Summit Music Festival

Summit Music Festival returns for its 16th season. Once again the hills overlooking Tarrytown and the Hudson River are alive to the sound of music. This year SMF will host over 200 students, faculty and guest artists from around the world for three weeks starting on July 23rd and ending on August 13th.

Strolling through the campus of Marymount College of Fordham University, music can be heard coming from dorm rooms, practice rooms and concert halls.

Every night for three weeks Summit presents an evening concert in the 140-seat Pepsico Hall. SMF presents world-renowned artists in solo appearances or chamber music concerts giving audiences the opportunity to attend concerts in a hall ideally suited for chamber music.

Summit Music Festival was founded by pianist Efrem Briskin and cellist David Kreiger and started with a mere 30 students. Due to the high standards required of both students and faculty, the festival’s reputation has become known over the years and grown steadily in size and reputation. With an intense program of concentrated study and close student/faculty collaboration, young musicians wishing a career in music return to Summit year in and out to take advantage of the festival’s offerings. For the three weeks of the festival students and faculty live in an atmosphere that nurtures young musicians’ needs in a welcoming and family environment. The program also has a competition, and the final concert of the season brings back the previous year’s competition winners to perform solo with the SMF orchestra.

This year such artists as cellists Matt Haimovitz and Nathaniel Rosen, violinist Aaron Rosand, pianists Vladimir Viardo and Adam Kent, to name a few, will give master classes as well as perform in concert. David Dubal will return for a lecture/concert and broadcaster Robert Sherman will present a lecture.

If you love chamber music SMF is a must. For information and the complete concert and event schedule please check your local listings, visit or call (914)747-2020.

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