Chamber Music Ensembles

We are excited to offer a new opportunity for Philharmonia West and Concertino West string students to play in string quartets (two violins, one viola, and one cello) under the guidance of a professional chamber music coach! Since this is a pilot program, enrollment is limited based on instrumentation. The cost to participate in the program is $150 and need-based assistance is available, with a refundable $20 registration fee due upon applying.

During this program, you and your quartet will:

  • Receive repertoire to practice on your own and with your ensemble.
  • Rehearse one-hour before your regularly scheduled GTCYS rehearsal at the rehearsal venue. You will meet weekly for six weeks (April 1-May 6)
  • Work with a coach during each session to help, guide, and motivate your quartet.
  • Participate in an informal performance for GTCYS families and friends before, during or after your regular GTCYS orchestra rehearsal.

Next steps if you are interested:

  • Please note that applications for the chamber music program were due on March 18 and are now closed. The information below is included for reference only.
  • Check to make sure that you can attend all the dates that your ensemble will rehearse and learn together: April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, and May 6.
  • Prepare and video record a playing sample no longer than two minutes. This could be a solo you are working on or an excerpt from your orchestra music. Upload this playing sample to YouTube and we recommend that you set the video as unlisted.
  • Students who qualify for this program will be assigned a string quartet based on your playing sample. If you would like to put a quartet together ahead of time, that’s great! Make sure all members of your group complete the application by the deadline, and we will do our best to accommodate you.
  • You will be notified of acceptance into the pilot program by Friday, March 22 and receive music to prepare on your own before your first rehearsal.

If you have any questions, please contact Dan Mollick at dan@gtcys.org.


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