Bill Quillen: Where I Realized What Music Could Be

It is not unusual for a person to identify a space in their lives that has been “flagged,” a moment they consider essential and pivotal. These moments are not just life changing, but have become so deeply tied to our …

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Sarah Whitney: Nurturing a Special Type of Musician

Sarah and I grew up attending Kinhaven Music School together in the 1990s. I recently had the privilege of reconnecting with Sarah and talking about our Kinhaven memories and our continued musical journeys since our childhood. “As a young kid …

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Jon Russell: The Feeling of Just Having Music Around

Listening to the eclectic and marvelous music of composer Jon Russell is a pleasure quite apart from his Kinhaven connection—but remembering the connection provides a delight of its own. At Kinhaven, there was very little Jon did not do. He …

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Masumi Per Rostad: The Kinspirit Ethos

“We all had something to offer. That’s something that – especially at that age – was formative and important. I’ll always be thankful to Kinhaven for that.” – Masumi Per Rostad Kinhaven is where I realized how much I loved …

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Deborah Buck: Designing the Faculty Concert Series

When Deborah Buck joined the Kinhaven faculty in 2001, she and her colleagues would hand then-director Nancy Bidlack slips of paper on Thursday during Staff Week (the week before camp opens), listing works they’d like to perform. Nancy would invite …

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Sarah Fine: A Space that Valued Us

I went to a large, elite, suburban, and competitive public high school. While I excelled, the culture wasn’t “deliberate,” the way Kinhaven’s was. It didn’t feel okay to be as smart as I was, particularly as a girl, and jealousy …

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