Kinhaven Music School Launches Music-Focused Semester School

By Afton Wooten

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Kinhaven Music School has announced its new Semester Program for high school students starting in August 2025.

Expanding its program offerings, Kinhaven is partnering with Vermont’s Burr and Burton Academy to offer the only music-focused semester school in the nation. Through partnerships with several youth music organizations, financial aid opportunities will be made available to promising musicians from underserved populations.

The Semester Program is designed to accommodate 16 students for the four-month fall semester. Students will spend mornings pursuing academic coursework at Burr and Burton. Afternoons and evenings will be devoted to music lessons, coachings, masterclasses, and activities at Kinhaven’s 31-acre campus in Weston, Vermont. On weekends, students and faculty will perform around Southern Vermont, often alongside guest artists.

“I am thrilled to announce Kinhaven’s collaboration with Burr and Burton to launch our groundbreaking Semester Program for high school students,” said Kinhaven’s Co-Executive Director Anthony Mazzocchi in a press release. “Our vision is to be a national model of music-centered education that inspires the growth of the whole person. This expansion of Kinhaven’s programming is a crucial step toward realizing this vision, while contributing to the cultural ecosystem of Southern Vermont and beyond. We can’t wait to launch this innovative school experience.”

Applications for the inaugural Fall 2025 semester open April 1, 2024. Students will be accepted on a rolling basis through March 2025. The application process will consist of a short statement, an audition video, a school transcript, and a final round interview.