Andrew Green
Development and Marketing Manager

The Debut of Heifetz Rubato: The Virtual Concert Hall
Six-week online concert series launches with all-star Alumni Showcase Preview Concert on June 1
STAUNTON, VA - The Heifetz International Music Institute, renowned for assembling a world-class group of young musicians and faculty members from across the globe each summer in the Shenandoah Valley, has taken the bold step to innovate a virtual institute for Summer 2020, the first such action taken by a premier music program nationwide. The mission will be to create a meaningful and intense summertime musical learning experience in the digital realm that thrives on the Institute’s unique vision and values. 

"We intend to create an online experience for both our students and faculty that adheres as much as possible to the usual daily rhythms and routines of the summer Institute," notes Heifetz Institute President and CEO Benjamin K. Roe , including such Heifetz Institute staples as twice-weekly private lessons with major faculty, online studio classes with fellow students, weekly all-Institute Masterclasses, and online Communication Training classes with noted actors, directors, choreographers and other artists.

In addition to creating a new paradigm in online training, the Institute will continue to connect students with its community of music lovers, supporters, and patrons both locally and worldwide, through Heifetz Rubato: The Virtual Concert Hall . Planned offerings include new performances by Heifetz 2020 Virtual Institute students, produced through a sophisticated collaborative multi-track recording process, along with highlights from recent Heifetz summers and never-before-seen archival footage from the Heifetz stage stretching back over two decades. There will also be artist interviews and commentary, plus watch parties where audiences and performers can interact as the concerts unfold.

These presentations will be broadcast as live streams through the Heifetz Institute's industry-leading YouTube and Facebook channels. All concerts will be available for free for seven days following the broadcast, at which point they will be available exclusively to Heifetz Virtual Season Pass holders.
Heifetz Rubato: The Virtual Concert Hall will launch with a special Alumni Showcase and Preview Concert on Monday June 1 . The live streaming event will feature an all-star cast of Heifetz alumni sharing performances from around the world, including Boston, New York City, Hawaii, Houston, Montreal, Hong Kong, and even a surprise Staunton landmark. Featured performers will include:

  • The Heifetz Virtual Institute will be held from June 25 - August 9, 2020.
  • More information available here
  • Full 48 concert calendar available here