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New Years: Music of Vision and Inspiration

Dec 28, 2021 - Jan 1, 2022

A New Year’s Musical Retreat with Karl Middleman
Registration 4-6pm in the Barn, December 28, first session after dinner. Concludes with lunch January 1st.

$860/private; $720/shared; $545/commuter

If you are seeking financial assistance to participate in this program, please click on the link for our Financial Assistance Application form, below. Do NOT register online.

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610-566-4507, ext. 137

This is an especially meaningful time for our community to come back together. Our lives have changed through the challenges of global pandemic, climate crisis, political polarization, and racial and social injustice. These societal challenges have also created space for new experiences, deeper looking, and renewed aspirations. We hope you can join us as we return in-person to our Beloved Pendle Hill.

NB: All guests visiting Pendle Hill are required to provide proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 or proof of negative results from a PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival on campus (see our statement and FAQ about this policy).

Music of Vision and Inspiration

“Music is a prophecy of what life is to be, the rainbow of promise translated into hearing.” — reformer and abolitionist Lydia Maria Child

Music of Vision and Inspiration delivers on the vision of what life can be. It shows the brightness and beauty in the music of a rainbow of composers. This year we will feature music by women and diverse composers such as Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Caroline Shaw, and Valerie Coleman. Our brief foray into the music of the Harlem Renaissance will show a time in America when jazz gave voice to the joys, sorrows, and hopes of African Americans. Additionally, we will look at the concept of nationalism as refracted through the music of great 19th Century composers, Chopin and Smetana. Music of Vision and Inspiration offers compelling reasons to be resilient, hopeful, and expectant of beauty beyond times of strife.


Karl Middleman is both a conductor and an educator. His presentations have been hailed for the easy way they mix scholarship with showmanship. Karl has lectured for the Philadelphia Orchestra over 50 times and has received many awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage, and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. He teaches at Temple University and at the Chautauqua Institute.

Financial aid may be available. If you are seeking funds to participate in this program, click to review and complete our Financial Assistance Application and a Pendle Hill staff member will follow-up with you shortly (please do NOT register online). Thank you for your interest.

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