Thursday, May 16–Sunday, May 19, 2019
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.
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.
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 19, also in Field Concert Hall.
Any chamber music participant may benefit from observing without performing. Choose to audit Wednesday, May 15 and/or Thursday, May 16 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.
Had a FABULOUS weekend!! This is far and away the BEST amateur chamber music program (and I have sampled many of them!!). ... The coaching is superb, on an extraordinarily high professional level. Working in depth on an entire Brahms piano trio brought a wealth of understanding about that particular trio, but also important concepts to apply to other works. This is a rare musical growth opportunity, all in a very condensed time frame!! Bravo!!
As a non-music professional, Curtis Summerfest CMA program is truly inspiring. Having the opportunity to interact with Curtis students and faculty was an experience of a lifetime. Their coaching tips and support ignited my music ability making the entire experience fulfilling and worth while. Music is back in my life as a wonderful source for enjoyment and relaxation.
My few days at Curtis were wonderful; and I can say that they were among the most rewarding that I have ever had. I already miss being there; and I look forward to attending in the future.
Thank you so so much for the recordings of the Chamber Music for Adults 2018. My experience there this summer was a thrill of a lifetime.
"A truly wonderful program—I would strongly recommend to anyone interested in chamber music! [The coaches] were all superb! Their recommendations were all complementary and not competitive, so we didn't feel like we had to choose between different recommendations. Their styles were all very supportive, and they gave concrete, actionable advice."
"I loved the feeling of camaraderie in the [piano studio] class. I hadn't performed solo in many years, and it made it much less daunting. It gave me a sense of confidence in my playing I hadn't experienced in a very long time, and it inspired me to strive to be the best musician I can be."
"The coaches' experience and highly developed technical and musical training and skills were an inspiration. Their ability to joyously and artfully work with non-professional musicians to bring out the most in us was fantastic."
"I enjoyed playing with a player of this caliber, [a Curtis student] who made me feel like I 'belonged.' "
"Looking forward to it each year with great anticipation—and finding it better than expected. You organize the entire program with care and love, considering our special requests and musical needs."
"Everything was well organized and there was such a friendly atmosphere!"
"[Curtis students] raise the level of the ensemble and inspire you to play at the edge of your limit."
“The intellectual and musical challenges of playing with others were so interesting…I think I’m hooked!”
“Through my experience at Curtis Summerfest I gained many strategies for preparing a piece that I’ve used over the past year in my teaching. It’s always wonderful to hear new ideas and to be able to pass those new ideas on to students.”
“This was a spectacular experience! … thoughtfully scheduled and configured … perfect set-up for maximum enjoyment and learning in a compact format in a great setting. The staff were all incredible: enthusiastic, helpful, organized. The coaches were encouraging and supportive. I (and my pre-formed group) got so much out of this.”
“I’m still amazed of all the help I got and what I was hearing in my own playing. I couldn’t believe what I was hearing…I never had any hope that I could approach this level.”