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 continue in an online format to begin the 2020–21 school year. Students will work towards a polished final recording project, 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. The chamber program will include classes on how to use Logic, the powerful professional recording tool, in order to record, edit, and create high quality recordings.

Audition Information

Auditions for the 2020–21 academic year are now closed. Interested students should submit an inquiry 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. This year, we cannot offer full scholarship for the Honors Program, but additional opportunities will be provided.

Audition Information

Auditions for the 2020–21 academic year are now closed. Interested students should submit an inquiry form.
 

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.

Auditions for the 2020–21 academic year are canceled until further notice. Visit this page to learn more about fall semester updates.