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 2021–22 academic year. Students will work towards polished final performances, with 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. In addition, students will participate in sectionals with instrument specific coaches.
 

Audition Information

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

Application Deadline

Video submissions and applications due July 15.
Students will be informed of decisions by August 15.
Students will be required to accept by submitting registration and payment by August 30. Late additions/alternates may be accepted up until the end of September, space permitting.

Application 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.

String Excerpts
Woodwind Excerpts
Brass Excerpts
Percussion and Harp Excerpts

  • 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 below. You will need the link to your YouTube video to complete the application form. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

2021–22 Ed and Mari Edelman Chamber Music Institute Application Form
 

Group Assignment

Chamber groups are formed after ensemble auditions on the basis of performance levels, ages, and compatibility of schedules. A particular goal of group assignment is matching the levels of the students in each group. Levels range from intermediate to very advanced. 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.
 

Honors Program

In 2003, the Ed and Mari Edelman Chamber Music Institute introduced the Honors Chamber Music Scholarship Program. Highly-skilled students are chosen by audition to participate and are grouped with similarly-minded students. The program targets the most advanced students at the pre-college level who are willing to commit to an intense learning and performing experience. Students will be selected from the general application pool and will be invited to audition for the Honors Program following the initial video submission review.
 

Intro to Chamber Music Program

This group class prepares students for the Chamber Music Institute. Students should be intermediate level with little or no prior chamber music experience. The classes will meet once a week in small chamber ensembles and monthly in a group setting and include personalized coaching sessions, master classes, opportunities to perform and an end of year culminating performance recital.

Application Deadline

Video submissions and applications due July 15.
Students will be informed of decisions by August 15.
Students will be required to accept by submitting registration and payment by August 30. Late additions/alternates may be accepted up until the end of September, space permitting.

Application Requirements

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

Please prepare two contrasting pieces for the audition video

  • 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) 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 below. You will need the link to your YouTube video to complete the application form. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

2021–22 Intro to Chamber Music Application Form