University of Virginia's Summer Chamber Music Festival Offers Beyond the Notes Instruction and Coaching

March 05, 2008

March 5, 2008 — The U.Va. McIntire Department of Music will hold its 2008 Summer Chamber Music Festival (formerly the U.Va. Summer Chamber Music Workshop) from June 17 to June 21.

The weeklong intensive chamber music study program is geared toward high school and college students, as well as advanced middle school students and adult amateurs. Students of similar age and experience will be placed together in groups, and each group will study chamber music works through rehearsals and coaching sessions with U.Va. faculty members. Studies will culminate in a performance in Old Cabell Hall.

The focus of the festival will be on developing musicianship skills that go "beyond the notes" — the listening, rhythmic, analytical and diplomatic skills that go into the making of quality chamber music. Pre-formed groups are encouraged to apply, and repertoire requests made by students will be considered when assignments are made.

Beyond chamber music rehearsals and coaching sessions, students will also participate in full orchestra rehearsals and master classes geared toward a variety of performance topics.

The program will meet at the University of Virginia daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 17 through June 20, and on Saturday, June 21 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Concerts will be held on Saturday, June 21 at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in the Old Cabell Hall Auditorium.

There is a $30, non-refundable application fee; the program fee is $520 (with a $50 discount for early registrants). The program is designed for string, woodwind and brass players, percussionists and pianists. A minimum of three years of individual instrumental study and at least one year of ensemble experience is expected of all applicants. Teacher recommendation is required, and an audition tape may be requested for placement purposes. The program fee includes coaching and instruction from faculty members, lunch and snacks each day, locker rental for the week and a CD recording of the performance. Parking is available for an additional fee.

For information and to apply, visit or contact festival director Ibby Roberts at