Boarding Student Information



Check-In Date: Saturday, July 29, 2017 between the hours of 12pm and 5pm

Upon arrival, go directly to the Summit Music Festival Office located on the 1st (middle) Floor of the Berman Center.  You will be welcomed by our staff who will check you in, confirm your paperwork, and collect your security deposit (please bring CASH or CHECK).  You will be provided with a welcome package, your linens, a garbage bag and escorted to your dorm room.


If you are unable to arrive during these hours, please let the office know in advance and keep us posted by email or phone regarding your travel status and eta.  If you are using Fine Motor Cars for transportation, the driver will contact our office to confirm you are picked up and make sure an SMF staff member is available to greet the student.



Please make sure that the office has your contact information as well as the primary way to communicate with you while on campus (text, email, message apps).


Check-out Date: Sunday, August 13, 2017 from 9am and 12pm.  

All students, faculty and guests must be off the campus by noon.

Please sign up for a check out time towards the end of the Festival.  Students may check out before August 13th provided they have met all their commitments.

Upon check-out, the room will be inspected (trash and damage), collect any rented fans, and room key.  Once inspected, the room will be closed and locked and no longer accessible.  Your security deposit and fan deposit (if applicable) will be returned after the check-out is completed.





This deposit covers the key to your room, the lock system to your room, the ID swipe card to the building and the cafeteria, and room damage. Please bring a check or money order made out to Summit Music Festival or USD cash. This deposit will be returned to you upon check out AFTER we have inspected your room (all trash removed) and all keys and ID swipe cards have been properly returned to us.

Upon check in, you will receive a key to your room and a swipe card which will open your dormitory building. There is a $100 charge for a lost or stolen key as well as a $100 charge to replace the lock system. There is a $20 charge for a lost or stolen ID swipe card. You will need to carry your ID swipe card and key with you at all times – you can attach them to the lanyards we will give you. You must hand deliver all keys and ID swipe cards to the Summit Music Festival office staff upon departure from the festival (do not leave them in your room!).



Saturday July 29th – There are no planned classes on this day.  An Ice Cream Social will be held at the Cafeteria at 8:00PM – all students are invited to attend (including commuting students).  This is an informal gathering to introduce the staff and informal Q&A session about the campus, rules for boarding students, practicing, etc.

Note:  Specific schedules and program questions will be discussed at the ORIENTATION MEETING


Sunday July 30th – Students generally have free time during the morning.  Practice rooms will be available for pianists.  There will be several specific orientation meetings held in the early afternoon (Work Study, Office Information and others if needed)


The ORIENTATION MEETING will be held on Sunday July 30th 3:00 to 5:00PM.

All students, parents, and staff are expected to attend this meeting.  At the orientation meeting, you will get a chance to meet the Directors, Staff, and some of the faculty.  You will learn how the Summit Music Festival operates and create your schedule for your individualized program.



Room assignments are made at the discretion of the Summit Music Festival based on capacity and supervisory requirements.



Students under 18 are typically housed in Spellman Hall. Spellman Hall rooms range in capacity from single rooms to four person quads. Most, but not all, rooms have a sink with a mirror and medicine cabinet. Spellman Hall rooms come with blinds on the windows. The bathrooms in the hall are communal but separated by gender..

Typical Spellman Hall Dimensions:

DOUBLE ROOM: 13′ x 11′


Top of window to sill: 56″

Top of window to floor: 84″

Window width: 85″



Students 18 and over are typically housed in Founders’ Hall. Rooms in Founders range in capacity from singles to four-person quads. All rooms share a bathroom with an adjoining room. Closets are shared by occupants. The bathrooms in Founders are fully equipped.

Typical Founders Hall Dimensions:



Top of window to sill: 56″

Top of window to floor: 84″

Window width: 46″



$5 rental, $10 deposit. Please bring $15 cash in order to rent the fan. When you return the fan in working order, you will receive $10 back.


GENERAL INFORMATION For Boarding Students & Guests

  • Each person will have a bed, mattress, desk, chair and either a dresser or a closet.
  • The dimensions of mattresses in both buildings are 80″ X 38″; standard twin sheets will fit, however, it is recommended that you buy extra long twin size sheets.
  • The dormitory is not air conditioned and you are not allowed to install air conditioners (see the Rules & Policies). You may bring a small fan or rent a fan from the SMF office.
  • There is no cooking allowed in the rooms – there is a communal kitchen in each residence hall which is available but it must be used under supervision of a Resident Assistant.
  • There are some air conditioners located in dormitory rooms that are not part of Summit Music Festival. Any student who moves one of these air conditioners into their room will be immediately sent home from the festival with no refund of tuition or room & board fees forthcoming.
  • There are other groups sharing the Dorms with Summit Music Festival.  We will have signs on those rooms that are SMF – if the room does not have a sign, it is not part of our group and contact Security directly if there is an issue.



All students under 18 years old boarding on the campus must have a parent/guardian sign the TEMPORARY GUARDIAN Form and name Anamarie Torres as the temporary guardian.  If the student is traveling with a teacher or parent who is also boarding, name the teacher or the parent as the temporary guardian.  Teachers NOT BOARDING on the campus can not be a temporary guardian.



Your room will be assigned to a specific Summit Music Festival Resident Assistant. The Resident Assistant is there to help answer your questions and to solve any issues you have with the dormitory facilities. The Resident Assistant is also responsible for maintaining the order in the dorms and for enforcing all the Rules and Policies of Summit Music Festival and Manhattanville College. If the Resident Assistants, along with the Dormitory Supervisor, are unable to resolve an issue with you directly, then the Executive Director will need to get involved. The Resident Assistants must report all incidents to the Dormitory Supervisor as soon as possible.



The Summit Music Festival has a curfew of 11pm for all boarding students. All students under the age of 18 must be in their own rooms at this time. We also restrict practicing hours to 9am-10pm. Resident Assistants are required to enforce these rules.



There is a laundry room in each residence hall available for your use. You may use change or purchase a vending card in the cafeteria building to pay for laundry.



You will be provided with a set of sheets, a pillow, pillow case, blanket, towel and washcloth. You are welcome to bring additional linens for your personal use. The mattresses are plastic covered and we recommend you bring a mattress cover or large towel to make you more comfortable on hot nights. You will be able to exchange your set of linens for a clean set each week. Details provided at check in.



In the dormitory buildings there are two trash rooms located on each end of each floor.  The ground floor has a one outdoor trash area. Students are responsible for bringing their own trash to the trash rooms.  Students may not leave trash outside their doors; it must be brought to the trash rooms.



There is a full service post office available located on the ground floor of Benziger Hall. Please contact our office regarding any deliveries. The mail window is open Monday through Friday, 10-4:30pm (closed Saturday and Sunday).

If someone wants to send you mail or care package, the mail must be addressed as follows:

Student name

Summit Music Festival

Manhattanville College

2900 Purchase St., Purchase, NY 10577


Please do not mail anything for students to the Pleasantville address, this is a residence and mail is not forwarded.


Summit Music Festival will have several bulletin boards in the middle floor of the Berman Student Center.  All announcements and sign-ups will be posted here.  It is each student’s responsibility to check these boards several times a day.



If you are a boarding string student, it is suggested that you practice in your room when possible.  The day students have priority for practice rooms 10am-5pm, the boarding students have priority 5pm-10pm​. NO PRACTICING during the hours from 11pm to 8am.  There are other groups on the campus and need to be respectful of their sleep.



For those bringing a car to the campus, either as a boarding student or as a day student commuting, you may park in any available lot (please see Rules & Policies for restricted parking information).



We currently do not have any access to the pool or the athletic fields. It is prohibited for students to use the pool or fields/athletic spaces without permission. If the policies change during the festival, you will be informed.



There is free WiFi on the Manhattanville Campus called Mville Wireless. Also, most rooms have a computer jack if you would like to also bring an ethernet cord. You are allowed to use the Manhattanville Library and Computers Labs to access the computers. The Library hours are 9am-9pm Monday through Thursdays, 9am-5pm on Fridays, and 10am-6pm on Saturdays and Sundays.