Every summer, Chautauqua Institution brings some of the world’s most talented musicians, vocalists, dancers and visual artists to the grounds for educational and performance opportunities amid our world-class culture and arts environment.

2018 applications open at different times for each of our programs. Please check back for regular program updates.

Voice applications: Beginning September 1
Music School Festival Orchestra applications: Beginning November 1
Piano applications: Beginning November 1

 

Music School Festival Orchestra

070517 First music school festival orchestra mpo 06Each summer we enroll 80 of the most promising young instrumentalists from the United States and abroad to join us for an exciting summer of music-making.

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Piano Program

piano chamber musicThe program offers an exceptional and exciting mixture of traditional and innovative classes, concerts and an artist certificate program.

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Voice Program

20170810 ls 04812The Chautauqua Voice Program is a seven-week intensive educational program that seeks to offer the highest caliber of training for the young singer, 18 and older.

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Conducting Fellowship

20170814 gf 06288The David Effron Conducting Fellowship is awarded to a gifted student pursuing a career in conducting. The applicant must be enrolled in or recently graduated (within the last year) from a graduate conducting program.

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Meet Our Alumns

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This is just a sampling of some of the amazing talent that comes through the gates of CHQ each summer!  If YOU are an alumni would like to be featured in one of our upcoming newsletters and online, please contact smalinoski@chq.org.

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Where are they now

schoolsAlumniUpdatesWe love catching up with our alumns and learning of their latest professional developments.

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Update your alumni profile

070517 First music school festival orchestra mpo 107Our arts alumni are currently living, performing, and teaching all over the world. We look forward to learning more about you and where you are headed in your life and career.

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June 24–August 12, 2018

The Chautauqua Ballet program, under the direction of Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux, is well known for the unique opportunity it affords students to study with master teachers within a small studio environment. The faculty at Chautauqua will often help place students into major companies throughout the U.S. through their many contacts. An important part of the program is the possibility for young dancers to perform (with live music) in the 4,000-seat Amphitheater.

The School of Dance facilities include four large teaching and rehearsal studios — the Carnahan-Jackson Studios. The dancers are housed in a well-supervised dormitory which is adjacent to the studios. The summer of 2009 saw the completion of new buildings which house the costume shop as well as faculty/staff housing. The center core of the Carnahan-

Jackson Studios has been reconfigured to provide for enhanced administrative and production offices as well as proper locker rooms for both professional and student dancers.

The ballet curriculum at Chautauqua is designed for talented students who wish to pursue careers as professional ballet dancers. Intensive training in classical ballet will be continued in rehearsals leading to performances. All classes feature live music. In spite of a rigorous schedule of classes and rehearsals, students will have ample time to enjoy recreational activities at Chautauqua including symphony concerts, professional ballet company performances, Friday Night specials and any number of recitals and lectures at no extra cost.

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Apply Today :: Dance Programs

pete and ryan 3We strongly encourage you to apply in advance! Application now open. Chautauqua's auditions are held at various locations across the country are in the form of an abbreviated ballet technique class.

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Artistic Director/Faculty

 DSF0120Lead by Artistic Director Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux, students work regularly with world-renowned faculty, including choreographers Mark Diamond, Bonnefoux, Maris Battaglia and Michael Vernon. Under the tutelage of Patricia McBride, they also present ballets by Balanchine and Petipa.

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Cost & General Information

workshop 2 lakeAdmission is by audition only and students must enroll in the entire duration of the program. Students may apply for scholarships, which are awarded on the basis of student's talent, years of study and financial need.

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Housing and Student Life

bellinger2Students live in our dorms side by side with other musicians, dancers and visual artists forming relationships that last a lifetime.

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The Programs

dancers at music schoolThe School of Dance provides students from across the nation the opportunity of studying with world-renowned teachers. The most advanced students receive the experience of performing with live orchestras in the 4,000-seat Amphitheater.

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Performances

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The Chautauqua Dance program includes performances by the Charlotte Ballet, Pilobolus and another guest company TBA in residence, along with the School of Dance student performances. In addition to masterpieces in classical ballet, it stages modern dance and contemporary ballet.

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Dance Alumni Highlights

080217 pasdeDeux OS 03Many of Chautauqua's dance alumns have gone on to build illustrious careers in some of the worlds leading ballet companies. Below is a partial list of alumni carrers. 

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Support the Dance Programs

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Every summer, Chautauqua Institution brings some of the world’s most talented musicians, vocalists, dancers and visual artists to the grounds for educational and performance opportunities amid our world-class culture and arts environment.

2018 applications open at different times for each of our programs. Please check back for regular program updates.

Voice applications: Beginning September 1
Dance applications: Beginning November 1
Music School Festival Orchestra applications: Beginning November 1
Piano applications: Beginning November 1
Visual Arts applications: Beginning January 1

 

Conducting Fellowship

MSFO final performance 20150817 5238The David Effron Conducting Fellowship is awarded to a gifted student pursuing a career in conducting. The applicant must be enrolled in or recently graduated (within the last year) from a graduate conducting program.

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School of Dance

07XX17 FestivalDancePreview CB 01The Chautauqua School of Dance, under the direction of Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux, is well known for the unique opportunity it affords students to study with master teachers within a small studio environment.

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Music School Festival Orchestra

070517 First music school festival orchestra mpo 06Each summer we enroll 80 of the most promising young instrumentalists from the United States and abroad to join us for an exciting summer of music-making.

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Piano Program

piano chamber musicThe program offers an exceptional and exciting mixture of traditional and innovative classes, concerts and an artist certificate program.

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Theater Conservatory & Fellows

082417 Detroit67 mpo 05Internationally known actors, directors, designers and writers join 19 emerging artists drawn from the nation's top training programs to form a unique company that produces a vibrant summer of work in the historic Bratton Theater.

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School of Art

072217 schoolArtExhibit OS 09The School of Art presents the opportunity for the kind of sustained and focused study in studio art not available in academic settings.

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Voice Program

20170810 ls 04812The Chautauqua Voice Program is a seven-week intensive educational program that seeks to offer the highest caliber of training for the young singer, 18 and older.

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Alumni

Beyer and Holloway FigaroOur arts alumni are currently living, performing, and teaching all over the world. We look forward to learning more about you and where you are headed in your life and career.

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June 23–August 11, 2018

2018 applications will open January 1, 2018

From the Artistic Director

Artists need other serious artists if they are going to exceed their individual possibilities. For almost every artist, conviction without meaningful dialogue has critical limitations. That genuine exchange among serious artists is precisely what I have aimed for in developing the Chautauqua School of Art over the past 30 summers. Everything about the structure of the program—the faculty invited to participate, the students selected, even the layout of the studios—is geared toward that end.

Describing an underlying sensibility held by a diverse group of students and faculty is difficult. However, there are common threads in terms of the artists, young and old, who have associated themselves with this program. One unifying characteristic is a belief in stepping outside the confining box of what one already knows.

Consistently the artists here have had faith in both tradition and in discovery. At the same time, they have believed that tradition for its own sake, as well as novelty for its own sake, are hollow – each devoid of meaning without the other. Matisse once wrote that “When an artist doesn’t know how to prepare for the time of flowering, by work which bears little resemblance to the final result, he has a short future.”

Matisse also said that “When an artist who has arrived fails to get back to the soil from time to time, he begins to go around in circles, repeating, until by this very repetition, curiosity is extinguished.” These two notions form the core of what the artists at the Chautauqua School of Art attempt to bring together during two intensive months every summer.

The School of Art offers serious young artists a chance to give themselves over to a sustained period of exploration. The emphasis is on a period of study in depth with a limited number of selected instructors and a close-knit group of students. Repeatedly students have commented that one thing they

realize during the summer is that it takes several weeks of intense involvement for the work, the ideas and the experience to ferment, and by the second half of the summer things really begin to come together. For this reason, the program does not compromise the length of the session, nor does it permit part-time study.

The studio program is enhanced by a variety of outstanding visiting artists who contribute to the overall experience, and students may sign up for critiques with any of the 20 or more full-time faculty and visiting artists who participate in the program during the course of the summer. However, beyond critiques, the focus is on concentrated study with the resident faculty. “I learned more about art and myself in two months here than in two years in college,” is a statement heard repeatedly at the end of the summer. This is because the concerns here are different – the emphasis is on continuity of experience and rigorous exploration and study in the students’ major areas, where they are usually working from 9 a.m. until midnight. Students and faculty live on the grounds of the Institution. They get to know one another well. They eat together, work together in the studios every day, talk with one another about their work whenever they’re out of the studios – there is a communal nature to the collaborative dialogue that develops – a sense of common struggle and shared experience.

The faculty at Chautauqua, though often nationally recognized and always highly respected, is selected, before anything else, because of their deep-rooted conviction that art is a lifelong process of education—a rigorous grounding combined with persevering exploration. It is this conviction that provides art students with a genuine educational experience in the midst of an extremely complex art world—an experience that, while not alienating students from that world, allows for the kind of commitment, awareness and authenticity to also see beyond it. In the end, students often find a connection, support one another on a deep level, and collectively exceed their individual possibilities.

DON KIMES
Artistic Director

 

Apply today: Artistic Director, Visual Arts at Chautauqua Institution (VACI)

The Visual Arts at Chautauqua Institution (VACI) seeks applicants for a visionary leader to direct a dynamic a program comprised of the Chautauqua School of Art, Strohl and Fowler-Kellogg Art Centers, an artist lecture series and growing education and community engagement programs. This position begins in Fall, 2018 and reports to the Vice President of Performing and Visual Arts (PAVA).

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Advisory Council to the Artistic Director

Advisory Council to the Artistic Director

 

Apply Today :: School of Art

 K8A9716The deadline for applications is April 1. Work/Study Scholarship and admission decisions are announced before the end of April via email. Applications must submit 20 images of recent work along with the online application. Scholarships are also available. There are scholarship awards for full tuition, half tuition and partial tuition, as well as some awards which also cover housing.

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Art Faculty

 K8A1679The faculty at the Chautauqua School of Art are selected because of their deep-rooted conviction that art is a lifelong process of education.

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Cost & General Information

 K8A9055The school stresses the individuality of each student. Students still enrolled in college often can receive graduate or undergraduate transfer credit.

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Housing and Student Life

bellinger2Students live in our dorms side by side with other musicians, dancers and visual artists forming relationships that last a lifetime.

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Student Gallery

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About VACI & the Galleries

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Exhibitions

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VACI Artist Lecture Series

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VACI Partners

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Near Chautauqua

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June 25 - August 12, 2016

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The Chautauqua Institution Voice Department is a seven-week intensive educational program that seeks to offer the highest caliber of training for the young singer, 18 and older. Under the leadership of Marlena Kleinman Malas, a select group of singers study, coach and perform in an idyllic setting on the grounds of the Chautauqua Institution in western New York State. Voice lessons, role preparation, diction classes and vocal coachings are guided by a full-time staff of voice teachers, coaches and a resident stage director, along with numerous guest artists.

At the start of the summer we will gather in McKnight Hall for the annual sing-in. Each singer presents one aria or song. Choose something you feel best showcases your voice. At the end of the summer, we will have the sing-out where students typically perform whatever they like. Pieces have included arias, songs, music theater, ensembles, comedy or sentimental favorites.

We perform two operas each summer. The first opera will be multi-cast and performed in 250-seat Fletcher Music Hall with reduced instrumental ensemble and piano, full costumes, props and lighting. The second opera will be performed in the 4,000-seat Chautauqua Amphitheater with the Music School Festival Orchestra, full staging, costumes and props. The opera's presented in 2015 were "Ariodante" and "La Boheme".

"Chautauqua is a unique program that allows the most promising voice students to work daily with some of the most influential voice faculty in the world, all in a nurturing environment that allows for intense improvement in all aspects of singing. That combined with the beautiful location, and close knit community makes for an experience that can not be rivaled"

Christopher Tiesi, Curtis Institute of Music

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The Piano Program

June 25 - July 31, 2016

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Chautauqua Piano 2016 will be a dynamic, 5-week program for 22 young pianists, ages 18-28. Combining a kaleidoscopic array of resident and guest faculty with unmatched practice and performance facilities, the program is designed for pianists who are seeking to make the transition from student to professional. Unlike programs in which pianists are assigned a single teacher for the duration, Chautauqua aims to develop independence of artistry with an engaging and stimulating variety of experiences and influences. Whether your aim for summer study is to learn repertoire, prepare for an audition or recital, hone your competition skills, gain technical facility, interact with peers and teachers to gain new ways of exploring music, or simply to enact change, Co-Directors Nicola Melville and John Milbauer invite you to consider the many possibilities that Chautauqua Piano affords.

The resident faculty provide a weekly foundation of a unified but open approach to music making. In addition to private lessons, the faculty will lead performance classes that explore topics ranging from the specific (the relationship between physical breath and phrasing; different approaches to the use of weight in piano sound) to more general concepts (finding your unique voice as a performer; creating performance opportunities, the benefits of interdisciplinarity, developing a professional niche in the music world).

Chautauqua Piano is unique in the world of summer piano programs also due to our tremendous guest faculty who visit throughout the summer for residencies ranging from three days to one week during which they perform, give public master classes, and interact with students in private Q&A sessions; many guests will teach private lessons, as well. Guest faculty represent a broad range of backgrounds, pedagogical approaches, and repertoire, and demonstrate both traditional and innovative ways of being successful as a pianist today. Not all participants will have private lessons with every guest, though opportunities are distributed equitably and there is an emphasis on the importance of both individual and group learning.

Chautauqua Piano is an integral part of a larger Institution that provides evening symphony, dance, opera, and pops concerts in the 4000-seat open-air Amphitheater; daily themed lectures by world-renowned speakers; a professional theater company and a theater conservatory; schools of art and dance; multiple galleries, and countless other offerings. Students are offered free tickets to most events, and are encouraged by our piano department calendar to explore the wider artistic and intellectual world of the Chautauqua Institution.

Finally, a significant component of students' experience at Chautauqua is the wonderfully warm and supportive community. Public classes and competitions are often very well attended and provide the opportunity for students to develop skills in audience interaction and audience building. Students in past summers have developed deep friendships with the general public and each other that have continued long after our program ends.

 

"In my view, the Chautauqua Institution has a magical atmosphere of musical inspiration, dedication and love for music making. All these and more aspects make the piano program in Chautauqua a unique opportunity for many young pianists. I found myself strongly impressed by the high level of piano performance by the students and the remarkable teaching approaches in Chautauqua Institution."

Alexander Gavrylyuk

 

"The Chautauqua Piano Program is an outstanding institution. The curriculum is rigorous yet intensely supportive and nurturing. A wonderful feeling of community and inclusion pervades all aspects of Chautauqua life, with great and frequent interaction between the faculty and students. The beautiful surroundings and a myriad of non-musical activities inspire and encourage all. For a serious piano student, there is no better way to spend a summer!"

Jon Nakamatsu

The Chautauqua Ballet program, under the direction of Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux, is well known for the unique opportunity it affords students to study with master teachers within a small studio environment. The faculty at Chautauqua will often help place students into major companies throughout the U.S. through their many contacts. An important part of the program is the possibility for young dancers to perform (with live music) in the 4,000-seat Amphitheater.

The School of Dance facilities include four large teaching and rehearsal studios — the Carnahan-Jackson Studios. The dancers are housed in a well-supervised dormitory which is adjacent to the studios. The summer of 2009 saw the completion of new buildings which house the costume shop as well as faculty/staff housing. The center core of the Carnahan-Jackson Studios has been reconfigured to provide for enhanced administrative and production offices as well as proper locker rooms for both professional and student dancers.

The ballet curriculum at Chautauqua is designed for talented students who wish to pursue careers as professional ballet dancers. Intensive training in classical ballet will be continued in rehearsals leading to performances. All classes feature live music. In spite of a rigorous schedule of classes and rehearsals, students will have ample time to enjoy recreational activities at Chautauqua including symphony concerts, professional ballet company performances, Friday Night specials and any number of recitals and lectures at no extra cost.

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Audition & Application Information

June 27—August 15, 2015Applications Due: April 15, 2015


From the Artistic Director

Artists need other serious artists if they are going to exceed their individual possibilities. For almost every artist, conviction without meaningful dialogue has critical limitations. That genuine exchange among serious artists is precisely what I have aimed for in developing the Chautauqua School of Art over the past 29 summers. Everything about the structure of the program—the faculty invited to participate, the students selected, even the layout of the studios—is geared toward that end.

Describing an underlying sensibility held by a diverse group of students and faculty is difficult. However, there are common threads in terms of the artists, young and old, who have associated themselves with this program. One unifying characteristic is a belief in stepping outside the confining box of what one already knows.

Consistently the artists here have had faith in both tradition and in discovery. At the same time, they have believed that tradition for its own sake, as well as novelty for its own sake, are hollow – each devoid of meaning without the other. Matisse once wrote that “When an artist doesn’t know how to prepare for the time of flowering, by work which bears little resemblance to the final result, he has a short future.”

Matisse also said that “When an artist who has arrived fails to get back to the soil from time to time, he begins to go around in circles, repeating, until by this very repetition, curiosity is extinguished.” These two notions form the core of what the artists at the Chautauqua School of Art attempt to bring together during two intensive months every summer.

The School of Art offers serious young artists a chance to give themselves over to a sustained period of exploration. The emphasis is on a period of study in depth with a limited number of selected instructors and a close-knit group of students. Repeatedly students have commented that one thing they realize during the summer is that it takes several weeks of intense involvement for the work, the ideas and the experience to ferment, and by the second half of the summer things really begin to come together. For this reason, the program does not compromise the length of the session, nor does it permit part-time study.

The studio program is enhanced by a variety of outstanding visiting artists who contribute to the overall experience, and students may sign up for critiques with any of the 20 or more full-time faculty and visiting artists who participate in the program during the course of the summer. However, beyond critiques, the focus is on concentrated study with the resident faculty. “I learned more about art and myself in two months here than in two years in college,” is a statement heard repeatedly at the end of the summer. This is because the concerns here are different – the emphasis is on continuity of experience and rigorous exploration and study in the students’ major areas, where they are usually working from 9 a.m. until midnight. Students and faculty live on the grounds of the Institution. They get to know one another well. They eat together, work together in the studios every day, talk with one another about their work whenever they’re out of the studios – there is a communal nature to the collaborative dialogue that develops – a sense of common struggle and shared experience.

The faculty at Chautauqua, though often nationally recognized and always highly respected, is selected, before anything else, because of their deep-rooted conviction that art is a lifelong process of education—a rigorous grounding combined with persevering exploration. It is this conviction that provides art students with a genuine educational experience in the midst of an extremely complex art world—an experience that, while not alienating students from that world, allows for the kind of commitment, awareness and authenticity to also see beyond it. In the end, students often find a connection, support one another on a deep level, and collectively exceed their individual possibilities.

DON KIMES
Artistic Director

Advisory Council to the Artistic Director

Advisory Council to the Artistic Director

June 25 - August 16, 2016

The MSFO is a major component of the curriculum and attracts musicians from leading music programs across the United States and around the world. Timothy Muffitt, music director and conductor of the Baton Rouge Symphony and the Lansing Symphony, is the principal conductor for the six-concert series by the MSFO.

tim m 2013Each summer we enroll 80 of the most promising young instrumentalists from here and abroad to join us for an exciting summer of music making. Our students are typically 18 to 28 and enrolled in (or recently graduated from) undergraduate or graduate studies. On occasion, we do admit a high school student who is advanced enough and ready to undertake seven weeks of intensive study. There are no auditions for seating, all sections are rotated for each concert.

We consider orchestral, private lessons and chamber music each to be vital components of the instrumental program and our schedule illustrates this. The orchestra rehearses daily for the majority of the seven weeks and performs its concerts in Chautauqua’s 4,000-seat Amphitheater. Each instrumentalist receives six private lessons with a member of the faculty and is scheduled for a minimum of 12 hours of reserved practice time each week. There are 2 distinct phases of chamber music for every student to participate in. Most students are engaged by an integrated three-phase mock audition component comprising of: psychology, performance and debriefing providing priceless insight into the professional road ahead. String players should note that for much of the seven weeks there is usually a luthier on hand to assist with repairs as necessary.

"Chautauqua was such a wonderful, fun, and intense summer. The MSFO is a training ground for what to expect if you're pursuing music as a profession. The teachers are amazing, and the experience is one I will never forget"

Kathryn Bradley, double bass | Peabody Conservatory of Music

“There is no place like Chautauqua on earth. Nowhere else does one get the opportunity to interact and collaborate with outstanding musicians, ballet dancers, singers, artists and actors.”

Ben Buergel | Michigan State University

The Music School Festival Orchestra is underwritten by the Hultquist Foundation of Jamestown, NY 

MSFO Concert Attire
Men: A black suit or tuxedo, white shirt, black bow tie and all black shoes.
Women: Black skirt/dress from floor length to within 2" of ankles and appearing long when sitting OR black full-length dressy-style pants of formal fabrics (no tight clothing, no casual fabrics such as denim) White long-sleeved or short-sleeved blouse (sleeveless blouses are NOT acceptable), Dressy all-black shoes

 

In 2016, the concerts are scheduled for
July 5, July 11, July 18, July 25, August 8 and August 15.