Tasman Bay Backpackers. All main meals are provided.
Participants have one two-hour group coaching session each day. Opportunities for individual instrument tuition from the tutors have also been built into the daily schedule.
Two Finale Concerts take place at the conclusion of the school featuring each group's performance.
COVID-19 and the Adam Summer School
Due to New Zealand border restrictions, we are unable to accept international applications for the 2021 Adam Summer School.
The Summer School may be impacted by regional restrictions. Should different regions be subject to different restrictions, preventing the travel of students to Nelson the ensembles and music may be altered to ensure the school can proceed. If restrictions prevent a significant number of students, or the NZSQ, from travelling to Nelson the school is likely to be cancelled and course fees refunded. The health and safety of everyone attending the Adam Summer School remains our priority and we will ensure the spaces and activities of the school comply with restrictions necessary, including but not limited to public gatherings and social distancing.
How to Apply
2021 applications are now closed
Students attending should be tertiary level and above; however, consideration will be given to all interested applicants. Individual students accepted for the School will be placed in groups following the auditions. Consideration will be given to pre-formed groups and each applicant in the ensemble must submit an individual application.
As inclusion in the Adam Summer School will be determined by audition recording, care should be taken to prepare audition recordings to a very high standard. To ensure the selection process is fair and transparent, tutors will listen to recordings 'blind'.
- Provide a YouTube or Vimeo link to a 15-minute or more AUDIO RECORDING ONLY. Students who submit a recording with video may not be considered for acceptance.
- Audition recording submissions must feature two contrasting styles to demonstrate highest technical and musical level and be from within the last 6 months.
- String players may submit either unaccompanied repertoire or works with piano.
- Pianists must submit solo repertoire.
A limited number of scholarships for financial assistance with course fees are available to those students demonstrating financial hardship. Please apply to firstname.lastname@example.org with a brief outline of your circumstances before application deadline, 6 November 2020. Late scholarship applications will not be accepted.
Adam Summer School scholarships are made available through the generosity of individual supporters to the Adam Summer School Scholarship Fund.
Application Process Key Dates:
Applications open - 7 September 2020
Applications close - 6 November 2020
Notification of acceptance, waitlist, or decline - 20 November 2020