NOTE: If you’re interested in participating in the Chamber Music Academy for the 2019–20 season, please check back in early September 2019 for a link to the application form.
The Chamber Music Academy (CMA) provides students a range of opportunities to study, rehearse, and perform in a setting that balances structure with flexibility, guidance with independence, and discipline with inspiration. CMA ensembles provide an intimate setting for young musicians and their coaches to share the joys of chamber music. The photos above were taken by Kevin Monahan at the Chamber Music Academy’s Winter 2019 Concert. Click the images to see the names of the musicians. Scroll down for more photos from the concert.
Our chamber music groups meet weekly on a schedule that fits the participants. They are coached by a professional every other week. Our coaches for the 2018–2019 season were Cynthia Baehr-Williams, violin; Judy Roberts, cello; and Erin Irvine, winds. Coaches for the 2019–2020 season will be announced in September 2019. Each group stays together through the season (October to May). Performance opportunities include two concerts, the first in January and the second in May. The ensembles will also enter the Baroque Festival Youth Chamber Music Competition in March and the Talent Bank Competition in April and may be asked to perform after one or both of those competitions.
Our existing violin quartet, The Fourtes, will participate in the Chamber Music Academy again this season. The quartet will perform as part of the Youth Symphony concerts on November 17, 2019 and May 24, 2020. They will enter the Baroque Festival and Talent Bank competitions and will also perform as part of Cynthia Baehr-Williams’s Chamber Strings concerts.
In addition to The Fourtes, we anticipate that several additional ensembles will be formed in the fall of 2019. All ensembles will rehearse and perform throughout the 2019–2020 season. Visit our Concerts page for more information.
HOW TO APPLY
If you’re interested in participating in the Chamber Music Academy for the 2019–20 season, please check back in early September 2019 for a link to the application form.
Each ensemble will meet weekly from October to May. Every other week, the practice session will be coached. Tuition covers compensation for our coaches, as well as costs associated with CMA’s performances. Please do not make a payment until you learn whether or not you are placed in an ensemble. Financial aid is available for families that need assistance. Visit our Tuition page to learn more.