Chamber Music Saturday Program (Ages 6-18)

For strings, woodwind and brass players, and pianists.

Building on the success of WCMS's well-established classical ensemble program, we are pleased to introduce an opportunity for students to further enhance their musical growth and small ensemble skills. The Saturday Program matches students into four levels by age and playing ability, from early elementary through high school. This program allows students to explore chamber repertoire more deeply and raise their level of musical expression and artistry.

Each level of ensemble meets for 90 minutes of instruction. Sixty minutes of each session includes ensemble coaching with one of our exceptional WCMS teaching artists who have a passion for performing chamber music. The additional 30 minutes are spent in guided rehearsal with an experienced teaching assistant who will work on ensemble skill building, tuning, and warm-ups to reinforce what is covered in the weekly coaching. Each ensemble will have a performance at the end of the semester. There may be additional performance opportunities as well.

Auditions:  Students currently in the WCMS chamber ensemble program do not need to audition. Interested new students should ideally audition on Saturday, June 10, 12:00-3:00 PM (sign-up link below). There will also be auditions on Sunday, September 10 to fill any remaining spots in the program. If a student can't make either of those dates, please contact the school to make alternate arrangements.

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Audition Requirement:  Two pieces in contrasting styles (one slow and one fast) or one piece with two contrasting movements (slow and fast). Two scales of student's choice.

Fall program begins:  Saturday, September 18, 2023

Tuition per semester (15 sessions, 90 minutes each):
$624 for each participant
10% discount for WCMS private lesson students

Level 1 Beginners/around 1-2 years of lessons (generally early elementary) Saturday Time TBD
Level 2 Advanced Beginners/around 2-3 years of lessons (generally upper elementary) Saturday Time TBD
Level 3 Intermediate/around 2-3 years of lessons (generally middle school) Saturday Time TBD
Level 4 Advanced/around 4+ years of lessons (generally high school) Saturday Time TBD