Credo New England: A festival for strings, woodwinds, brass and percussion age 12-18

June 22 – June 25, 2017 (ages 12-18)

creation-winds-web-sizeCredo New England at Gordon College will be a celebration of the finest pre-college instrumentalists in the New England region. Similar to an All-state music festival, Credo New England will feature orchestra and wind ensemble, exciting master classes, career talks, chamber music reading, and opportunities to connect with leading teachers, performers, and students from around New England.

Faculty will include Credo Artistic Director Peter Slowik, Interlochen Arts Academy Conductor Matthew Schlomer, and NEC Prep/BYSO Conductor Marta Zurad.  Several members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra will also join the Credo New England faculty – stay tuned for further faculty announcements.


Matthew Schlomer
Wind Ensemble Director

Peter Slowik
Orchestra Director

 Marta Zurad
String Orchestra Conductor

The Credo experience is often pivotal in the lives of young musicians, propelling them to advanced study at leading American conservatories while nurturing their development as sincere and engaged members of society.


The Quick Facts:

Who: All advanced string, woodwind, brass and percussion students ages 12-18 are invited to apply
What: An intensive festival of master classes, performance, and community engagement for talented students of orchestral instruments.
When: June 22– June 25, 2017
Where: Gordon College, Wenham, MA

Admission to the Program

Admission to Credo New England is made by “rolling admission,” with earlier applications having a greater likelihood of being accepted into the program. Students applying for Credo New England may also be considered for Credo Oberlin by checking the appropriate box on the application form.

Sample Day

A typical day at Credo New England will include:

  • 1 to 2 hours of instrumentally- specific technique sessions
  • 2 hours of large ensemble rehearsal
  • Chamber music reading
  • Interactive lecture/discussion on
    • Music theory
    • Careers in music
    • How to Practice
    • Healthy Movement for Musicians
  • “Morning Sing” group devotional
  • Instrumental master class

Sample Daily Schedule

7:45 – 8:20 AM Breakfast (residential students only)
8:30 AM Morning Sing
9 AM Instrumentally-specific technique session or master class
10 AM – noon Large Ensemble (orchestra, wind ensemble)
12:15 – 1:15 PM Lunch (provided for commuting and residential students)
1:30 PM Master class  or other large group activity
3 PM Instrumentally- specific technique session
4 PM Chamber music reading or large ensemble rehearsal
5 PM Commuting students dismissed; residential students dinner
Evening Concerts or planned activities

Service Projects

The inclusion of a service element is essential to the Credo ethos. Credo New England students will participate with their colleagues in a morning or afternoon of serving others, providing opportunity for personal and community growth. We seek to balance musical and physical service, allowing our students to appreciate the way that they are specially gifted to serve others, but also emphasizing that helping others is something we are all called to do.


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2016 Credo students participate in a technique class in Phillips Recital Hall.

While in residence at Gordon College’s Phillips Music Center, students enjoy excellent rehearsal, coaching, and practice facilities. Click here to take a tour of the Phillips Recital Hall, designed by architect William L. Rawn, the world renowned architect behind Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Seiji Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood!