Located in Lake Luzerne, NY, Luzerne Music Center (LMC) offers eight weeks of intensive music training for students, ages 9-18, and presents 32 free and low-cost classical concerts for the public during the summer months of June, July, and August.
In 1980 Luzerne Music Center (LMC), formerly Camp Tekakwitha - a Catholic boys camp owned and operated by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany, was purchased and founded by Philadelphia Orchestra cellist Bert Phillips and his wife, Steinway artist and pianist Toby Blumenthal. Phillips and Blumenthal served together as executive directors at LMC from 1980, until Phillips died in 2008. Blumenthal continued to serve as executive director until 2010, when violinist and Luzerne Music Center alumna Elizabeth Pitcairn was named as successor. Today, LMC is an international sleep away camp that aims to provide world-class music instruction for passionate musicians ages 9 to 18, regardless of their financial circumstances.
In addition to the camp, LMC presents more than 20 free student concerts, six Faculty Artist Concerts, and the Luzerne Chamber Music Festival, a series of concerts curated by President and Artistic Director Elizabeth Pitcairn. The Festival welcomes internationally acclaimed performing artists, and has featured Midori, Sarah Chang, Miró Quartet, Ying Quartet, Chris Brubeck, Time for Three, Canadian Brass, Philadelphia Orchestra musicians, as well as distinguished composers George Crumb, John Corigliano, Richard Danielpour, Joan Tower, David Ludwig and Michael Kamen.