Behind the Scenes
Chamber Music @ New Park combines the connective power of chamber music with a stunning location to create unforgettable experiences for both the audience and the performers... the concerts offer beautifully curated, top-notch performances by artists they otherwise wouldn't have a chance to hear. I loved my experience and can't wait to return!
Retreat for Professional Musicians
Each year during the first week of September, professional musicians from around the world visit New Park for a special musicians' retreat. We step out of our everyday roles in our respective musical communities to make music with friends, new and old, in a relaxing, intimate, and inspiring setting. Some musicians have performed together for years while others meet for the first time at the festival. Many are new to Ithaca. All leave with lasting memories, friendships, and new repertoire under their belts.
In the weeks leading up to the festival, musicians are assigned repertoire and ensembles and begin preparing their individual parts. Typically, everyone arrives three days before the opening concert of the festival. We spend the week getting acquainted through intensive rehearsals and a variety of activities; bonfires, family-style meals, hikes, and group outings that showcase the best of Ithaca: the Farmer's Market, the Commons, restaurants, parks, and Cayuga Lake.
As musicians, we are constantly trying to hone our skills; to learn, create, collaborate, and share music with others. Chamber Music at New Park provides artists with an opportunity to do all of the above in a beautiful and relaxing space, while connecting with an open-minded, welcoming, and diverse audience that reflects Ithaca's important values. We are grateful for an opportunity to learn from each other in such a supportive and energizing environment.
Training for Young Musicians
An important element of the festival is engaging and mentoring young aspiring musicians. To support this mission, families and children of all ages are welcome and tickets are free for those under the age of eighteen for every concert.
In mid-August, we extend an invitation to music programs, teachers, and schools to recommend eligible advanced students for our annual Side-by-Side concert, which concludes the festival. During the week, the selected musicians are invited to New Park for a side-by-side rehearsal and picnic where we get to know one another, work together, and chat about life as musicians. It is an incredibly fun and rewarding opportunity for everyone involved and we look forward to it all year long. If you would like to take part in our educational activities or recommend a young musician, please write us at firstname.lastname@example.org