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

A Chamber Music Light Has Gone Out

Samuel D. Golden, age 89. Husband of Paula nee Adler. Father of Daniel (Gail) Golden, Jonathan (Christine) Golden, Miriam Golden (Susan Borrelli), and the late Anne Ruth Golden. Grandfather of Joshua Golden (Erin Drever), Benjamin (Terese), Aaron, Nathan, and Simon Golden. Great-grandfather of Alessia Dominique. Survived by many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Interment in Oakwoods Cemetery.

The founder of Sleepy Hollow chamber music weekends passed away on March 8, 2016. He will be missed by scores of players, many of whom weren't even alive in 1969 when the first session took place. We have set up a Remembering Sam Golden page for those who wish to share their thoughts.

Memorial contributions may be made to:
KAM Isaiah Israel Congregation,, Mount St. Joseph Home,, or VOR,

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.


2016 Chamber Music Dates

• May 19-22: No coaches this session

• September 15-18: Coaches will be violinist Bernard Zinck and one other string artist yet to be determined

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.

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.

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