New York's Meadowmount School of Music Names Artistic Director

Effective as of today, violinist Janet Sung will take on the role

(Photo credit: Lisa Marie Mazzucco)


Founded in 1944 by Ivan Galamian, the Meadowmount School of Music offers a 7-week
 summer program in the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York for young violinists, violists, and cellists. These musicians, ages 13 to 30+, are training for professional careers and come from across the globe engage in intensive study and performance.

The program's roster of alumni over its 77-year history includes Itzhak Perlman, Yo-Yo Ma, Pinchas Zukerman, Kyung-Wha Chung, Lynn Harrell, Joshua Bell, Jaime Laredo, and Ani and Ida Kavafian.

Janet Sung currently serves as the Head of Strings and Violin Professor at the DePaul University School of Music in Chicago. A prolific chamber musician, she is also the Artistic Director and Founder of Chamber Music Chicago.

A student of Josef Gingold, Dorothy DeLay, and Masao Kawasaki, with additional studies under Eugene Phillips and the Juilliard Quartet, she graduated from Harvard University with degrees in anthropology and music, as well as The Juilliard School.

She plays on a c.1600 Maggini violin crafted in Brescia, Italy, and has recorded discs for the SOMM Recordings and Sono Luminus labels.

"I am honored to be joining the Meadowmount School of Music as their new Artistic Director," Sung said. "When Ivan Galamian founded Meadowmount, he wanted students to experience total immersion in their studies, which has subsequently influenced some of the greatest musicians performing today.

"Meadowmount creates a truly transformative experience for musicians, something I witnessed firsthand when I attended for several summers as a young student and met one of my long-time teachers and mentors, Josef Gingold. I'm excited to help guide the evolution of Meadowmount into the future and shape the next generation of talented young artists," she concluded.

“Janet is a superb musician, a brilliant teacher, and a dynamic and creative leader with a deep commitment to the development of young artists, and we are absolutely thrilled that she is coming to Meadowmount,” said Meadowmount Board President Earl Carlyss, and violinist of The Juilliard String Quartet.