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Quick Facts about Heifetz Institute


  • Established by violinist Daniel Heifetz in 1996.
  • The 501(c)3 non-profit organization is funded solely by individual donors, corporate sponsors, foundations, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
  • It is an intensive, six-week summer program for the world’s most brilliant young artists of violin, viola, and cello
  • Its mission: "To develop the expressive potential of every performer,” is accomplished through the innovative Heifetz Performance and Communication Training©, which provides students training in voice, public speaking, freedom of expression, movement, and drama.
  • Faculty include renowned concert artists and teachers from the world’s great conservatories, including The Juilliard School, Curtis Institute of Music, New England Conservatory of Music, Peabody Conservatory of Music, Cleveland Institute of Music, Manhattan School of Music, and Eastman School of Music.
  • Public concerts are held weekly to showcase the "Stars of Tomorrow," but also world-renowned faculty in the "Celebrity Series."
  • Auditions are held each January at some of the nation’s top conservatories. Students may also upload audition videos online.
  • Each year, hundreds of students apply. Only 62 are selected to attend.
  • Students come to study at the institute from all over the world. They represent diverse social and economic backgrounds and range in age from 13 to 24. In 2011, more than half the students were younger than 18.
  • Tuition for the summer institute is $5,600, which includes room, board, and tuition. Scholarships are available to qualified students.