The Heifetz International Music Institute has joined forces with Mary Baldwin University to create an innovative three-week intensive summer program for gifted young string musicians (violin, viola, and cello) between the ages of nine and thirteen. The program is a natural alliance between the University’s Program for the Exceptionally Gifted and the Heifetz Institute, both of which have won broad recognition as “category leaders” in their respective fields. Mary Baldwin’s pioneering PEG program was established in 1985 to offer academically gifted young women between the ages of 12 and 16 an opportunity to bypass high school to pursue an undergraduate degree, in a fully supervised, nurturing environment designed to support the unique intellectual and emotional needs of these brilliant young minds.

The Heifetz Institute is an intensive six-week summer program for gifted violin, viola, and cello students, featuring world-renowned artist faculty, the Ashkenasi/Kirshbaum Chamber Music Seminar, the unique Heifetz Performance and Communication Training©, and a 40-plus summer Festival of Concerts, taking place in and around the Mary Baldwin campus in historic downtown Staunton, Virginia – in the heart of the beautiful Shenandoah Valley. The Institute has won world recognition as one of the premiere summer programs for young artists on the verge of their professional careers.