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Summer Chamber Music Festival (Ages 9–19)

SCMF is back for 2021!
Monday, July 19–Saturday, July 31
Program is filled

WCMS is excited to offer the quality and fun that Summer Chamber Music Festival is known for—redesigned and reimagined to be safely offered in person this summer. String players and pianists are welcome to participate. Read more here about our summer health protocols.

Program Features:

  • On-site offerings at our beautiful, spacious campus—utilizing indoor and outdoor spaces
  • Exceptional instruction with our SCMF faculty: small ensemble coaching, master classes, music appreciation, practice sessions, and private lessons
  • Special activities and fun electives including arts & crafts, talent show, field trip, Acting for Musicians workshop, Composition workshop, and so much more
  • Option for flexibility to take some classes remotely if desired
  • T-shirts for all participants
  • Outdoor performances for family and friends

Ensemble-In-Residence (EIR) program: Open to advanced students and pre-formed groups. This more advanced training program allows a chamber group to concentrate on standard repertoire and refine their skills as an ensemble. EIR members will have flexibility to rehearse and coach more intensively, to coach other chamber groups, and to participate in additional performance opportunities during the Chamber Festival. Please contact the administrative directors for more information and EIR tuition rate.

Audition deadline: May 22, 2021

Festival Dates:  Monday, July 19 – Saturday, July 31, 2021

Times:  9:00 AM - 3:00 PM, Monday–Friday (2 weeks)
              plus final concert on Saturday, July 31

Artistic Director:  Yun Lee
Administrative Directors:  Laurie Russell and Sara Schwindt
Please contact the administrative directors with any questions about the program!

SCMF Faculty: Anne Bennett, Pamela Ambrose, Dana Dalton, John Kramer, Yun Lee, Caroline Lieber, Olga Patramanska-Bell, Penny Singh, Rieko Tanaka, Alexander Vavilov, Noralee Walker, Randy Zigler

Festival Tuition: $1400 + $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 is available

Enrollment Information:  A placement audition is mandatory for everyone. Participants must be age 9–19 as of June 1, 2021. See instructions above for auditioning via Zoom or submitting a video audition by the May 22 deadline. Specific audition requirments are included on the sign-ups. 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.

COVID Contingency:  We ask that all participants and faculty continue to practice good public health measures outside of WCMS to help us continue providing safe in-person instruction. In the event of a positive COVID test result among participants or faculty during a summer program, the program will move online for the remainder of the session. In the event that any participant has to quarantine due to a positive COVID test result or exposure within two weeks before the start of the program, that student will not be able to participate in the program. In this instance, a refund or credit may be granted if medical documentation is sent to the WCMS office. Learn more about our COVID-19 protocols, our summer health protocols, and our enrollment policies.


Great summer program! It definitely energizes the young musicians and strengthens their skills. - parent of a 12-year-old SCMF participant

The commitment shown by the faculty and students alike was phenomenal. The teachers' enthusiasm was infectious, and the kids really fed off that and strived to do their best for their fellow musicians, their mentors, and themselves. - parent of a 15-year-old SCMF participant

Our daughter attended the Summer Chamber Music Festival for two weeks this year and we couldn't be more thrilled. Every day she came back happy and excited about the program and the social interactions. We noticed her performance increased in quality in less than one week. The wonderful coaches and instructors at SCMF made the experience fruitful and fun. We will definitely come back for the program next year. - parent of a 15-year-old SCMF participant

My child has participated in numerous camp experiences. This one is unique in that it creates a social culture of learning and innovation where close relationships are formed. I don't know how they manage to do this in just two weeks!—parent of a SCMF participant