The fifth annual AVANTI Summer MusicFest, a week-long workshop for teenage music students taking place July 25-30, 2016, will culminate in two concerts

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Monday, June 16, 2016


Concerts Cap Week-Long Workshop for High School Music Students

Farmington Hills, MI – The fifth annual AVANTI Summer MusicFest, a week-long workshop for teenage music students taking place July 25-30, 2016, will culminate in two concerts.  Both concerts will feature some of southeast Michigan’s finest young musicians performing alongside Detroit Symphony Orchestra members who have been serving as the students’ faculty mentors during the workshop.


The FESTIVAL CONCERT on Friday, July 29 at 7:30 PM at Kirk in the Hills, 1340 W Long Lake Rd, Bloomfield Hills, will feature chamber music.  On the first half, AVANTI participants will play in small ensembles alongside Detroit Symphony Orchestra players.  On the second half, DSO musicians will perform Ludwig Spohr’s Nonet in F major. (A nonet is a work for nine musicians.)  The student performers, in addition to playing in band or orchestra, will have been participating all week in AVANTI’s new chamber music program, honing their skills in small ensembles expertly coached by DSO musicians.  The Festival Concert is presented by AVANTI and the Chamber Music Society of Detroit.


The FINALE CONCERT will take place at 1:30 PM Saturday, July 30 at Orchestra Hall, 3711 Woodward Avenue, Detroit.  The concert will include performances by the AVANTI Orchestra, the Symphonic Band and a massed Chorus playing music of Sibelius, Puccini, Bernstein and more, with student musicians sitting side-by-side with Detroit Symphony Orchestra musicians in both the orchestra and band.  The concert will also feature a performance by the winner of AVANTI’s concerto competition.  The Finale Concert will be preceded by a silent auction at 12:30 PM, which helps raise money to support the workshop.


Tickets for the Friday night Festival concert are $25 for premier seats and $10 for all other seats for adults.  Tickets for Saturday’s Finale concert are $25 for box seats and $10 general admission for all other sections for adults.  For both concerts, children under age 18 are admitted free of charge.


Tickets may be purchased by phone at734-756-9499 or online through the AVANTI web site at


130 Workshop Applications Received.  Applications still being accepted; sections are filling fast!

The AVANTI Summer MusicFest enables music students to take their playing to a new level in a week-long intensive workshop coached by Detroit Symphony musicians. To date, 130 students ages 13-18 from 44 communities across southeast Michigan and southern Ontario have been accepted to participate in the 2016 Workshop.  Applications will continue to be accepted until all instrumental sections are full.  At this time, the viola, clarinet, flute and trumpet sections have been filled; applicants for all other instruments are still being accepted.  (Students may still apply for sections that are full; they will be placed on a waitlist and notified if openings occur.)


Those interested in applying may do so online at  For more information, call AVANTI coordinator Faith Scholfield at 734-756-9499.



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