TMC Fellows develop a strong sense of community and an active social and recreational life that complements the rigorous musical environment.
The bonds and friendships that Fellows develop during the summer will last throughout their entire careers.
Most TMC Fellows reside in the dormitory of Miss Hall's School in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, located seven miles from the Tanglewood grounds. A bus runs regularly between the two locations, although Fellows are strongly encouraged to bring a car, both for their own daily transportation and to explore the many attractions in the Berkshires.
The dorm consists of single and double room accommodations. Fellows returning for a second or third summer are given preference for single rooms, but several will be available to first-year Fellows through a lottery system. Other facilities at Miss Hall's School include performance and rehearsal spaces, a communal lounge, free laundry, and tennis courts, a basketball court, and athletic fields, where Fellows often enjoy games of soccer and ultimate frisbee.
Fellows are served two meals daily at Miss Hall's School.
Those Fellows who do not wish to reside in the dorm may opt out, and receive a $2,500 stipend with which to find their own housing in the area. This fee is inclusive of a meal stipend.
Studies have shown that yoga is useful to musicians in reducing performance-related anxieties and injuries. In partnership with the world-famous Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, the TMC is pleased to offer interested Fellows access to yoga classes at greatly-reduced fees.
THE BSO BEACH
Tanglewood is situated on the Stockbridge Bowl. During breaks between rehearsals, TMC Fellows can often be found at the small beach on its shores that is down the hill from campus, where they mingle with BSO members and their families, as well as guest artists appearing with the BSO.