Chamber Ensembles

Chamber music ensembles at the Academy

Chamber Music Ensembles

Currently open to Strings and Piano students enrolled in private lessons at the Academy or another school/ studio.

Chamber music is one of the most essential and rewarding experiences of a well-rounded musical education. Chamber ensembles have 3-5 members and perform music without a conductor. Our student ensembles have a weekly coaching with a professional chamber coach. Professional chamber coaches guide the students in building skills such as group pulse, communication, the development of a blended ensemble sound, and creating an emotionally expressive performance. Students form strong musical friendships and learn about the wonderfully diverse and beautiful music written for chamber ensembles. The semester of study will culminate in a public performance on George Mason University’s Fairfax campus.  Currently open to all middle and high school students.  Younger students admitted upon teacher recommendation and successful audition.

Minimum Level Requirement for String Students: ASTA grade level 3/Suzuki Book 3. Must be able to play 2 octave scales and read music with ease.


Audition materials are required!* 
Auditions should be recorded on video and uploaded as Unlisted to YouTube, then both the link and the letter of recommendation should be emailed to the Chamber Coordinator, Claire Allen, at by Friday January 18, 2019. Include the following:

Letter of Recommendation from Private Instructor
1 major scale of choice (2 or 3 octaves)
1 melodic minor scale of choice (2 or 3 octaves)
Solo piece under 5 minutes for String players, if playing a concerto or sonata, the exposition is enough (no accompaniment needed).

*Chamber music students continuing from the previous semester need not submit an audition video or letter of recommendation.


Semester:  SPRING 2019
Dates:  Thursdays, Feb 14 – May 30, 2019   15 weeks (no class 4/18)
Time: 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. OR  8:00 – 9:00 p.m.**
Tuition: $457.50 + $10 music fee
Location:  Academy Building Unit A-3
Deadline:  January 18, 2019 (see Audition section above)

**Ensemble placement will be determined by the Chamber Coordinator and communicated via email.

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