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

Introducing ... New Artists in Residence

Violinist Bernard Zinck and cellist Scott Cook will join us for the first time as our artists-in-residence for the September session. They are on the string faculty at the Peck School of the Arts, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. Learn more on our Artists page.


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

The Saturday Potluck Supper

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

2014 Chamber Music Dates and Coaches

• May 15-18: Bruce Uchimura, cello, and Susan Wiersma Uchimura, piano

• September 18-21: Bernard Zinck, violin, and Scott Cook, cello

Sam and Paula Golden in September 2012

Sam and Paula Golden

Sam Golden of Chicago started this twice-yearly chamber music program more than 40 years ago with wife Paula as his support team. 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 new contacts, and doing it all in pleasant surroundings situated on Lake Michigan.

Saturday night concert

The New Concert Hall

On Saturday night the musicians form an orchestra and play a mostly unrehearsed concert, as shown above at the first concert in the new community room in the spring of 2009. Artist in residence and maestro Bruce Uchimura did the conducting. Performers and audience alike still bask in the abundance of light and ample space.

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

Tom Morgan and Alison Edwards

The end of a weekend of scheduling

Ace assigners Tom Morgan and Alison Edwards relax after their diplomatic mission is completed — hopefully without too many complaints.