Avaloch Farm Residency
Avaloch Farm Music Institute | Boscawen, NH
September 29 — October 7, 2018
The WholeHearted Musician Residency at Avaloch Farm with Dana Fonteneau is a unique opportunity for professional and serious pre-professional duos, trios or quartets to work closely with an influential thinker in the music world who brings extensive experience working with top soloists, chamber ensembles, orchestral musicians, and educators, as well as with leading administrators, board members, and managers throughout the music industry. Participating ensembles will focus intensely on how to harness their talents to create a successful life in music.
Drawing on Dana’s diverse background in music, business, finance, and psychology, the residency includes a sequence of activities focused on topics including:
- Goal setting
- Career plans & goals
- Financial planning & wealth building
- Health & wellness
- Interpersonal communication
- Stage presence & audience perception
- Rehearsal techniques
- Strategies for working with managers, presenters, residencies & festivals
The WholeHearted Musician Residency at Avaloch Farm allows participants to spend a full week with Dana Fonteneau investigating all areas of life to create an empowering, inspiring, healthy and successful career in chamber music.
“I’ve never felt so connected to my quartet. Dana forced me to get out of my head and really tune in to what everyone in the group is doing at every moment, both in rehearsal and in performance. Our performance at the end of the residency was unlike any performance I’d ever had.” — Chris Whitley, violin, Thalea Quartet
9:30am—12:30pm: Group work with Dana
2:00pm—4:00pm: Individual work with Dana or group/personal work time
4:00pm—6:00pm: Ensemble time or continued group work with Dana
7:30pm—9:00pm: Rehearsal, master class, performance, or group process time
About Avaloch Farm
Avaloch Farm is a musician’s retreat center located in Boscawen, NH, a small agricultural community. The campus is surrounded by acres of woods, cornfields and apple orchards, and there is a beautiful lake for swimming and boating. There is a home-made ice cream shop down the road, and a number of restaurants in Boscawen.
“Dana Fonteneau provided our quartet with the conceptual tools, communicative abilities, and psychological atmosphere that are essential for any group engaging in the genuine conversations that need to be had during the search for an authentic identity. After one week with Dana, we felt exposed to a unique type of absolute communication that is seldom found in any professional or personal environment. Before working with Dana, we felt intimidated by our industry, uncertain of our intentions, and uncomfortable with confronting the practical complexities of professional music making. After an intense series of personal inquiry and masterfully guided discussions, we found ourselves in an exhilarating condition of newfound optimism. Now, with a unified vision and an arsenal of methods for self-discovery, our quartet feels ready to thrive.”
— Houndstooth Quartet
“It’s heaven for musicians. At Avaloch, I was spoiled with incredible food and facilities, surrounded by the finest musical company, and immersed in nature. The whole place gave me comfort and a sense of home even in the very nature of its design, and the staff really did everything to serve us well.”
— Clara Kim, violinist, Trio de Kooning
This residency is designed for outstanding professional and pre-professional duos, trios or quartets who are already pursuing a career or are preparing to launch a professional career. Each quartet is required to have been together for a minimum of three years and be seriously committed to one another and staying together as an ensemble. Only inspired and serious ensembles will be considered.
$800 per group
Your investment fee is generously subsidized by the WHM Scholarship Fund, and housing, food and rehearsal accommodations are being covered by the Avaloch Farm Music Institute.
Learn more by contacting Dana Fonteneau at (415) 820-1691 or email@example.com