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phone: 503-823-7529

1120 SW Fifth Avenue, Portland, OR 97204

Chamber Music Program for Youth - Summer 2017

chamber orchestra studentJuly 10 - 22, 2017

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)

How to Apply

  • Call the CMC office at 503-823-3177 to reserve an audition time (Auditions May 20, 22, June 1 & 3)
  • Deadline to enroll: Saturday, June 3, 2017.
  • 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.


  • Saturday, May 20
  • Monday, May 22
  • Thursday, June 1
  • Saturday, June 3

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.

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. Andrew Ehrlich, conductor.


  • Monday, July 10 - Friday, July 14
  • Monday, July 17 - Friday, July 21

   Chamber Groups meet 11:00 - 1:00 pm
   Chamber Orchestra meets: 1:30 - 3:00 pm


  • Friday, July 21 at Noon (Director Park)
  • Saturday, July 22, 2:00 pm (CMC)


Chamber Groups
$285 (Portland residents) / $399 (non-residents)
Violists and Cellists receive a 20% discount

Chamber Orchestra

  • $95 (Portland residents) / $133 (non-residents)
  • 20% off for those participating in chamber music.

Need-based scholarships are available.


Ability to read music at playing level & some prior ensemble experience; for strings, vibrato and flexible bow technique. Suggested level for violins is Suzuki Book 4 and above, violas & cellos at Suzuki Book 3 or above.


Instructors are performing artists from CMC’s renowned faculty with extensive chamber music experience.  Visiting international guest artists for master classes are provided by Chamber Music Northwest as available.

Chamber Coaches:

Andrew Ehrlich: BA Yale University; MM (violin performance) Illinois State University. Concertmaster: Portland Chamber Orchestra.

Michelle Rahn: DMA, Performance Diploma and MM from Boston University. BM University of Oregon. Professor of Viola at University of Oregon.

Katherine Schultz: BM Northwestern University, MM Rice University. Principal of Portland Chamber Orchestra, Asst. Principal of Oregon Ballet Theater. Plays with Alameda Trio.

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."
  • "Well organized and efficient."