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Summer Music Institute

Summer 2017

The UNM artist string faculty are pleased to present the 2017 UNM Summer Music Institute for accomplished collegiate and high school musicians as well as young professional players. Saturday May 27th through Saturday June 3rd.

Our Mission


The main mission of the UNM Summer Music Institute is to serve our community and region through excellent performance and teaching by our outstanding UNMSMI faculty

To present internationally recognized musicians to our audiences and students


To teach the importance of chamber music through master classes, chamber music instruction, chamber orchestra, concert participation, and concert attendance

To offer the most advanced NM high school students a chance to work with UNM faculty and guest artists as coaches/mentors/collaborators


To engage younger audiences and families through special youth concerts

To inspire NM community member musicians through coaching and/or collaborative performing opportunities with our artist faculty.

To reach out to the greater Albuquerque community through a unique partnership with the UNM Hospital and UNM Art in Medicine program.

To share the excellence of our UNM string program with musicians from across the United States and abroad.

This exciting festival will take place on the UNM campus from May 27th to June 3rd and will provide participants with intense daily musical interaction and expert guidance from world-class faculty, and special guest artists.

Participants will be immersed in daily chamber music coaching, instrumental masterclasses, a solo competition, student and faculty recitals, outreach events, special music topic lectures, and much more. Daily light breakfasts and lunches are provided as well as some dinners before special evening events.

Apprentice Artist Program: Participants age 13 to 15 who demonstrate exceptional musical promise will be accepted into UNMSMI as apprentice artists and will receive additional mentoring from faculty and collegiate participants.

Affordable tuition: $395 for high school students, $195 for all other participants. $85 registration fee required of all participants. Scholarships are available.


RECORDED AUDITION: submit an uploaded video of approximate 10 minutes with 1 movement of solo Bach, 1 exposition of a concerto (no piano required) to by MARCH 10th
OR LIVE AUDITION: March 10th at UNM, please contact

Detailed Registration and Scholarship Information

The UNM Summer Music Institute is pleased to announce that due to generous support from UNM and community donors, many full and partial scholarships are available to the most highly qualified applicants as determined by competitive audition (see Audition Material above).

Note to high school students: this is an intense professional training opportunity in string chamber music. Please apply only if your private teacher feels that you are ready to prepare and perform complete chamber music works. If your current repertoire includes concertos, sonatas, etude, three octave scales and arpeggios, then you should feel adequately prepared for the demands of this program.

Participants will be placed in ensembles of up to 8 players.

SOLO COMPETITION: all participants are eligible to participate in the UNMSMI Solo Competition. Required repertoire will consist of ONE movement from the solo works of J.S. Bach (transcriptions allowed) and ONE contrasting solo work or movement from a different composer, totalizing 8 to 12 minutes of performance time. Memorization is required. Single or multiple movements or works may be performed depending on length. Finalists will be chosen to perform in a public recital, award ceremony to follow. Previous first place winners are ineligible to compete. $2000+ in cash and prizes sponsored by Robertson and Sons Violin Shop.

HOUSING: affordable housing at UNM dormitories is available, $30 per night (single occupancy) from May 27th through June 3rd. The Institute offers a limited number of housing stipends (priority given to students traveling the greatest distance to attend). Please contact Dr. de los Santos for more information regarding housing:

Daily light breakfasts and lunches are provided as well as some dinners before special evening events.

Tuition and Fees: ALL PARTICIPANTS must pay a non-refundable registration fee of $85.
2017 UNMSMI tuition and fees:
OPTION 1: $85 (registration only, full tuition scholarship awarded)
OPTION 2: $85 + $95 (partial scholarship awarded) = $180
OPTION 3: $85 + $195 (registration fee and collegiate tuition) = $280
OPTION 4: $85 + $395 (registration fee and tuition) = $480
OPTION 5: $240 (housing, single occupancy)

About our Faculty

Cármelo de los Santos, violin
David Felberg, violin
Kim Fredenburgh, viola
David Schepps, cello
Mark Tatum, bass

Special Guest Artists:
Eduard Schmieder, violin (Temple University Distinguished Professor, PA)
Guillermo Figueroa, violin (Lynn University, FL)
John Graham, viola (Professor Emeritus Eastman School of Music, NY)
Gleice Uzur, violin (Weber State University, UT)
Viktor Uzur, cello (Weber State University, UT)

Event Schedule • May 28th – June 3rd

All events are free of charge
Sunday, May 28, 4pm, Keller Hall (UNM)
Acclaimed international guests artists Gleice Uzur, Viktor Uzur, and John Graham are joined by UNM SMI faculty Cármelo de los Santos, Kim Fredenburgh, David Schepps, and Mark Tatum in beloved chamber music works

Monday, May 29, 7pm, Robertson’s Violin Shop Recital Hall
Come listen to the finalists of our 2017 Solo Competition. Enjoy great performances by our students and vote for the “Audience Award”

Wednesday, May 31st, 7pm, Keller Hall (UNM)
A chamber music concert featuring high schools students and faculty members

Thursday, June 1, throughout the day at the UNM Hospital
Chamber music performances by the UNM SMI students for patients and families

Friday, June 2, 7pm, Keller Hall (UNM)
Our special guest, Maestro Eduard Schmieder, will direct pieces for violin and string orchestra with Carmelo de los Santos as solo violin. Students will also present works in a conductor-less orchestra.

Saturday, June 3, 12pm, Keller Hall (UNM)
“Cármelo, the Mugician” and the Institute’s chamber groups. A magic act for kids with excerpts from the chamber music literature.

Saturday, June 3, 2pm and 4pm, Keller Hall (UNM)
UNM SMI students perform classics of the chamber music literature as their final project

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