Summer Chamber Music Festival (Ages 8-18)

Dates:  Monday, July 15 - Saturday, July 27, 2019  (Two weeks, Monday-Friday, plus Saturday, July 27)
Final concerts will be held on Thursday, July 25 and Saturday, July 27 at 1:00 PM

Time:  8:30 AM- 4:00 PM, Monday - Friday (both weeks)
           plus concert on Saturday, July 27

  • For ages 8-18; placement based on audition
  • All orchestral instruments, pianists, and classical guitarists are welcome to participate

Program Features:

  • Participation in two small chamber groups with daily coachings
  • Electives such as arts and crafts, wellness, improvisation, and workshops on special topics
  • Classes in rhythm and music theory/appreciation
  • Individual and guided practice time
  • Master classes
  • Chamber orchestra (2 levels: Concertino and Sinfonietta)
  • Recreation time
  • Three 45-minute private lessons

Ensemble-in-Residence (EIR) program:  Open to advanced students and pre-formed groups. This advanced training program allows a chamber group to concentrate on standard repertoire and refine their skills as an ensemble. EIR members will have the flexibility to rehearse and coach more intensively, and the opportunity to present their own concert at an outside venue during the Chamber Festival. The EIR will also gain experience playing principal in orchestra, and leading sectional rehearsals. Please contact the program directors for more information and EIR tuition rate.

Artistic Director:  Yun Lee
Administrative Directors:  Laurie Russell and Sara Schwindt

Questions?  Please contact the program directors with any questions about the program!

Festival Tuition:  $1,325 plus a $25 materials fee  (participants must be age 8-18 as of June 1, 2019)

Payment Options:  Pay in full at time of acceptance into program, or choose split payment (50% tuition + registration fee upon acceptance, with balance due by June 1, 2019).

Auditions:  Auditions for SCMF were held in April - the program is now full.
A placement audition is mandatory for everyone. Be sure to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your audition, and bring your completed SCMF Audition Form. 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.


I love being around other people who also love to play music. At SCMF everyone loves to play music, and it's a much different and more enjoyable experience than school, where you only find people like that in orchestra or music classes. The music is lots of fun, and we spend most of our time at SCMF playing that music in chamber groups. - Chamber Festival participant, age 14

[My daughter] enjoyed the chamber groups so much last summer...Your program is super special with wonderful faculty and the program and music selection.  The kids have fun and enjoy getting to know each other.  She worked so hard during the two weeks but loved every bit of it.  It was so exciting to see it come together.  We both recommend the camp highly! - Parent of a Chamber Festival participant, age 15

It was a really fun experience, and I learned a lot. It was really great to meet other people my age, also others older and younger, and it was just a blast! - Chamber Festival participant, age 13

This was [our daughter's] first experience playing in a chamber group. It was very rewarding and motivating for her. She practiced so much every day when she came home! This was a perfect experience for her. Thank you! – Parent of a Chamber Festival participant, age 10