Chamber Music High School Institute

July 5-10, 2020

Each summer Alfred University welcomes high school students from all over the country to participate in exciting summer camps. These programs offer a great opportunity to learn, sample life on a college campus and to meet other students with similar talents and interests.

The Program

The Summer Chamber Music Institute is a week-long overnight camp for String Players, Pianists, and Guitarists entering grades 9-12. Students have the opportunity to interact with world-class musicians and music educators from the MostArts Festival Orchestra residency. Our goal is to provide positive and creative experiences for musical and personal growth for every student, while having a great time at our beautiful Upstate NY campus.

Miller BuildingThe Miller Performing Arts Center

In this camp, students will be exposed to and participate in daily chamber music coaching, private lessons focused on mastering assigned chamber music repertoire, Masterclasses, Faculty Recitals, and a Student Chamber Music Performance on the last day for family and friends. Students have an opportunity to work on technique and explore various styles of chamber music playing.

Auditions are not required to be admitted, however all students should have a minimum of 3 full years of experience on their primary instrument. We do not accept beginners. You will discover new challenges to further your growth as a musician, make new friends, during an incredible week of music at the Summer Chamber Music Institute at Alfred University.


If you are a member of a district, county or section honor group, you will receive a $50 discount off the cost of the program. Members of all-state honor groups (all-state orchestra) will receive $100 off the cost of the program. Only one discount available (participant cannot request both)

To redeem your discount you must submit a photocopy of the 2019-2020 school year honor group program with your name listed. All discounts are subject to verification.


A limited number of partial scholarships are available. If you are interested and wish to apply, contact: Lisa Lantz at:


When not in classes, campers have lots of fun participating in a variety of recreational activities. Planned activities include indoor and outdoor games, hikes and movies, possible planned trips to the Equestrian Center, Foster Lake, and social gatherings at a local coffee house. There is also a farewell party on the last night of camp. Admissions interviews and campus tours can be arranged with the Admissions office by appointment (607-871-2115) on the last day of camp. Living, dining and learning together, campers have a great opportunity to get to know each other and develop lasting friendships.

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Tuition, Room & Board

Cost of Camp: $930.00 ($100 DEPOSIT DUE AT TIME OF REGISTRATION)

This covers tuition, supervision, program materials, recreational activities, housing and meals. Students stay in the University’s residence halls dedicated to summer campers. Campers are required to provide their own pillows, blankets and bed linens (to fit an extra-long twin mattress). Should the camper need, linens can be provided for an additional cost and you MUST let us know by June 1, 2020, for arrangements. Cafeteria-style meals are served in the University dining hall.

Commuter Rate for Local Students - $775.00
This covers tuition, daytime classes, program materials and lunch only. Commuting students must check-in at registration on Sunday and must arrive on campus by 9 AM for classes Monday through Friday. They must be picked up by 5 PM each day with the exception of Friday when pick-up time is 1 PM (after lunch).

How To Apply

Application Deadline: May 1, 2020. Registration opens February 1, 2020.


  • Complete the online application. Registration opens February 1.
  • Submit the $100 deposit at time of application – due May 1.
  • Provide a one-page essay telling us why you would like to attend (in your own words and signed).
  • Provide a letter of recommendation from Orchestra and/or private instructor on their letterhead.

We are again partnering with CampDoc (an online registration program) to better serve our campers and staff. CampDoc offers online registration and an electronic health record system for campers. The CampDoc site is secure, encrypted and password protected. Only Alfred University Summer Health Staff will have access to camper health information.

To gain access to our online application, please use the following link: (we support the current and previous major releases of Google Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Edge and Safari):

Camp Registration Portal (CampDoc)
CampDoc Registration Instructions

A deposit of $100 is required at the time of applying. Applications will not be considered if the deposit is not paid by the May 1 deadline. The remaining balance is due by June 1, 2020. Late applications will only be considered if space is available.

Acceptance Policies:

The Camp Director will review all applications after the May 1 deadline and determine which students will be accepted. Acceptance/non-acceptance notifications will be provide to applicants by the middle of May via email. If you require an earlier decision, please contact the office of Summer Programs at Once final decisions have been made, accepted campers will receive notification of acceptance along with information and dates on what is required for attendance. Questions can be directed to the Office of Summer Programs, 607-871-2612 or via email to

Student Cancellations:

Refunds, less the $100 non-refundable deposit, will be made for cancellations received by June 1. A 50% refund will be made for cancellations received June 2-10. There will be no refunds for cancellations made after June 10.

Alfred University – Office of Summer Programs
1 Saxon Drive, Alfred, NY 14802
Phone: 607-871-2612 Fax: 607-871-2045

For specific information about the program schedule or class content, please contact Professor Lisa Lantz at

Instructional Faculty

Lisa E. Lantz

Lisa Lantz, Violin, Artistic Director

Artistic Director of the MostArts Festival, Dr. Lisa Lantz is a Professor of Music, the Music Department Head, and Conductor of the Alfred University Orchestra. She studied many years with the late great virtuoso violinist, Ruggiero Ricci and for over a decade, participated in European master classes with internationally renowned artists Aaron Rosand and Nathan Milstein. In addition to teaching full time, Dr. Lantz is an active violinist, and conductor with concerts that have taken place both in the United States, as well as in Europe. She is the Music Director and Founder of the Alfred University Junior String Program, now in its 22nd year. She continually demonstrates her love of teaching young musicians through her various string clinics, workshops and conducting engagements from elementary to high schools around the country.

Lucy Mauro

Lucy Mauro, Piano
Lucy Mauro’s recent recordings for Delos have been hailed in Gramophone, awarded a Recording of the Year 2011 by MusicWeb International, calling it “the revelation of the year,” and featured on iTunes in their New and Noteworthy among other recognitions. The Journal of Singing calls Ms. Mauro “a perfect partner, whether called upon for thundering power or the tenderest whisper” and MusicWeb International said her “delicate touch and flawless technique give us a luminous sound of great beauty.”

Ken Luk

Ken Luk, Director of Guitar
Ken is an Adjunct Professor of Music with Alfred University’s Performing Arts Division. As a guitarist, teacher, and an arranger, Ken Luk actively performs in different solo and chamber music settings. Born and raised in Hong Kong, Ken studied with Dr. Nicholas Goluses and earned his Doctorate at the Eastman School of Music. Ken is an avid arranger of the guitar, and was a finalist in the Roland Dyens Arranging International Competition 2017. He frequently performs music of Brazil, Indonesia, Jamaica, and Zimbabwe, and loves to teach mandolin as well as guitar.

Guest instructors include:

  • Noemi Miloradovic, Violin: Noemi is a member of Symphoria, Assistant Concertmaster of the Binghamton Philharmonic and violin professor at Binghamton University.
  • Isoa Chapman, Violin/Viola: Isoa is originally from New Zealand with a Master’s Degree at the IWMC in Ireland and his Doctorate from Michigan State University. He has worked alongside of CalArts violinist Mark Menzies and collaborated with composer, Cesar Potes at the NYC Electroacoustic Festival.
  • Debrah Devine, Violin: Debrah studied Violin Performance at SUNY Fredonia and CUNY Brooklyn College and currently serves as Principal Second Violin at the MostArts Festival, Alfred, NY. As a chamber musician, she has performed the Star Trio and in other small ensembles. She is also conductor of the Preparatory Orchestra of the Little Delaware Youth Ensemble in Oneonta, NY.
  • Sibora Miloradovic, Cello: Sibora was born in Belgrade, Serbia and earned her undergraduate and master’s degrees from Longy School of Music of Bard College in Cambridge, Massachusetts. As a soloist, she performed with the Santo Domingo National Orchestra along with her twin sister Noemi, with the Kansas University Symphony Orchestra. She is an accomplished chamber music musician and serves as assistant principal in the MostArts Festival Orchestra, Alfred, NY.
  • Spencer Phillips, Bass: Spencer is highly sought after as both an orchestral bassist and chamber musician throughout the United States and abroad. He recently had performance engagements with a US tour and Munich Symphoniker, along with performances with the Michigan Opera Theater, International Chamber Orchestra (soloist) as well as recording the complete Beethoven Symphonies with Orchestre de la Francophonie Canadian, under Jean-Philippe Tremblay.

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