summer music

Summer Chamber Music Festival

Summer 2024

Monday, July 15 – Saturday, July 27, 2024

audition DATES
  • Saturday, April 27, 3:00 – 6:00 PM
  • Sunday, May 12, 12:00 – 4:00 PM
  • Sunday, May 19, 12:00 – 5:00 PM

See audition requirements below (updated for 2024) and sign up online for a time slot.

Voice coach with students and piano

Summer Chamber Music Festival (Ages 9-18)

The Summer Chamber Music Festival at WCMS is a two-week chamber music program for string, piano and woodwind students ages 9 to 18. Participants develop the art of ensemble playing, sharpen musical and performance skills, and explore creative and arts-related topics—all in a fun and nurturing environment.

Program Features:

  • Exceptional instruction with our SCMF Faculty
    • Daily chamber coaching
    • Master classes
    • Private lessons
  • Guided rehearsal time
  • Enrichment classes and special topic workshops with guest presenters
  • Music games, recreation time, and talent show
  • Final concert for family and friends

Ensemble-In-Residence (EIR) program: Open to a select few high school students (grades 10-12) to be placed in a more advanced chamber group to concentrate on challenging repertoire and refine skills as an ensemble. EIR members will have the flexibility to rehearse and work more extensively with our SCMF faculty and to participate in additional performance opportunities during the Chamber Festival. Please indicate interest on the application form, and contact the administrative directors for more information and EIR tuition rate.

festival dates

Monday, July 15 – Saturday, July 27, 2024

days & times

8:45 AM – 3:00 PM, Monday–Friday
plus final concert on Saturday, July 27

  • $1700 + $25 materials fee
  • Payment options: Pay in full at time of acceptance into program, or choose a split payment (50% tuition + materials fee upon acceptance, with balance due by June 15)
  • Financial aid may be available
artistic directors

Dr. Yun Lee, Artistic Director
Anne Bennett, Assistant Director
Olga Patramanska-Bell, String Consultant

SCMF faculty (2023)

Pamela Ambrose, Leah Bartell, Anne Bennett, Miriam Eckelhoefer, Caroline Lieber, Kyoko Hida-Battaglia, Yun Lee, Susanna Ogata, Olga Patramanska-Bell, Rieko Tanaka, Alexander Vavilov, Noralee Walker, Randy Zigler

Administrative Directors: 

Enrollment Information:  An audition is mandatory for everyone. Participants must be age 9–18 as of June 1, 2024, with the following recommended level of experience:

  • Strings: at least in Suzuki Book 3
  • Piano: at least Sonatina and early intermediate Romantic style repertoire
  • Woodwinds: at least 3 years of playing

Please note that past participation is not a guarantee of future acceptance.

Audition Dates: Sign up online for a 15-minute time slot*:

  • Saturday, April 27, 3:00 – 6:00 PM
  • Sunday, May 12, 12:00 – 4:00 PM
  • Sunday, May 19, 12:00 – 5:00 PM

* If unable to make the audition dates above, please contact WCMS to arrange an alternate date.

Audition Requirements:

  • Scales with 3 sharps and 3 flats, minimum 2 octaves (major scales only for strings and woodwinds)
  • Two contrasting pieces (5-8 minutes of music)
  • Sight-reading

Please complete an Audition Form to bring with you to the audition. 

Once the audition process has been completed and you have been notified of acceptance into the program, our registrar will contact you to complete the enrollment process.

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