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Chamber Music Program - School Year 2018-19

Auditions held on August 28, August 30, and September 4, 2018

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Chamber Groups for Strings, Winds, and Piano

Play trios, quartets or other masterworks with other students at your level. Groups refine ensemble skills and interpretive abilities through rehearsals and coaching, and discover the thrill of performing as a team. Groups are chosen by audition, and are matched by age, ability, and availability. Once established, the ensembles meet for 45-minute coaching on the same day and time each week throughout the school year. There will be master classes and performances, too.

Ages: 8 to 18

Prerequisite: at least 4 years of private lessons on instrument, sight-reading skills, prior ensemble-paying experience, playing in positions with vibrato (strings).

Meeting time is based on mutual availability. CMC’s chamber music program requires the highest attendance standards (excused absences only for emergencies). The program is an October through June commitment for every student placed in a group.

Fee: $132 per term (10 weeks)*; the program runs for 3 terms. 10% discount for CMC Private Lesson Program students. 20% discount for violists and cellists. Full refund given for those not placed in a group.

To apply, call CMC at 503-823-3177 for an audition day/time. 

Auditions: Prepare to play a polished piece (without accompaniment) that shows the student's current level, and a major and minor scale. Some sight-reading may be requested in the audition.

*Fees listed are for Portland residents. Non-resident fees are higher; contact CMC for details. Need-based scholarships available. Visit for more information.

About the Chamber Music Program

CMC has the longest-running active year-round chamber music program in Portland, begun by Oregon Symphony concertmaster Michael Foxman, and continued and developed by Oregon Symphony cellist Naomi Blumberg. Andrew Ehrlich has been director for many years since then. It is was recognized by Chamber Music America, and is supported in part by the Oregon Community Foundation’s Naomi Blumberg Fund for Chamber Music Education. Current programs benefit from partnerships with Chamber Music Northwest and the Oregon Symphony.

What past participants/parents have said about our program:

  • “Excellent! Super coaches and wonderful ensembles and choices of music.”
  • “My child was self-motivated to practice more.”
  • “The kind of program we deeply appreciate.