Heifetz PEG

October 9, 2019, 11:43 AM · Does anyone have personal experience with their child going to Heifetz
What’s the range of ability (12 and under)? Did they enjoy and benefit from it?
Not finding much on the internet besides their own website.

Replies (12)

October 9, 2019, 12:38 PM · Obviously PEG is not to tighten the strings here :) - how about a little info? Maybe a link?
October 9, 2019, 12:50 PM · It is https://heifetzpeg.org

Do a search, someone that was posting here a few weeks ago went last year, maybe just starting high school now.

It is fairly close to us and I wish there was something for the kids between the PEG program age and the main program, which accepts high schoolers but posts a list of everyone who attends, and that appears to be mostly conservatory kids.

October 9, 2019, 2:03 PM · Heifetz (main program) is not exclusively Conservatory students. I'm a senior in High School and was accepted this past summer (didn't go though). I have a lot of friends around my age and a little younger who all went and really enjoyed it. Most top summer festivals that High schoolers attend are a mix of High School and College students like Bowdoin, Meadowmount, Aspen, Heifetz and Summit.
October 9, 2019, 2:10 PM · Stan, thanks for posting link. I mentioned 12 (my daughter just turned 11),
but I think the program goes to 14?
PEG (program for extremely gifted) name comes from an earlier program at college for academically gifted. Though if you look on You Tube you’ll find a couple amazing performances......
But can’t find parents or former students posting experiences.
Elise, summer program, junior version of Heifetz, which is HS early college
October 9, 2019, 2:33 PM · Hey Ben, I had to use archive.org to get the data now but I count 51 conservatory kids and 27 high school / home school kids, so about 2-to-1.
October 9, 2019, 3:11 PM · PEG is 9-13. Institute is 13-27.
Edited: October 10, 2019, 11:55 PM · Hi! I recently went to HeifetzPEG this summer, so seeing this discussion pop up really overwhelmed me with joy (so I must also assume that you were referencing my post that is now gone).

HeifetzPEG has recently changed their age range, so it's now from 9 to 14, like some of the previous commentors have mentioned. I would have to agree with Mrs. Agrawal -- the level is fairly high for PEG, but I wouldn't consider all of the people there exceptionally gifted. I mean, I was accepted, and I'm by no means a musical genius. There were a few people that grabbed my attention, though (Sibelius and Ysaye 6 by SoHyun, Tzigane by Fei, Vieuxtemps 5 by my roommate). A good amount of Juilliard PC kids. I only wish that I could say like Mrs. Agrawal that my level was too high to feel comfortable at Heifetz, hahaha.

But the friendships there are just something you can't find anywhere else. The people I've met are absolutely incredible, and I'll always cherish that. (Of course, I guess you can find that at another camp, though not with the same people!)

Maybe Heifetz (main program) is a different story? Lots of conservatory students and high school students who are legitimately serious about music.

October 10, 2019, 6:21 AM · So Susan and Yolanda- My daughter is not “extremely gifted”, We re trying to figure out whether an application is worthwhile, hence the post. Have seen SoHyun’s video of Zeigeunerweisen, pretty amazing.
Currently playing Mozart 5, Bach Partitas, Praeludium and Allegro.
October 10, 2019, 8:56 AM · With apologies in advance to Lyndon Taylor, it's good to know which students this PEG organization is geared toward ...
October 10, 2019, 7:26 PM · Thanks, Susan! Very helpful. I had not heard of Center Stage, but will keep it in mind. On our list to consider next summer are IU Summer Strings, Greenwood, PEG among others. We don’t have a Pre-College program near us.
Eastman closest, but no violin specific program I can identify . NYC 5-6 hours.
October 10, 2019, 9:02 PM · The majority of the kids at PEG are playing pieces by composers like Mozart (3-5), Bruch, Lalo, Saint-Saens, Wieniawski, and Sarasate (with the occasional Ravel, Sibelius, or Tchaikovsky thrown in), even the 10 year olds, hahaha. Some of the younger students might be playing P&A or Accolay. Of course, when Susan and I say "exceptionally gifted", we're referring to the crazy kids who play major concertos (like Brahms) at 11. Regardless, I have no doubt your daughter is extremely gifted and hardworking and will fit right in with the kids at PEG (and make some great friendships)!

Center Stage sounds really interesting too!

October 11, 2019, 9:26 PM · Thank you for sharing all the information. We are really not on a conservatory track. My daughter is too free-spirited and rebellious but she could change as she grows older (hard to imagine but not impossible). Bookmarking.

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