The image of a music hall, deathly quiet, with a somber quartet of musicians sitting stiffly and playing stately music by such composers as Mozart or Brahms is nearly always what comes to mind when the subject of classical music comes up. The Heifetz International Institute of Music at Mary Baldwin College is working to dispel this traditional image and make classical music accessible to everyone.
The Heifetz Institute is a non-profit organization in collaboration with Mary Baldwin College. It is a six-week summer solo and chamber music institute for students studying violin, viola, or cello. The program focuses on teaching the students how to communicate through their music and interact with the audience. During the rigorous training, students are taught by a faculty of internationally recognized professional musicians.