It All Happens at Sleepy Hollow Resort in South Haven, Michigan


Gunther Fonken

One of our own for many years, Gunther, whose enthusiasm for chamber music and cello-playing never waned, passed away in the spring after a long illness. He is memorialized in this tribute in words and music on WMUK-FM, the Western Michigan University radio station in his hometown of Kalamazoo.

Typical session

How the program works

Three times a day each weekend, different combinations of musicians assemble as groups in the various newly rebuilt condos at the resort. Armed with their quartets, quintets, trios, whatever, these players make the finest music they can on the spot. Above: violinist Kay DeLuca, cellist Alice Karosas, violist Kristi Hansen, violinist Marcia Cozzi. Dropping in every few sessions will be one of our artists in residence.

Saturday supper

Donating and Dining Together

All potluck supper attendees sign up to make a contribution, and a generous offering of culinary favorites is available to satisfy just about any palate.

2015 Chamber Music Dates and Coaches

• May 14-17: Addison Teng, violin, and Julian Hersh, cello

• September 17-20: Bruce Uchimura, cello, and Susan Wiersma Uchimura, piano

It's Time to Pay Homage

Sam and Paula Golden in September 2012

Sam and Paula Golden: officially retired

Sam Golden of Chicago started this twice-yearly chamber music program 45 years ago with wife Paula as his support team. Now, as they pass the torch to a new generation, it's time to pay homage, and that's just what our Golden Appreciation page is set up to do. Everyone is invited to write and submit an entry.

Tom Morgan and Alison Edwards

The new team: Tom Morgan, Alison Edwards

Having undergone the rigors of a difficult apprenticership, ace assigners Tom and Alison relax after completing another weekend of artful diplomacy in assigning players to compatible groups — hopefully without too many complaints. Players from the upper Midwest (and frequently beyond) keep returning, and new players continue to give it a try. A weekend at Sleepy Hollow promises fulfillment in terms of chamber music participation, socializing with old acquaintances as well as making new contacts, and doing it all in pleasant surroundings on scenic Lake Michigan.

Saturday potluck supper

The Saturday Night Potluck Supper

Sylvelin Bouwman, right, directs traffic in the kitchen, with assistants Pat Addis and Joan Blair. It was Sylvelin who originated the concept and who now has assumed responsibility for keeping things organized, a big job once handled by Paula, on concert night no less.

Additional photos of our concerts and related weekend activities are posted on the updated Photo Gallery page.