Tuition: $715

Coached Ensemble Option: $175 per week.

Five private lessons; use of private practice studio two hours daily; daily group classes.

The Violin/Viola Workshops began during the 1997 season under the same basic precept as the original piano and cello programs: an intensive practice/study vacation for busy adult amateurs (who rarely have this kind of time to devote to their instrument during the rest of the year) in a breathtakingly beautiful setting on the Maine coast. We’re adding more weeks to our string programs, with the goal of offering expanded opportunities for ensemble to all those participants who want this.

Adult violinists/violists at any level are welcome. An absolute beginner with no previous instruction would be encouraged to attend more than one week.

Coached ensembles are encouraged, not just among the violinists and violists, but also with the overlapping programs (piano and/or flute, clarinet, guitar, and cello). Faculty sets up coaching sessions for ensembles according to student schedules. Late afternoons are given over to group rehearsals.

Evening activities involve a social (Mondays), a faculty concert (Wednesdays) and performance classes (Thursdays and Fridays) for those who wish to participate.

There is no audition and no minimum skill level. The premise is: Come as you are to enjoy the study, the work and the beauty of our historic fishing village.

A Word from your Instructor

Margret Hjaltested

For the past several years, I have been fortunate to be a part of the vibrant adult amateur music scene in Lubec. It has been very inspiring and gratifying to work with highly motivated students from all walks of life. I am grateful to be in the remote, magical beauty of coastal Maine while witnessing these dedicated amateur musicians´ intense progress within a week. We at SummerKeys offer a supportive learning environment where I am honored to share my expertise and experience as a teacher.

The adult students who come to Summerkeys are an amazing and intensely interesting group of people! Often very well-educated, these are people who have a strong sense of aesthetics and a real desire to continue learning for the pleasure of it. I don’t know what would make better students than individuals with these priorities! And it makes it so fun!

Introduction to Summerkeys

Workshop Dates

  • June 15-19
  • June 22-26
  • July 13-17
  • July 20-24
  • July 27- 31
  • August 3-7

Violin/Viola Faculty

Ina Litera

Ina Litera

Ina Litera, violist, is an active freelance and chamber musician performing with the many ensembles […]

Fran Berge

Fran Berge

Fran Berge performs widely on both historical and modern instruments. She plays with Tempesta di […]

Margret Hjaltested

Margret Hjaltested

Violist / violinist Margrét Hjaltested enjoys a diverse career as a performer and teacher. Born […]

SummerKeys Violin/Viola WorkShop

A Music Adventure in Lubec, Maine