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Phone: 503-823-PLAY (7529)

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1120 SW Fifth Ave., Suite 1302, Portland, OR 97204

Chamber Music Program for Youth - Summer 2016

Andrew Ehrlich, Program Directorchamber orchestra student

July 5 - 16, 2015

Register now for Chamber Groups or Chamber Orchestra by calling 503-823-3177.
These two programs together make a great day-camp experience!

Download the color brochure (PDF)

Chamber Groups Chamber Orchestra: Baroque Rules!
Play trios, quartets or other works for strings, winds & piano with peers!  CMC’s Chamber music serves the musical development of young musicians by refining ensemble skills & interpretive abilities through instruction with some of the region’s top performing-artist instructors. Players are placed into chamber groups by audition (see below).  Ensembles have one hour each day with their coach, then rehearse a second hour supervised by an intern coach. All groups perform their finished work at the end of the program. When are ‘fast’ notes played slowly, and ‘slow’ notes played quickly? Are all notes that look the same treated the same? Get into the minds of composers like Bach, Telemann & Vivaldi, and discover new takes on old rules while playing masterpieces of the era. The orchestra is open to students who have achieved the level of repertoire in Suzuki Book 4 and above.

How to Apply

  • Call the CMC office at 503-823-3177 to reserve an audition time (Auditions June 2,4, & 6)
  • Deadline to enroll: Saturday, June 6, 2016.
  • Registration forms and audition information also available at


  • This program is designed for intermediate to advanced players.
  • Payment is required to schedule an audition time.
  • There will be no refund of fees except for students not placed in a group.
  • 100% attendance required for full two weeks plus final concert.


  • June 2, 3:30 pm  - 7:30 pm
  • June 4, 10 am - 2 pm
  • June 6, 3:15 pm - 6:30 pm

Auditions are 15 min. appointments each to guide the program director in assigning peer groups and repertoire. Call to CMC to schedule a time, and bring a prepared piece and two scales of your own choice.


Tuesday, July 5 - Friday, July 15

  • Chamber: 11:00 - 1:00 pm
  • Orchestra: 1:30 - 3:00 pm
  • Concert on Saturday, July 16, 2:00 pm


Chamber Groups
$275 (Portland residents) / $385 (non-residents)
Violists and Cellists receive a 20% discount

Chamber Orchestra

  • $85 (Portland residents) / $119 (non-residents)
  • 20% off for those participating in chamber music.

Need-based scholarships are available.

What People are Saying...

  • "This is a FABULOUS program! My sons gained so much confidence and were just jubilant after rehearsals."
  • "My child was self-motivated to practice more. I was quite surprised to see him working hard."
  • "The coach was superb and brought such a perfect blend of fun, laughter, and delightful learning to the classroom each day. "
  • "High quality program, wonderful instruction.  Our son was excited to learn new things every day.  He loves Baroque now."
  • "Super coaches.  Andrew puts together great ensembles & chooses awesome music."
  • "Well organized and efficient."

About the Director

Andrew Ehrlich, chamber music program director & chamber orchestra conductor: BA Yale University; MM (violin performance) Illinois State University. Student of Bernard Eichen. Concertmaster: Portland Chamber Orchestra.  Director of CMC Chamber Music Program since 2004. Other instructors from the CMC faculty; guest instructors from the Chamber Music Northwest Protégé Project as available.