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.

Our chamber music groups meet weekly on a schedule that fits the participants. They are coached by members of the Bridge Piano Quartet (Cynthia Baehr-Williams, Eleanor Angel, Kristin Garbeff, and Kumi Uyeda), as well as by coaches Judy Roberts, Alice Talbot, and Lars Johannesson. Each group stays together through the season (September to May) and will have several performance opportunities. These ensembles provide an intimate setting for CMA members and their coaches to share the joys of chamber music.

At this time we have one violin quartet participating in the Chamber Music Academy for the 2017–2018 season. The quartet will perform as part of the Youth Symphony concerts on November 12, 2017 and May 13, 2018. They will enter both the Santa Cruz Baroque Festival and Talent Bank competitions and will most likely be asked to perform after one or both of those competitions. They will also perform as part of Cynthia Baehr-Williams’s Chamber Strings concerts. Additional information about performance dates will be posted to this page as it becomes available.

For information on joining the Chamber Music Academy, please email and we will put you in touch with the appropriate person.