Discover the Music in You

Thursday, May 17–Sunday, May 20, 2018

Add Orchestra or Piano Class in the evenings:
Piano Studio Class: Wednesday, May 16–Friday, May 18, 2018
Chamber Orchestra: Wednesday, May 16–Saturday, May 19, 2018

 

Join us for Chamber Music for Adults and enjoy making music with others who love playing classical music as much as you do! All levels are welcome. You’ll learn from distinguished faculty, friendly professional musicians, and, in many groups, play side-by-side with select Curtis students.

 

Immerse yourself in chamber music through:

  • Faculty Open Rehearsal: In the first session of the chamber program, faculty share their favorite skills and techniques to work through a piece in rehearsal.
  • Chamber ensemble rehearsals: Year after year, we hear it from our faculty in some form—chamber music is the one true democratic space. Intentionally built into the schedule is time and space for your ensemble to get to know one another, try things out, and find a musical story to tell. Prior to or at the start of the program, ensemble members are encouraged to discuss how they would like to spend their rehearsal time. Together, you should develop a plan based on your common goals for the program: How much time would you all like to spend rehearsing your main piece together, practicing individually, sight-reading other music, or relaxing on the beautiful terrace talking about Bach?
  • Rehearsal in Gould Rehearsal Hall: Each group is scheduled for one hour of rehearsal time inside Gould Rehearsal Hall so that you can hear yourselves in the recital space in advance of the performance.
  • Coachings: Each group receives five one-hour coachings from professional chamber musicians, many of whom are Curtis alumni. Coaches are assigned based on instrumentation, i.e. string groups with string faculty. 
  • Performance: Every ensemble performs in a recital open to friends and family. Faculty members will help groups select one movement, or in the case of a piece with short movements, 8 to 10 minutes of music.

All practice and rehearsal rooms host Steinway pianos. Register as an individual or a pre-formed ensemble. 

 

 

Individual registrants, with or without chamber ensemble experience, are welcome. No audition is required for admission, but we ask each individual registrant to submit a playing sample, which informs our decisions on ensemble assignments. We also ask that you provide a repertoire list that notes what you’ve played in the past, whether solo, chamber, or accompanied. Finally, let us know what repertoire you’d love to play while you’re here and we’ll do our best to accommodate your requests where possible (some flexibility is appreciated). Once registration closes, faculty match all individual registrants into ensembles based on common level and repertoire requests; participants are notified of their groups’ repertoire in advance of the program and have a chance to order the music and practice their parts for a few weeks before joining together at the program.

If you are attending as a pre-formed group, no playing sample is necessary. We will ask you to submit a repertoire list—what you have played in the past as an ensemble—to help us suggest new repertoire. You’re also welcome to tell us what you want to work on during the program.

In the evenings after your chamber group rehearsals, come play in the chamber orchestra side-by-side with select Curtis students. Orchestra members meet for three rehearsals on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday nights, and then perform for friends and family on Saturday evening.

No audition is required for admission, but we ask each participant to submit a sample of his or her playing, which informs our decisions on section placement. We also ask that you provide a repertoire list—what you’ve played in the past, whether orchestral, solo, chamber, or accompanied.

*The flute section of Chamber Orchestra for Adults is now full. Flutists should please register for Chamber Music for Adults only, and check out the Jeffrey Khaner Flute Festival, open to all ages.

Pianists can sign up for intensive chamber music sessions during the day, with optional master classes at night.

Pianists receive tailored instruction on solo repertoire through two evening piano master classes in Curtis’s historic Field Concert Hall. Participants in the master classes share the camaraderie of a studio and engage in vibrant discussions on the repertoire presented. Those who sign up are invited to perform their pieces for friends and family in an informal performance on Friday, May 18, also in Field Concert Hall.

Any chamber music participant may benefit from observing without performing. Choose to audit Wednesday, May 16 and/or Thursday, May 17 for $40 per class.

No audition is required for admission, but we ask each participant to submit a sample of his or her playing, which informs our decisions on chamber repertoire. We also ask that you provide a repertoire list—what you’ve played in the past, whether solo, chamber, accompaniment, or four hands.