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Just Chamber Music (JCM) is a non-residential eight day chamber music festival for students ages 9 and up. The small size of the camp enables concentrated interaction between the coaches and the students throughout the eight day festival. Attendance at all rehearsals and Master Classes is required. Classes will be held on June 18-21 and June 25-28.

Strings – Overture and Conservatory

  • Overture String ensembles meet for 2 hours each day. During this time, two different opportunities for students age 9 and older are available. 
    • Ensembles for young students who are technically advanced.
    • Ensembles for students of any age who have limited or no chamber music experience and are playing at the level of Suzuki books 2 – 3 and above.
  • Conservatory String ensembles are designed for late intermediate and advanced students who play at the equivalent of Suzuki book 4 or higher. While most of the students in this group have had some chamber music experience, it is not required.

Jubilate Woodwinds

  • Students attending the 2:30-4:30 time need to be playing at the level of the Rubank late Beginning or early Intermediate Method Book. 
    • During the 2:30 - 4:30 time, woodwind players will be placed into ensembles according to level of ability. Students can also apply as a preformed group.  Due to the nature of repertoire, however, only complete ensembles can request to stay together.
  • During the 4:30 - 7:30 time, advanced woodwind players might also be placed in a mixed grouping with strings. There are many wonderful chamber music works written for winds and strings.

Piano

  • Piano is an important part of the chamber music repertoire but space is very limited. JCM can place pianists in either the 2:30-4:30 and 4:30-7:30 sessions depending on student enrollment.
  • Piano students need to be playing at or beyond the following representative skill level: Clementi Sonatina or Kuhlau Sonatas.

  • Acceptance in Just Chamber Music will be based on the audition video, letter of recommendation from the private teacher, instrumentation needs for chamber ensembles (trios, quartets, quintets), and readiness for small ensemble playing.

  • Video Audition requirement: Solo piece of your choice which best represents your skill level.

  • It is helpful if piano students apply with one or two chamber music pieces in mind. Music is most often chosen from the piano and string literature but repertoire which includes wind instruments might also be able to be considered.  Please email justchambermusic@gmail.com if you are interested in applying.

 

Participants are placed in one chamber ensemble which rehearses each day.  Chamber group and seating assignments are based on teacher recommendation and evaluation of the student’s audition. Each participant will receive their music well in advance of the first day. 

Participants are expected to learn the music prior to the festival and are encouraged to receive private lessons on the repertoire to ensure adequate preparation.

Each ensemble will be coached by Just Chamber Music Faculty and will participate in a Masterclass with a guest artist.

If you have a student who does not conveniently fit into either category or if you have any other questions, please contact us to discuss additional options.

The Festival ends with a final concert performance open to the community at the end of the session.

 

 

Schedule - Typical Day (concert day has alternate schedule)

Overture String Ensembles
2:25    Students begin arriving
           - receive room assignments
2:30    1st Ensemble Rehearsal
3:20    Break
           - snacks
3:40    2nd Ensemble Rehearsal
4:30    Students leave

Conservatory String Ensembles
4:15     Students begin arriving
            - receive room assignments
4:30    1st Chamber Rehearsal
5:30    2nd Chamber Rehearsal
6:15    Break
           - snacks & soccer
6:40    3rd Chamber Rehearsal
7:30    Students leave

Jubilate Woodwinds
2:25    Students begin arriving   
           - receive room assignments
2:30    1st Ensemble Rehearsal   
3:20    Break    
           - snacks     
3:40    2nd Ensemble Rehearsal
4:30    Students leave


Chamber Groups:
Rehearse daily, receive at least sixteen coaching sessions, and have the opportunity to be coached in a master class.  All chamber groups will perform in the final concert.
Students are encouraged to bring a snack from home to eat during the break.

Don’t forget your soccer ball or Frisbee!
It is also a festival tradition to participate in a soccer scrimmage or other activities during the break.


"There's nothing remarkable about it. All one has to do is hit the right keys at the right time and the instrument plays itself."
- Johann Sebastian Bach
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