Caramoor Rising Stars

Evnin Rising Stars

Pamela Frank, Director

Founded in 1992 by former Caramoor Artistic Advisor Sir André Previn, the Evnin Rising Stars mentoring program has been under the direction of violinist Pamela Frank since 2008.  Each Fall, Frank selects six to eight young instrumentalists to come to Caramoor for a week-long chamber music residency.  Joined by Frank and two other mentors, the Rising Stars spend the week in workshops, reading sessions, and ensemble rehearsals, culminating in two public performances in the Music Room, playing alongside their mentors. Since its inception, this program – named in honor of Judy Evnin, Caramoor’s Chairman Emerita – has identified some of the finest musicians of the next generation and helped them cross the threshold from their student years into the early stages of a professional career.

The Evnin Rising Stars mentoring program relies, in part, on special gifts to Caramoor’s Endowment and Annual Fund from donors interested in identifying and developing promising classical musicians.

Learn more about the Evnin Rising Stars we have mentored in the past.


2014 Schwab Vocal Rising Stars at Caramoor

Schwab Vocal Rising Stars

Steven Blier, Director

The Schwab Vocal Rising Stars mentoring program, developed in conjunction with the New York Festival of Song, focuses on art song interpretation and the development and professional practices of young artists.  Each year, Steven Blier selects four promising singers and one pianist for a week long Caramoor residency that includes daily coaching, rehearsals, and workshops, culminating in a concert in the Music Room.

Since its inception in 2009, the Schwab Vocal Rising Stars have received vital funding from the Terrance W. Schwab Endowment Fund for Young Vocal Artists. Created in memory of former Caramoor Trustee Terrance W. Schwab by his family, the fund was established to nurture and support the artistic development and careers of young vocalists.

Learn more about the Schwab Vocal Rising Stars we have mentored in the past.


The Dover Quartet

Ernst Stiefel String Quartet-in-Residence

One extremely promising string quartet is chosen each year to complete a year-long residency at Caramoor.  During the Fall and Spring residency periods, the Quartet-in-Residence lends their time and talents to Caramoor’s Student Strings program in the secondary schools with a classroom-based program of concerts, conversations, and performance clinics. The Ernst Stiefel String Quartet-in-Residence also performs three times at Caramoor during their residency, including a concert during the Summer Season for which a new work is commissioned for them and given its premiere.  More than 20 string quartets have participated in this program since it began in 1999.

The Ernst Stiefel String Quartet-in-Residence program is supported, in part, by major endowment gifts from the Ernst C. Stiefel Foundation. The success of this mentoring program relies on the generosity of donors interested in furthering the careers of promising chamber quartets. 

Learn more about the Stiefel Quartet-in-Residence we have mentored in the past.

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