Since 2011, Virtuosi Summer Music Institute is a two-week creative music education program open to instrumentalists ages 8-18 and young and upcoming opera singers. The program is a collaboration of Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra and Connecticut Lyric Opera. It takes place at Tunxis Community College in Farmington Connecticut during the month of August. Institute’s activities include chamber music coaching, chamber orchestra, opera production, music theory, art class (for the young group) and many public performances. The performances take place at Tunxis Community College, Cyril and Methodius Church in Hartford and the Wadsworth Museum of Art in Hartford. The students are divided into groups based on age and level of playing. Young and Advanced groups for instrumentalists, and the CLO’s Summer Opera Institute. Our outstanding, internationally acclaimed, and very dedicated instructors are with students teaching, socializing and sharing their performance experience with them. This inspirational relationship gives our students a great boost of confidence.
“Convergence” – Jonathan Kane – String Quartet (2018 VMI)
Tony Plummer piano (2018 VMI)
- The highlight of my summer was definitely my time at the Virtuosi Summer Music Festival. Coaching with knowledgeable conductor, Adrian Sylveen, and taking lessons with accomplished soprano, Jurate Svedaite Waller, were just two of the great experiences I had at the Institute. - Marie Ferguson (2013 Opera Institute)
Virtuosi Summer Music Institute was such a wonderful experience for me! I got the opportunity to work with world-class musicians, who were immensely passionate about music and also about developing young artists. The faculty were inspiring, hard working, and such a joy to work with...and inspiring summer program. -Janani Sridhar, Soprano (2013 Opera Institute)