Summer Chamber Music Festival (Ages 9–18)

2023 Summer Chamber Music Festival

Monday, July 17—Saturday, July 29

Audition Dates:  Sign up online for a time slot

Sunday, May 14, 12:00-5:00 PM

Sunday, May 21, 12:00-5:00 PM

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, delve into music history and theory, 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
  • Music games
  • Recreational time
  • Special topic workshops
  • Talent show
  • Final concert for family and friends
  • and so much more!

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 coach more intensively 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 17 – Saturday, July 29, 2023

Times:  8:45 AM - 3:00 PM, Monday–Friday (2 weeks)
              plus final concert on Saturday, July 29, 1:00 PM

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

Festival Tuition:

  • $1550 + $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

Enrollment Information:  A placement audition is mandatory for everyone. Participants must be age 9–18 as of June 1, 2023. Please complete an Audition Form to bring with you to the audition. 

Audition Dates:  Sign up online for a time slot

Audition Requirements:

    • Two scales of student’s choice
    • Two contrasting pieces (about 5-8 minutes of music)
    • May be asked to sight-read

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 Information:  We strongly encourage all participants to be fully vaccinated and, if eligible, boosted. Learn more about our current COVID-19 protocols and 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