Ed and Mari Edelman Chamber Music Institute

The Ed and Mari Edelman Chamber Music Institute offers one of the most comprehensive and intense pre-college level chamber music learning experiences of any music school in North America. Students are coached weekly by members of Colburn’s nationally acclaimed faculty.

Ensembles from the Institute have been prizewinners in numerous competitions, including the Fischoff Competition, Coleman Chamber Music Competition and the Young Artists Peninsula Music Festival, and have appeared on the nationally syndicated Public Radio International series From the Top.

Violinist Andrés Engleman
Throughout my many years in the chamber program, both of my coaches have not only been good instructors, but amazing coaches that have taught us things that aren’t simply about music but about approaching things in life, like collaboration, creating friendships, learning how to be dependable, and many more. Violinist Andrés Engleman

The Ed and Mari Edelman Chamber Music Institute will be in-person for the 2022–23 academic year. Students will work towards polished final performances, with additional emphasis placed on score study, historical placement of the selected compositions, style, and deep listening. Students will be grouped in traditional chamber ensembles and collaborate with other students and work with experienced faculty.

Honors Program

The Honors program is for serious and dedicated young musicians for whom music is their top priority. Time commitment is for a minimum of three hours of rehearsal and coaching weekly. In addition, there is a required monthly Honors Chamber Music Seminar, held on Saturday afternoons. Honors groups have regular performing opportunities on the Friday Night, School and Honors Recitals and also beyond in the community. All group are encouraged to enter competitions and are expected to make the necessary preparations. Weekends must be kept open and flexible for frequent performances, masterclasses and competitions.

Prior experience in chamber music is a requirement and preference will be given to students who have participated in the Colburn Chamber Music Program and Summer Chamber Music Intensive.

All students who would like placement in the Honors Program must audition in the May/June audition period, regardless of whether or not they are currently in the CHMI and/or Honors program. Current students in the Honors Program are not guaranteed placement for the following year. The Honors program is open to strings, piano, woodwind and brass instruments. Harp, percussion and guitar can be considered in exceptional cases. Honors students receive a 50% scholarship for chamber music.

Minimum Age Requirements: must be 13 years old by September 1, 2022

 

Chamber Music Institute (CHMI)

The CHMI general program is open to intermediate and advanced instrumentalists with some or little chamber music experience. Groups meet weekly for two hours of coaching and rehearsal. All groups participate in the end of the year Chamber Music Recital in May. More advanced groups in the CHMI program are also offered performance opportunities on the Friday Night Recitals and School Recitals, Winter Chamber Music Recital, Honors Seminars and outside performances. Consistency and commitment to the group schedule is commensurate with success in each group. Current students in the Honors or CHMI program are not required to re-audition for the CHMI program provided they play in the end of the year Chamber Music Recital and fill out the application form. All other students must audition at the end of May/June. The CHMI program is designed to be a training ground for the Honors program. CHMI is open to all orchestral instruments and piano.

Brass students in the CHMI program will be grouped exclusively into Brass Trio, Quartets and Quintets. Woodwinds generally will be placed in woodwind only groups but can be grouped with strings and piano as well.

Recommended Ages: 9-18 years old

 

Audition Information—Honors Program and CHMI

Important Deadlines

Video submissions and applications due June 1.
Students will be informed of decisions by July 1.
Students will be required to accept by submitting registration and payment by July 15. Late additions/alternates may be accepted up until the end of August, space permitting.

Audition Requirements

Video submissions will be accepted this year in lieu of a live audition.

Please prepare a solo concerto, etude, or showpiece – without an accompanist – that demonstrates technical and interpretive accomplishment. Applicants will also need to prepare excerpts for their instrument, which are listed below by instrument family.

2022–23 Audition Excerpts

2022-23 CHMI Application Form

  • First, please record yourself playing the required solo piece and all excerpts for your instrument, then upload the video to YouTube.
  • Start your video by stating your full name and for which program(s) (Advanced Orchestras, Chamber Music, both) you are auditioning.
  • Please name the file by the following format: First name Last Name.Instrument (for example, John Smith.Violin).
  • When uploading the video to YouTube, make sure the video is marked unlisted or public. If you do not want the video to be public, marking it unlisted will not allow people to find the video, but will allow you to share the link with the Community School.
  • The audition recording must be made continuously and without cuts. We want to see a true depiction of how well you can play.
  • The video must be completed before you begin the application form, otherwise you will not be able to submit.
  • Once you have completed your video, please fill out the application form. You will need the link to your YouTube video to complete the application form. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

 

Intro to Chamber Music Program (ICM)

The Intro to Chamber Music program is for the skilled intermediate player who is exploring chamber music for the first time. Aptitude as a solo instrumentalist with a focus on proficiency in rhythm, intonation, and note reading is essential to participate in this program. A general guideline is 2-3 years playing experience and around Suzuki Book 3/4 level for strings and piano. In addition, students need to have the maturity to work with others for short periods of time without a coach. Students will develop skills in cooperation, communication of ideas, score reading, rehearsal techniques, listening, ensemble, and performance etiquette. String, woodwind and piano students meet weekly in assigned chamber groups for independent rehearsal and coaching, and once a month in a group class setting where they will play for each other in a friendly and nurturing environment. Brass students will be grouped together and meet in larger group ensembles weekly. All groups will perform in the Intro to Chamber Ensemble Concert in May.

Recommended Ages: 8-14 for strings and piano, 11-18 for Brass

Open to strings, piano, woodwinds, and brass.

 

Audition Information—ICM

Important Deadlines

Video submissions and applications due August 8.
Students will be informed of decisions by August 22.
Students will be required to accept by submitting registration and payment by August 30. Late additions/alternates may be accepted until the End of August, space permitting.

Audition Requirements

Video submissions will be accepted this year in lieu of a live audition.

Please prepare two contrasting pieces – without an accompanist – that demonstrate technical and interpretive accomplishment.

2022–23 Intro to Chamber Application Form

  • First, please record yourself playing two contrasting pieces, then upload the video to YouTube.
  • Start your video by stating your full name and for which program(s) (Advanced Orchestras, Chamber Music, Intro to Chamber, or a combination) you are auditioning.
  • Please name the file by the following format: First name Last Name.Instrument (for example, John Smith.Violin).
  • When uploading the video to YouTube, make sure the video is marked unlisted or public. If you do not want the video to be public, marking it unlisted will not allow people to find the video, but will allow you to share the link with the Community School.
  • The audition recording must be made continuously and without cuts. We want to see a true depiction of how well you can play.
  • The video must be completed before you begin the application form, otherwise you will not be able to submit.
  • Once you have completed your video, please fill out the application form. You will need the link to your YouTube video to complete the application form. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

 

Group Assignment

Chamber groups are formed after auditions on the basis of performance level, age, and compatibility of personality and schedules. Chamber Music is a yearlong commitment and changes to any grouping is the prerogative of the director. Note that the number of students enrolled in the Ed and Mari Edelman Chamber Music Institute is limited; students studying privately at the Community School are given priority in assignments. Those admitted into the Chamber Music program will be required to attend a short orientation meeting at the beginning of the fall semester.

 

Successful consideration for the Chamber Program will include:

  • Audition (no audition necessary if you are currently in the CHMI program and do not want Honors consideration)
  • Application
  • Letter of Recommendation from a music teacher