News from Kinhaven
Donations Needed for Main House Makover
Kinhaven is seeking donations of the following new or gently-used furniture and kitchen supplies for the Main House:
- 3 Large couches
- 2 Love seats
- 4 Coffee tables
- 3 Side tables
- 3 Chests of drawers for clothing in bedrooms
- Kitchen floor rug
- Highly functional microwave oven
- Sturdy stainless steel pots and pans
- Sturdy kitchen knife set
If you are interested in donating an item from the above list, please send a photo of it to firstname.lastname@example.org. The Kinhaven administration will communicate with you regarding whether or not the item meets the needs of the Main House Makover. Large items will need to be dropped off at Kinhaven in Weston, VT.
Kinhaven Receives Gift In Honor of Renowned Cellist
April 1, 2012
Kinhaven Music School is very pleased to announce that Mrs. Mary Louise Kates, widow of renowned cellist and Kinhaven alumnus Stephen Kates, has given $150,000 to Kinhaven’s endowment in memory of her late husband. The gift will establish the Stephen Kates Endowed Scholarship in Cello to provide financial help to cello students at Kinhaven.
Fall 2011 Spirit of Kinhaven
Newsletter - December 1, 2011all, 2010
Download The Spirit of Kinhaven, Fall 2012 Issue [PDF version]. Highlights of the Fall 2011 issue include reports from Senior and Junior Session directors, a letter from new board of trustees president James Wallick, and a preview of the 60th Anniversary Celebration planned for summer 2012.
After Irene: News from Kinhaven - August 31, 2011aThanks to the contributions of many, Kinhaven sustained comparatively minimal damage from Tropical Storm Irene. Read the full story.
Kinhaven Celebrated in the Media - August 25, 2011all, 2
Kinhaven's Senior Session was recently featured in the following media outlets.
The Rutland Herald - By Jim Lowe, Published: August 4, 2011
WCAX TV - Vermont's Trusted News Source- August 5, 2011
MaplewoodPatch- By Mary Mann, Published: August 8, 2011
Spring 2011 Spirit of Kinhaven
Newsletter- June 1, 2011all, 2010
Download The Spirit of Kinhaven, Spring 2011 Issue [PDF version]. Highlights of the Spring 2011 issue include "Rallentando: It's more than a tempo change!" about the newest student cabin complex located on The Hill, "Kate Sheeran Recalls Kinhaven from New York's Mannes College Preparatory Division," a recap of the May 1 Midwest Celebration of Kinhaven event, alumni notes, and more.
Two Alumni and Friends' Spring Events - May 2011
Midwest Celebration of Kinhaven
On May 1, John Austin of the Kinhaven Board of Trustees organized the first-ever concert and gathering in the Chicago area at the home of David Rotholz and Kathy Paddor-Rotholz. Lelah Dushkin, the daughter of founders Dorothy and David Dushkin visited from her home in Kansas and delivered remarks about The Winnetka School, the first music school that her parents founded in Winnetka, IL outside of Chicago. Read more about the event in the Spring 2011 issue of The Spirit of Kinhaven.
New York City Madrigal Gathering
The second annual Madrigal Gathering was held on May 22 in New York City. Over 35 alumni and friends of Kinhaven gathered to sing madrigals and Bach chorales and engage in folk dancing. The event was hosted by the Weis family in their spacious Chelsea apartment. Jerry Bidlack led guests in singing favorites from the Kinhaven song books including "Since First I Saw Your Face" and "Rejoice and Sing," while the familiar recordings of folk songs and rags prompted energetic dancing. Trustees Allison Scola and Kate Sheeran welcomed alumni and their guests and informed them about the latest news from Kinhaven and new co-directors Deborah Buck and Tony Mazzocchi gave a preview of the upcoming summer sessions.
Fall 2010 Spirit of Kinhaven
Newsletter- December 1, 2010all, 2010
Download The Spirit of Kinhaven, Fall 2010 Issue [PDF version]. Highlights of the issue include "Nancy Bidlack, Director of Kinhaven Retires After 40 Years," "Deborah Buck and Tony Mazzocchi Named Executive Directors and Directors of Senior Session," introductions to the new directors of Senior and Junior Sessions, alumni notes, and more.
Longtime Faculty Members Tony Mazzocchi and
Deborah Buck Named Next Executive Directors
of Kinhaven - November 10, 2010
The Kinhaven Board of trustees is please to announce the appointment of Tony Mazzocchi and Deborah Buck as the next Executive Directors of Kinhaven. In addition to overseeing all of Kinhaven Music School, Inc., Buck and Mazzocchi will play the very important role of Directors of the Senior Session.
Over the past few months, a committee comprised of members of the Board, Faculty, and Nancy and Jerry Bidlack ran a national search to find candidates who possessed the unique skill sets required for these roles. After many applications were reviewed and applicants interviewed, Buck and Mazzocchi rose to the top as the best choices for the next leaders of Kinhaven.
Of the news, Buck and Mazzocchi say, "We are honored and humbled by this extraordinary opportunity. Nancy and Jerry Bidlack have worked tirelessly to bring Kinhaven into the upper echelon of music schools while still maintaining its core values. We will continue this work in their honor, and we are excited to ignite a lifelong passion for music in the next generation of Kinhaven students." Read the full article in the Fall 2010 issue of The Spirit of Kinhaven.
Sandy Dennis and Marty Knieriem Appointed New Junior Session Directors - October 3, 2010
The new faces at the helm of Junior Session are actually well known to us all. On October 2, by unanimous vote of the Kinhaven Board of Trustees, longtime faculty members Sandy Dennis and Marty Knieriem were appointed Co-Directors of Junior Session. "It's impossible to express how honored we feel," says Dennis. Read the full article in the Fall 2010 issue of The Spirit of Kinhaven.
A Letter to the Kinhaven Family Regarding Nancy Bidlack's Retirement - August 1, 2010
It is with tremedous gratitude for her years of dedicated leadership, mixed with deep sadness, that the Kinhaven Board of Trustees announces Nancy Bidlack's retirement after 40 years at Kinhaven at the end of 2010. Read the letter from Susan Mesner, President of the Kinhaven Board of Trustees.
Vermont Country Store Matriarch and Kinhaven Friend Mildred Ellen Orton Dies at 99 - May 6, 2010
It is with great sadness that we have learned of the passing of Mildred Ellen Orton. Mildred Ellen was an alumna of Kinhaven and a founder of The Vermont Country Store, the famous “purveyors of the practical and hard to find.” Kinhaven was fortunate to be able to honor Mildred Ellen in a ceremony on campus last summer and to acknowledge the many ways she has contributed to the school over the years. She was 99 years old. In the words of Jerry T. Bidlack, director emeritus, “Her spirit, energy and enthusiasm resound throughout our campus.”
Kinhaven Receives Significant Gift to the
Capital Campaign from the Orton Family
- July 16, 2009
Kinhaven has received a $200,000 gift to the Capital Campaign from Lyman Orton and the Vermont Country Store in honor of Mildred Ellen Orton. Click here to view press release.
Kinhaven Launches Major Capital
Campaign - July 12, 2008
July 12, 2008 marked the kickoff of a major capital campaign, "Rebuilding Kinhaven," to raise funds for much-needed renovations throughout the campus. The gift comes at a crucial time for the school as it works to refurbish its 55-year-old campus.
Click here to view press release.
Spring 2010 Spirit of Kinhaven
Newsletter – May 15, 2010
Download The Spirit of Kinhaven, Spring, 2010 Issue [PDF version]. Highlights include, "EHA Foundation Takes Leadership Role on the Hill as Kinhaven's Captial Campaign Continues," updates from the Director, and a recap of the Lark Quartet concert to benefit the Kinhaven Capital Campaign.
Kinhaven Featured in the
Rutland Herald - August 16, 2008
The Rutland Herald celebrated the spirit of Kinhaven in an article featuring Jerry Bidlack, current students and faculty, and the Capital Campaign.
Boston Globe Highlights Kinhaven - July 23, 2008
The Boston Globe featured Weston, VT as an ideal summertime destination. Not only does it highlight the beauty of Weston's village green and pique readers' interest in attractions like the Weston Playhouse and the Vermont Country Store, but it calls Kinhaven "...a more intimate version of places like the Tanglewood Music Center," to enjoy free weekend performances of classical music. Read the full article.