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Summer Chamber Music Festival (Ages 9–18)

Save the Dates!
2022 Summer Chamber Music Festival
Monday, July 19–Saturday, July 31

Auditions in April & May—details coming soon

WCMS is excited to once again offer the quality programming, engaging activies, and fun festival atmosphere that our Summer Chamber Music Festival is known for. SCMF has been adapted and reimagined to be safely offered in person, follwing current COVID protocols. String players and pianists are welcome to participate.

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, wokshops,  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: TBD for 2022

Festival Dates:  Monday, July 18 – Saturday, July 30, 2022

Times:  9:00 AM - 3:00 PM, Monday–Friday (2 weeks)
              plus final concert on Saturday, July 30

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

SCMF 2021 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:

  • TBD for 2022  (in 2021 = $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 9–18 as of June 1, 2022. See instructions above for audition guidelines and sign-ups (coming soon). 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.

Testimonials:

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