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Garth Newel Music Center
Address Warm Springs, Virginia
Coordinates 38°01′27″N 79°47′53″W / 38.024255°N 79.797993°W / 38.024255; -79.797993
Opened 1973

Garth Newel Music Center is a 501c3 not-for-profit educational institute located on a 114-acre mountainside property near Hot Springs in Bath County, Virginia. Recipient of the 2012 CMAcclaim Award from Chamber Music America for their contributions to the field of chamber music, Garth Newel Music Center celebrated its 40th anniversary in the summer of 2013.

Garth Newel, a Welsh phrase meaning "new hearth" or "new home," was the name given to the property in the 1920s by William Sergeant Kendall and Christine Herter Kendall, his bride.

Home to the Garth Newel Piano Quartet, the Center offers over 60 concerts annually. The annual Summer Chamber Music Festival, which takes place on weekends between late June and Labor Day, features twenty performances by the quartet and their guests and performances by Fellowship (student) ensembles.

Other annual performances include three three-day "Fall Foliage" concert weekends each October; Thanksgiving and New Year's Holiday Weekends; wintertime "pub" concerts, and three concert weekends each May, as well as the annual Virginia Blues and Jazz Festival each June and an American Made concert series that features bluegrass, old time and other traditional American music forms.

Recent Music Center musical guests have included: The Ensō, Dadealus and Borromeo String Quartets.

Garth Newel Piano Quartet

As artists-in-residence at Garth Newel Music Center, the Garth Newel Piano Quartet performs over 50 concerts each year.

The Quartet has performed throughout the United States and on five continents as a quartet and individually. Recent tours have included concerts at New York's Carnegie Hall, the Corcoran Gallery, Strathmore Hall, Virginia Military Institute, The Lyceum in Alexandria, Williamsburg Chamber Music Society, Washington Conservatory of Music, the University of Memphis, and the San Diego Chamber Music Workshop.

In 2012, the quartet traveled to Turkey where they gave a lengthy performance tour. In 2014, they traveled to Croatia where they spent over a week performing.

The Garth Newel Piano Quartet serve as faculty for the Garth Newel Summer Fellowship Program for college-age musicians and work regularly with local public schools. They also coach adult and student ensembles and host the Garth Newel Amateur Chamber Music Workshop each March.


The Garth Newel Music Center plays host to numerous programs for young musicians. The Allegheny Mountain String Project is partnered with the music center and rehearses and performs there several times a year. The quartet regularly performs at schools around the country and the Appomattox Regional Governor's School orchestra attends a weekend of workshops with the quartet every spring. Garth Newel also hosts an Amateur Retreat every spring. Each summer, college and conservatory students from around the world journey to Garth Newel to attend the Young Artists Fellowship program where they spend a month in rehearsals and master classes that culminate in a final performance here at the music center.


  • Teresa Ling, violin
  • Evelyn Grau, viola
  • Isaac Melamed, cellist
  • Jeannette Fang, pianist

The quartet has recorded two CDs featuring masterworks of the piano quartet repertoire: Mozart's Quartet in G minor, KV 478 and the Brahms Quartet in G minor, Opus 25, Dvorak's Quartet in E-flat Major, Opus 87 and the lesser-known Czech work, Bohuslav Martinu's Quartet No. 1.

The music center has been featured in a number of video segments in the series entitled 'In A Day's Drive' over the years.

Garth Newel

Garth Newel
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Garth Newel Music Center is located in Virginia
Garth Newel Music Center
Location in Virginia
Garth Newel Music Center is located in the United States
Garth Newel Music Center
Location in the United States
Location 447 Garth Newel Ln., near Hot Springs, Virginia
Area 114.33 acres (46.27 ha)
Built 1923 (1923)-1924, c. 1925, 1954
Architect Lee, Merrill Clifford and Clifton Lee, Jr., Lee & Lee; Fitzgibbon, James Walter
NRHP reference No. 13000402
Significant dates
Added to NRHP June 19, 2013

Garth Newel is a historic home located near Hot Springs, Bath County, Virginia. The main house was built in 1923–1924, and consists of a three-story central block flanked by 2 1/2-story wings. Each section is topped by a gambrel roof and entirely clad in rough-sawn vertical board and batten. Also on the property are a number of contributing cottages and outbuildings, including Entrance Piers (c. 1925), Woodzell Cottage (c. 1925), Kendall House (1954), Giles Cottage (c. 1925), Arabian Horse Barn (c. 1925), Indoor Riding Arena/Herter Hall (c. 1925), Fire Pit (c. 1925), and Stone Retaining Wall/Steps (c. 1925).

Garth Newel was built by artist William Sergeant Kendall (1869-1938) and his second wife Christine Herter Kendall (1890-1981). Together they built the estate beginning in 1923, shortly after their permanent move to Virginia. For the remainder of their lives, Garth Newel was their focus, providing them a rural yet sophisticated estate at which they painted, raised award-winning Arabian horses, and participated in the elite society of Bath County. They were also known for hosting small concerts in the main residence at Garth Newel.

The complex was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2013.

Garth Newel panoramic 2016
Panoramic image of Garth Newel and some of its outbuildings in 2016
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