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The Summer Chamber Music Workshop is currently on hiatus. We hope to bring it back eventually.

Presented by the Santa Cruz County Youth Symphony, for intermediate to advanced musicians, ages 10 to 21

  • Two coaching sessions each day with professional musicians
  • Master classes with guest artists
  • Eat lunch in the redwoods
  • Make friends and have fun playing music
  • Perform in the final concert on Saturday afternoon

Dates: tbd
Time: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Location: UC Santa Cruz Music Center
Coaches: Cynthia Baehr-Williams, violin; Erin Irvine, winds; Kumi Uyeda, piano; and guest coaches
Tuition: $525

Please fill out the application form (once the program returns), and someone will contact you soon.

The Coaches

Cynthia Baehr-Williams, violin

Cynthia is concertmaster of the Opera San Jose and San Jose Chamber Orchestras. She has also appeared frequently as a soloist with the San Jose Chamber Orchestra and New Music Works Ensemble of Santa Cruz. A passionate advocate of string education, Cynthia is the founder and Music Director of Santa Cruz Chamber Strings, an ensemble of young string players. Having served on the faculties of Santa Clara University and the Silicon Valley Youth Conservatory at San Jose State University, she currently maintains a thriving studio of private students in Santa Cruz. Before moving to the Bay Area, Cynthia lived in Europe where she performed as a member of the Lucerne Chamber Soloists in Switzerland and the Wurttembergisches Chamber Orchestra in Germany.

Judy Roberts, cello

Judy studied music performance at Northwestern University, the University of Texas at Austin, and Indiana University’s School of Music in Bloomington. She was Assistant Principal Cellist in the National Opera of Mexico City. In 1985, her travels took her to Germany, where she was Principal Cellist in the Stadttheater Lüneburg. During her 25 years in Germany, she also played with the Stadttheater Lübeck and Stadttheater Kiel, as well as for musicals in Hamburg. Chamber Music has always been part of Judy’s life, with performances in Mexico City as well as Germany. Since returning to the USA in 2007, she plays with the Symphony Silicon Valley, Monterey Symphony, and the Santa Cruz Symphony. She is also a member of Santa Cruz New Music Works. ​Teaching has been a part of Judy’s career for more than 30 years. In 2015 she co-founded the Santa Cruz Music Academy.

Erin Irvine, winds

Erin is currently an active performer and educator in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is a tenured member of Stockton Symphony and has played with numerous orchestras including the San Francisco Symphony and the San Franciso Ballet. She is currently on the faculty at UC Santa Cruz, where she teaches bassoon and coaches the woodwind quintet. Having received a Masters of Music from Rice University and a Bachelor of Arts from UCLA, Erin has had the opportunity to study with Benjamin Kamins, Arlen Fast, and Gregg Henegar. In her “spare time” she makes reeds.

Kumiko Uyeda, piano

Kumiko currently teaches world music courses at the University of San Francisco in the Performing Arts and Social Justice Department. She worked as a freelance pianist before resuming her academic studies at UC Santa Cruz and received a Ph.D. in Cultural Musicology in 2015, with research focus on the indigenous Ainu music of Japan. She received her M.M. degree in piano performance from the Manhattan School of Music in New York City, and has published two solo piano CD albums to date: Music of Erik Satie and Art of Love. Kumiko enjoys performing in various genres, including western art music, jazz-fusion, and collaborating with poets and traditional instrumentalists. In addition to solo appearances, Kumiko performs with Cynthia Baehr-Williams, violin, and Kristin Garbeff, cello.

Photos from Past Workshops

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