The Chamber Music Academy (CMA) provides students a range of opportunities to study, perform, and rehearse in a context that balances structure with flexibility, guidance, and independence, and discipline with inspiration. CMA ensembles provide an intimate setting for young musicians and their coaches to share the joys of chamber music.

Our chamber music groups meet weekly on a schedule that fits the participants. They are coached by a professional every other week. Our coaches this season are Cynthia Baehr-Williams, violin; Judy Roberts, cello; and Erin Irvine, winds. Each group stays together through the season (October to May). Performance opportunities include two concerts, the first on January 19, 2019 at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Aptos and the second on a yet-to-be-determined date in May of 2019. The ensembles will also enter the Baroque Festival Youth Chamber Music Competition on March 23, 2019 and the Talent Bank Competition on April 14, 2019 and may be asked to perform after one or both of those competitions.

Our existing violin quartet, The Fourtes, will participle in the Chamber Music Academy again this season. The quartet will perform as part of the Youth Symphony concerts on November 18, 2018 and in May of 2019. They will enter the Baroque Festival and Talent Bank competitions and will also perform as part of Cynthia Baehr-Williams’s Chamber Strings concerts.

The Chamber Music Academy will also offer a weeklong Summer Workshop in July 2019 at UC Santa Cruz. More information about that program will be added to our website soon.

If you’re interested in participating in one of the new chamber ensembles we’ll be forming this season, please begin by filling out the application. The deadline is Sunday, October 7, 2018. Once the deadline is reached, the coaches will review the applications and put together groups of players. It’s possible not all applicants will be placed in an ensemble. We’ll respond to all applicants a few days after October 7.

Each ensemble will meet weekly from October to May. Every other week, the practice session will be coached. Tuition covers compensation for our coaches, as well as costs associated with CMA’s performances. Please do not make a payment until you learn whether or not you are placed in an ensemble. Financial aid is available for families that need assistance.