VC INTERVIEW | Inventive Director Janet Sung of the Meadowmount College of Music


The Violin Channel just lately caught up with Janet Sung, who was just lately appointed Inventive Director of the distinguished Meadowmount College of Music.

Apply to this summer time’s program by January 31, 2022. 


The Meadowmount College of Music summer time program was based 78 years in the past by legendary violinist and pedagogue Ivan Galamian. What do you are feeling Mr. Galamian’s preliminary dream for the varsity was?

By the point Ivan Galamian based the Meadowmount College, he was already an internationally-recognized pedagogue. His dream was to determine a faculty the place his college students might expertise “whole immersion within the examine of string devices.” This included purposeful and structured follow and the chance and surroundings to gradual the tempo of all the things round you, so a scholar might have the psychological house to focus and turn into their artistry.


Now 30 years after his passing, would you say his mission has been efficiently stuffed?

Completely! There are such a lot of artists which have walked by means of the doorways of Meadowmount who’re among the most well-known and thrilling artists performing as we speak, together with many from the most recent rising technology. They’re all a testomony to Mr. Galamian’s imaginative and prescient and his unique mission.


The varsity affords an intensive 7 week high-level, immersive music program for string gamers aiming for knowledgeable profession. What do you are feeling can realistically be achieved throughout this era, away from principally all on a regular basis distractions?

Whether or not it’s preparation for a world competitors or an audition, additional creating method and artistry, or diving deep right into a chamber music collaboration, Meadowmount’s surroundings is the best place. The structured follow, the targeted steerage from academics and coaches, the efficiency alternatives geared round college students — and naturally being surrounded solely by nature — enable the scholars to have the posh of time to concentrate on their research. The 7-week schedule is right as a result of it actually permits a scholar to have this time to soak up and totally combine what they’re studying and see it come to fruition in efficiency.


Many star gamers got here early on to review at Meadowmount together with Yoyo Ma, Joshua Bell, Jaime Laredo, Pinkas Zukerman, amongst others. What’s among the suggestions you obtained about this system and this very particular time in historical past?

Many famend artists, from Itzhak Perlman, Yo-Yo Ma, Ani and Ida Kavafian, Kyung-Wha Chung, to Joshua Bell and James Ehnes, bear in mind their time at Meadowmount as being an important a part of their growth. That they proceed to discuss the influence Meadowmount had on them is fairly highly effective! Even with the onerous work, it was among the most memorable and happiest occasions.


Legend has it Toby Friedlander proposed to Itzhak Perlman at Meadowmount? Are there every other specific tales, anecdotes, or legends our readers would love to listen to about?

It has been fantastic to have so many individuals attain out and share their very own tales and reminiscences about Meadowmount. I’m nonetheless amazed by the sheer variety of musicians which have gone to Meadowmount — together with many present musician associates I didn’t even understand have been alums! Although everyone seems to be there for a similar motive, what appears to face out (apart from the music-making) are the colleagues and associates they met, like being in a string quartet with Joshua Bell or dorm-mates with Yo-Yo Ma. My first quartet at Meadowmount was with Rachel Barton Pine — we have been two of the youngest college students on the college that summer time — and two older college students on viola and cello, taking part in Beethoven Op. 18, No. 4 and training with Josef Gingold. What a implausible time we had!


What does a typical day at Meadowmount appear like?

A typical day at Meadowmount begins with breakfast, adopted by a 4-hour morning follow session with 10-min breaks every hour for bodily and psychological relaxation. Afternoons normally embody classes, chamber music coachings, studio lessons or masterclasses with visitor artists, and an extra scheduled hour of follow. Evenings are normally stuffed with efficiency or different social actions for college students. There are additionally numerous workshops and collaborations with visitor artists and common Alexander Approach classes. Weekends are lighter, and infrequently embody climbing journeys within the lovely Adirondack Mountains, and naturally, ping-pong!


You have been just lately appointed Inventive Director of the Meadowmount College of Music. What has been your relationship with this system? And, what are your targets for the varsity over the approaching years?

I attended Meadowmount for the primary time after I was ten years outdated and have extremely vivid reminiscences of these a number of summers. I met Josef Gingold there, who quickly after grew to become my personal instructor for the subsequent ten years. I additionally met many musician associates with whom I’m nonetheless shut and linked with as we speak. The summers at Meadowmount made a big impact on my consciousness of what I wanted and wished to do as a musician, and the progress I might make. The mantra, “A 12 months’s progress in 7 weeks,” completely holds true.

My aim is to construct upon the legacy that Mr. Galamian left. Many traditions which can be on the coronary heart of Meadowmount will proceed, however we’ll work to additional improve Meadowmount’s attain to college students, academics, and visitor artists, provide further performing {and professional} alternatives for college students, and incorporate actions that additionally concentrate on the bodily and psychological well-being of younger artists and set up foundations for longevity of their careers. We’ll additionally spotlight the chamber music program, which has at all times been an integral a part of the expertise for thus many Meadowmount college students.


What can we sit up for listening to this Summer time?

The main focus at Meadowmount has at all times been the scholars, and we’re excited to current live-streamed concert events that includes these gifted college students. There can even be plenty of visitor artists, together with VC artist Matthew Lipman and violinist Philip Setzer of the Emerson Quartet, who will likely be in residence for prolonged durations to work intently and collaborate with college students.


What sort of scholarships and fellowships can be found for gifted college students?

Scholarships vary from full tuition to partial tuition to “Service Awards” the place college students assist in numerous college areas. Older college students can obtain full scholarships by serving as resident Counselors.


How can college students apply?

Our deadline is January 31, and college students can discover extra data and apply right here: Meadowmount Admissions


How does it really feel, personally, to know you’ll be spending your summers at Meadowmount once more in spite of everything these years?

It is going to be particularly significant to return to Meadowmount due to the profound impact it had on me and my musical life. The academics who guided me, the performances we shared, and the various pricey friendships and reminiscences I’ve — all of these experiences are nonetheless vivid to me in spite of everything these years (together with my bike accident at age 11 driving too quick on the trail to Foremost Home!). I’m past excited to be again and expertise Meadowmount once more with a brand new technology of younger artists!



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