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 this season are Cynthia Baehr-Williams, violin; Judy Roberts, cello; and Erin Irvine, winds. Each group stays together through the season (October to May). Performance opportunities include two concerts, the first on January 19, 2019 at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Aptos and the second on a yet-to-be-determined date in May of 2019. The ensembles will also enter the Baroque Festival Youth Chamber Music Competition on March 23, 2019 and the Talent Bank Competition on April 14, 2019 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 18, 2018 and May 19, 2019. 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, four additional ensembles were formed in the fall of 2018: a string trio with two violins and a cello; a piano trio with violin, cello, and piano; a woodwind trio with flute, clarinet, and bassoon; and a clarinet trio. All five ensembles will rehearse and perform throughout the 2018–19 season. Visit our Concerts page for more information.

The Chamber Music Academy will also offer a weeklong Summer Chamber Music Workshop, June 24–29, 2019, at UC Santa Cruz. Visit our Summer Chamber Music Workshop page to learn more.

If you’re interested in participating in 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.