Ed and Mari Edelman Chamber Music Institute

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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.

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 will be held through an online submission. Submissions can be made through the application below. The application will close on August 17.

Chamber Music Application Form

Audition Requirements
Students should prepare two contrasting pieces with a total time from 7–10 minutes that demonstrate lyrical and technical proficiency. Solo concerto, etude, or sonata of student’s choice, without an accompanist, is acceptable.

Students must record themselves playing the required pieces and upload the video to YouTube.

Online Submission Instructions

  1. Start your video by stating your full name and what ensemble(s) you are auditioning for.
  2. Please name the file by the following format:
    First name Last name.Instrument (for example, John Smith.Violin)
  3. 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 the general public to find the video, but will allow you to share the link with the Community School.
  4. The audition recording must be made continuously and without cuts. We want to see a true depiction of how well you can play.

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 will be held for all instruments, including piano, through an online submission form. Please apply through the Chamber Music Application Form. On the form, there is a section to note that you are interested in the Honors Chamber program. The application will close on August 17.


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.