Violin and String Summer Mastercourse2019-08-11T11:54:50+00:00
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Keshet Eilon Violin and String Summer Mastercourse

The Keshet Eilon International String Mastercourse, a three-week program for violin and string students from Israel and the rest of the world, offering personal instruction by distinguished teachers, masterclasses, innovative workshops, opportunities to perform as soloists in concerts, and a unique archery sports program for string instrumentalists. The Mastercourse is attended each summer by some 50-60 outstanding young violinists, violists and cellists from all parts of the world, many of whom are prizewinners of international competitions. Approximately 1,250 alumni of Keshet Eilon throughout the world continue to keep in touch with the Music Center and help promote it. During the International Mastercourses, all activities, including individual lessons and masterclasses, are open to the public at no charge. The concerts held every evening in the Bar-Uryan Concert Hall require a modest fee earmarked for covering maintenance expenses.

Save the Date
Keshet Eilon Summer Mastercourse 30th Anniversary
July 26 to August 13, 2020

Music lovers, Galilee residents, dear friends,
In the coming year we will be marking the 30th anniversary of Keshet Eilon with a whole range of special events and productions.
Be sure to update yourselves on Facebook or our website
We look forward to seeing you with us next year!

Course dates:
July 26-August 12, 2020

Deadline for applications:
February 28th

Teacher recommendations:
Due in by March 30th

Changes to repertoire list:
Due in by June 30th (changes will not be accepted after that)

Age limit for unaccompanied candidates: 16 to 26
Suitable candidates under the age of 16 will need to be accompanied by a guardian (Parent, etc..), young applicants will be allowed to take part only for half the period of the course. Please note there’s a limited number of vacancies for this category.

Course Registration and Tuition fees:
NIS 500 non-refundable registration fee to cover the costs of application assessment should be submitted together with the application form.
This fee is applicable to all applicants with no exceptions

NIS 12,000 tuition fee covers 19 days’ accommodation, meals and snacks, all instruction, and organized outings.
This fee is applicable to all accepted applicants.

Payments are accepted also in US$ GBP and Euro the amounts are subject to exchange rates on the day of payment.

Forms of payment:
Bank transfer:
Please mark in transfer remarks – Tuition fee and your name.
Bank HaPoalim, Nahariya branch (716), account no. 28346
Keshet Eilon, registered NPO no. 58-018-637-7.
Swift Code – Poalilit / IBAN IL 96-0127-1600-0000-0028346

to submit your payment via Paypal Follow this link

Credit Card:
All major credit cards are accepted.

Make check payable to Keshet Eilon Reg. Org.
and mail it to –
Keshet Eilon Music Center
c/o Marcela Barkai
P.O. Box 1006
Kibbutz Eilon
Western Galilee 2284500

Scholarships of various amounts are available for outstanding violinists, violists and cellists in need of assistance in order to take part in the Mastercourse. To attain a scholarship, applicants must first complete the registration procedure, including filling in the Application Form in full, submitting a written request for scholarship aid (you can download the form here) accompanied by necessary financial documentation (salary slips and a financial declaration), and an audition. Only after we receive the application materials and hear the audition will scholarship eligibility and the amount to be awarded be decided.

Insurance for health, instrument, and personal belongings/equipment:
Each participant must submit a “Release from Responsibility” form, signed by their instrument insurer, together with the student’s confirmation of participation in the Mastercourse. This form will be sent together with the letter of acceptance to the Mastercourse. All insurance must be prepaid, and copies of the contracts must be submitted to Keshet Eilon upon arrival at the Mastercourse.

Should an applicant have to cancel his/her participation in the course for any personal or other reason, a cancellation charge of NIS 4,500 will be debited from the total tuition fee, pending receipt of notification of the cancellation no later than June 30th. There will be no refunds of any kind after June 30th, except for a documented medical emergency, in which case room and board only will be refunded on a pro-rated basis.

Participants must arrive at Kibbutz Eilon on Sunday, July 26, 2020, and remain until the end on Thursday morning Aug. 13th.

Transportation to Eilon: Participants traveling from Ben-Gurion Airport to Eilon are advised to take the train at the airport to the town of Nahariya, the closest town to Eilon (and the last stop of the train). Transportation from there to the kibbutz will be provided. The train schedule will be forwarded to you in accordance with your flight itinerary.

Transportation from Eilon: Transportation will be provided to the Nahariya train station on Thursday Aug. 12th at 09:00 am.


The Keshet Eilon Music Center is administered by a registered non-profit organization. Its funding is based on support by foundations, organizations and private individuals.

The online link for applications will be updated soon

The Application must include:
NIS 500 Non-refundable reg. fee
Audition recordings – 2 contrasting pieces (can be a movement of each piece) –  in form of youtube link or video file (mpg, avi etc)
CV written in a story format and not to exceed 150 words (Sample CV format)
A head-shot/half body color high resolution photograph – (this will be used for the students board and publicity purposes)
Financial Assistance Form (download form here) if applicable and supporting documents

Summer 2020 Faculty
Distinguished Guest Artists:
Violin- and Bow-making Atelier:
Violin- and Bow making Atelier

This open workshop gives students and teachers a rare opportunity to observe and follow the art of violin- and bow-making while discussing the art with Violin Maker and Restorers Adam Korman (Israel) and Yoav Finckelstein (Israel)  and Master Bow-maker Daniel Schmidt (Germany). The atelier provides all essential repair work and care of participants’ instruments. It specializes in sound arrangements and improving instrument play-ability.

Archery and the art of violin playing

This unique program was created especially for Keshet Eilon. It was initiated by master violin-maker Amnon Weinstein, one of the founders of the Mastercourse, who, together with professional archery coaches, discovered a striking similarity between violinists and archers in terms of coordination, posture, and the use of certain muscle groups: hence, violinists achieve remarkable results in archery. The connection between the two disciplines continues to prove itself consistently. Archery practice, besides providing an exciting form of recreation, assists the violinists in their playing, as it encourages perseverance and enhances the ability to concentrate, focus and ignore background interruptions.
Today all Mastercourse participants are taught archery. They are trained by professional coaches and practice every day. The project is implemented with the cooperation of volunteers from a variety of archery clubs in Israel.

A taste of the 2017 Mastercourse

The Melody keeps on going….

Schedule of Events

We won’t let the Music Stop