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Summer Chamber Music Festival (Ages 9–18)

Save the Dates! Summer Chamber Music Festival
July 20–August 1, 2020

Auditions: All new and returning participants—sign up below to audition in May

Summer 2020 Auditions:
Sign up online for an audition slot

Saturday, May 2, 1:00–5:00 PM Saturday, May 9, 1:00–5:00 PM Saturday, May 16, 1:00–5:00 PM

Summer 2020 Audition Guidelines:

Strings - Audition Guidelines Woodwinds - Audition Guidelines Piano - Audition Guidelines

  Monday, July 20–Saturday, August 1, 2020  (Two weeks, Monday–Friday, plus Saturday, Aug. 1)
Final concerts will be held on Thursday, July 30 and Saturday, August 1 at 1:00 PM

Time:  8:30 AM- 4:00 PM, Monday - Friday (both weeks)
           plus concert on Saturday, August 1

  • For ages 9-18; 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 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 high school 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:  Coming soon for 2020
(In 2019, the tuition was $1,325 plus $25 materials fee) 

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, 2020).

Auditions:  A placement audition is mandatory for everyone. Participants must be age 9–18 as of June 1, 2020. Please review the audition guidelines for Strings, Woodwinds, and Piano. 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.


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