For more than 70 years, the Chamber Music Workshop (CMW) has provided amateur musicians with the opportunity to expand their knowledge of chamber music by collaborating with friends old and new, while learning from world-class performers.
Applications are accepted for individuals and pre-formed groups including strings, winds, brass, pianists, and singers. Individuals will be matched according to ability as well as personnel and repertoire requests.
About the Chamber Music Workshop
In addition to daily chamber music coachings by Conference faculty and CMW Artists-in-Residence, participants have the opportunity to partake in masterclasses, seminars, performances, chamber music reading sessions and learning new commissioned works, as well as attend open rehearsals, lectures and concerts from faculty members and students of the Contemporary Performance Institute.
Participants live and socialize with the Composers Conference Fellows , CPI and Faculty Artists, and the resulting shared experience and synergy creates a close-knit musical community unlike any other.
The Chamber Music Workshop participants have the opportunity to work in their coached ensembles with the CMW Artists-in-Residence, Resident Faculty, and members of the Conference Ensemble.
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Program Activities Overview
The Chamber Music Workshop [CMW] offers a wide variety of programs to both individuals and pre-formed ensembles in order to help tailor the chamber music experience to each participant according to their experience level, needs and areas of interest. The Workshop is open to all strings, winds, brass, piano and singers.
Typically, participants choose to participate in a full week program (which consists of three different coached sessions and repertoire choices) or a partial week program (which consists of two different coached sessions and repertoire choices.) If you are only able or interested in participating in a single coached session, or would like to spread your coached sessions over a longer period of time, you must contact us prior to submitting your registration to ensure that your special registration is properly noted and we can accommodate your scheduling needs.
Each participant has the opportunity to request what type of coached sessions (see next section) they would like to participate in, or they may leave it up to CMW to determine a personalized program to suit their needs and abilities. Should you have any questions about the nature of the sessions, please contact the CMW Director, Jessica Tong at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that there is limited space availability for the Seminars, so early registration is strongly encouraged.
Types of Coached Sessions
OFFERED: Weeks 1 and 2; mornings and afternoons
OPEN TO: all levels, individuals and pre-formed
A traditional coaching session consists of three consecutive days of coachings with other individuals or a pre-formed ensemble on a single piece. The members of the ensemble will have an opportunity to decide if they would like to perform a movement of their work on a Musicale concert or masterclass at the end of the three days.
Chamber Music Seminar—NEW TO 2017!
OFFERED: Weeks 1 and 2; on Thurs-Sat afternoons
OPEN TO: intermediate/advanced levels, individuals only, LIMITED SPOTS
The CMW Artists-in-Residence will select a specific piece for in-depth study in a masterclass-style setting. All participants of the Chamber Music Seminar will prepare the same piece, giving the participants the opportunity to play and work with different people each day. There will be assigned rehearsal time prior to the seminar followed by 2 hours of coaching by various faculty members, to get different perspectives.
WEEK I PIECE: Beethoven Trio Op. 11 (open to clarinet, violin, viola, cello and piano)
WEEK II PIECE: Brahms Horn Trio Op. 40 (open to horn, violin, viola, cello, piano)
Sonata Class Seminar – NEW TO 2017!
OFFERED: Weeks 1 and 2; on Mon-Wed afternoons
OPEN TO: intermediate/advanced levels; individuals or pre-formed duos, LIMITED SPOTS
This seminar is perfect for advanced participants looking for in-depth, detailed work, with additional focus on understanding ensemble, blend, articulation and projection in the small ensemble (duo) literature. Individuals will be placed with appropriate duo partners and pre-assigned a sonata for in-depth study in a masterclass setting with the Chamber Music Artists-in-Residence. Pre-formed duos may choose their own repertoire. There will also be assigned daily rehearsal time prior to the Sonata Class for all participants to further explore the material covered during the seminar.
Preformed Ensemble Intensive Seminar– NEW TO 2017!
OFFERED: Weeks 1 and 2; on Mon-Sat afternoons **COUNTS AS 2 COACHED SESSIONS
OPEN TO: Pre-formed ensembles only, LIMITED SPOTS
This seminar is perfect for pre-formed ensembles looking to tackle a major chamber music work together. Various Chamber Music Artists-in-Residence will work with participant ensembles on their pre-assigned piece in a daily masterclass setting. The full week session will give each ensemble an opportunity to work on their assigned piece more in depth, as well as give each participant the opportunity to study different repertoire as well, through observing other pre-assigned ensembles. Daily rehearsals after the intensive seminar are encouraged, and the ensemble intensive will culminate in a full piece performance class during the Saturday timeslot.
Chamber Skills Bootcamp– NEW TO 2017!
OFFERED: Week 1; Mon-Wed afternoons
OPEN TO: Individuals, all-levels
For chamber music newbies, or more experienced musicians simply looking to brush up on their ensemble skills, this seminar will delve into some of the foundational aspects of good chamber music making. A variety of short chamber music excerpts and arrangements will be pre-assigned to target different areas of pitch, rhythm, blend, articulation, phrasing, cueing, ensemble playing, sight reading and score reading.
Lieder Seminar– NEW TO 2017!
OFFERED: Week 2; Mon-Wed afternoons
OPEN TO: Singers and pianists, individuals and pre-formed duos, LIMITED SPOTS
An intensive vocal coaching workshop offered by the piano Artist-in-Residence for singers and pianists. A lied or selection of lieder will be pre-assigned to duos (or if an appropriate pianist is not available, the Artist-in-Residence will work directly with the singer)
In addition to the coached sessions, participants are able to participate in a vast range of additional activities during the Chamber Music Workshop.
Large Ensemble & Ad Hoc Chamber Music Readings
Readings punctuate the Chamber Music Workshop and allow participants to collaborate with a broader range of musicians and in a variety of musical settings. Large ensemble readings are organized and conducted by Conference staff and are held throughout the week in the mornings.
Ad hoc chamber music readings are self-organized during participants’ free time. At any hour of the day, you can hear sounds of friends trying out new works, from Beethoven and Mozart string quartets and Schubert songs to 20th century wind and brass quintets. Participants are encouraged to bring scores and to share, and the Wellesley music libraries are also available to participants for scores, parts, and recordings during the weeks of the Conference. To help facilitate organizing your ad hoc readings, a contact list of other participants with the same free slots will be sent out prior to the start of the CMW.
Masterclasses- NEW TO 2017!
Masterclasses will be held twice weekly on Wednesday and Saturday mornings. It is an opportunity for ensembles to perform for peers and receive feedback from different faculty members of the Conference Ensemble besides their daily coach.
A unique aspect of the Chamber Music Workshop is that it runs concurrently and symbiotically with a Composers’ Program, Conference Ensemble and the Contemporary Performance Institute, spearheaded by internationally respected and acclaimed musicians. The opportunity to observe Conference Ensemble rehearsals or Contemporary Performance Institute coachings will help to broaden your scope of chamber music repertoire and understanding, and offer a glimpse into the artistic process of professional musicians.
Concerts, Evening Lectures and Parties
Each evening of the week, there are faculty concerts, lectures by resident composers and parties to bring participants and faculty of all three programs together. The CMW Artists-In-Residence will kick off the week of concerts on Tuesday evening with a trio performance, followed by a community-wide chamber music reading party and reception. Concerts by the Conference Ensemble on Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday evenings will explore new works by the Composer Fellows and Guest Composers, as well as those from the standard literature and lesser-known older works. The Contemporary Performance Institute Fellows perform masterpieces of the 20th and 21st centuries in a Friday evening extravaganza.
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Full Week residents and commuters participate for seven days (Sunday through Saturday evening; checkout is on Sunday morning for residents). Full week participant tuition includes THREE COACHED SESSIONS throughout the week.
Partial week residents and commuters participate during first half (Monday-Wednesday) or second half (Thursday-Saturday) of the week. Partial week residents stay in dormitory Sunday through Wednesday nights or Wednesday through Saturday nights. Partial week participant tuition includes TWO COACHED SESSIONS throughout the week.
Special commuter options are for participants who are only able to participate in a SINGLE COACHED SESSION for the workshop.
IF YOUR REGISTRATION DOES NOT FALL UNDER THE TRADITIONAL FULL OR PARTIAL WEEK REGISTRATION, OR IF YOU NEED TO REGISTER AS A SPECIAL COMMUTER, PLEASE CONTACT US PRIOR TO COMPLETING YOUR REGISTRATION TO ENSURE THAT WE CAN MAKE THE NECESSARY ACCOMMODATIONS FOR YOU.
Room/Board covers breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily for residents; lunch for commuters
Registration/Facilities Fee–All participants regardless of category pay the required Registration/Facilities fee.
Family Rate (for additional family members staying on campus): $100/day (room and board)
In order to fully register for the Chamber Music Workshop, you must complete the following:
1. Read through the Program Activities Overview and Types of Coached Session under the "Activities" sidebar to learn about the new program offerings for your coached sessions.
2. Complete the Online Registration form: Click Here. If you are unable to complete the Online Registration form, please contact us (see "Contact Us" tab above).
3. Submit your appropriate registration deposit in the mail. The CMW Early Registration Deposit (prior to March 1) is $200 per person, per week, and is non-refundable. Registration received after March 1 will be subject to a $50 late charge in addition to the tuition deposit for a total of $250.
Deposit check made out to “Composers Conference” to:
Sandy Rosenberg, Treasurer
1 Chatfield Dr. Apt. 336
West Hartford, CT 06110
4. Upon receipt of your Online Registration form and your Registration Deposit, you will receive a confirmation message from the Chamber Music Workshop. Newcomers will be contact by the Director to set up an in-person or Skype meeting.
5. After acceptance letters are sent out (no later than April 15), you must submit the balance of your fees by May 1.
Info for Newcomers
Newcomers of all experience levels are welcome at the Chamber Music Workshop! As part of your registration, please note your musical experience (recent works played, organizations you perform with, etc.) and include two references (teachers, conductors, past Workshop participants, etc.) who are familiar with your playing.
We do require that all newcomers either schedule an in-person or Skype session with the CMW Director, or send in a recent video link of two contrasting movements, in order for us to be able to accurately place you in ensembles and programs that will best suit you during the Workshop.
An exception to this process may be made if you have already worked closely with a faculty member from the Chamber Music Workshop or Conference Ensemble. In this case, you must ask that faculty member to submit a recommendation on your behalf.
We will contact you after we receive and review your application with options for your audition session date and time. Early application is appreciated.