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.
Obviously PEG is not to tighten the strings here :) - how about a little info? Maybe a link?
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.
Stan, thanks for posting link. I mentioned 12 (my daughter just turned 11),
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.
PEG is 9-13. Institute is 13-27.
PEG is now actually 9-14.
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).
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.
I can tell you that the two kids I know who went to Heifetz PEG last year were a 10-year-old playing Mendelssohn, and a 13-year-old playing Vieuxtemps 5 (badly). The 10-year-old is excellent; the 13-year-old not so much.
With apologies in advance to Lyndon Taylor, it's good to know which students this PEG organization is geared toward ...
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.
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)!
Matthew, you may want to also look at Kinhaven. I always thought their program looked really well balanced. It's similar to Greenwood, which I have heard is impossible to get into, because most of the teachers fill up their studios with their own students. The Eastman summer program is only for high school. The IU program is good for younger students (under about 14) -- I've known two kids who went there recently. They said they went to a lot of concerts, but performance opportunities were limited by what teacher you were assigned to.
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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