April 8, 2021 update on live performances and events at the NAC.

What Makes SMI Unique? SMI faculty share their insight.

In preparation for SMI 2013, we’ve asked three faculty members – Patty Kopec (violin/viola), Grigory Kalinovsky (violin/viola), and Charles (Chip) Hamann (oboe) – to share some advice with students about preparing for the Young Artist Program (YAP), making the most of their time here, and what makes SMI unique. Here's part three of our Q&A:

There are many summer programs for young musicians, what makes SMI unique?

Patty: We stay small – students get at least 2 lessons a week. We are in a wonderful cultural city.

Grigory: Faculty, of course! And the fact that the program is meticulously organized and run so smoothly, which makes the work of faculty and students so much more efficient!

Chip: For wind players, it's this one-on-one mentorship that is truly unique.  Rarely are there programs with such a large amount of time allocated for lessons with an orchestral principal player.