YOUNG CHAMBER MUSICIANS "Learning through Listening and Performing"

YOUNG CHAMBER MUSICIANS "Learning through Listening and Performing"

THE PROGRAM

Young Chamber Musicians, founded and directed by violist Susan Bates offers advanced chamber music instruction and exciting performance opportunities to string players and pianists ages 14-20.  The program immerses students in the chamber music repertoire to develop technical skill, musical imagination, and the art of working with others.  Through its collaboration with Music at Kohl Mansion and Mercy High School, Burlingame, YCM has fostered learning through listening and performing since 2008.

The Program is based on the vision that the study of chamber music is key to the development of a performing musician, as participation in chamber music is a complete recipe for musical maturity. A young musician with chamber music experience is likely to be a confident player who is acquainted with the repertoire of differing style periods, eager to engage with fellow musicians, and interested in a variety of musical ideas. Particularly, for those who are technically mature at a young age, exposure to chamber music offers a portal to the understanding of music, culture and the art of working with others.
— Susan Bates, Director

HOW TO APPLY

Application for the 2019-2020 season begins February 4, 2019. Please submit your completed application with video of 2 movements of contrasting style to secure an invitation to a live audition.

Live audition: Sunday, April 14, 2019, 10am - 1pm. Other live audition dates may be added as necessary. Application season closes May 31.

Please return to this site in February 2019 to download a 2019 YCM Application. Please note: Your application must be accompanied by video of movements from 2 solo works of contrasting style or period.

No fee to apply to Young Chamber Musicians.

Applicants must have previous chamber music experience (string quartet, piano trio, etc.) to apply.

THE CURRICULUM

Season  

30 weeks, August - May (Coaching Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:00pm)

Location

Kohl Mansion 2750 Adeline Dr, Burlingame, CA 94010

Coaching/Rehearsal  

Weekly:  approximately 90-120 minutes of coaching and group rehearsal

Public Master Classes and Workshops

1-2 per group, principally at Kohl Mansion. Master Classes: Sundays 5pm and by arrangement given by renowned chamber music artists as presented on the Music at Kohl Mansion series, and others by invitation. Workshops by arrangement with local artists.

Performances   

 3-4 per group in public master classes and student performances (December & May) with additional opportunities by arrangement

Concert Attendance  

Free tickets to selected chamber concerts at Music at Kohl Mansion, Sundays 7pm following YCM master classes.  "A Must!"

Competition

All YCM ensembles work toward participation in the Galante Prize Competition held annually in February, and others as agreed. 

Solo performance opportunities      

Periodically, YCM creates opportunities for its students to perform solo repertoire in special concerts or in conjunction with chamber concerts.

"Your Repertoire in History" periodic visits by musicologist, Kai Christiansen

Enrollment

Enrollment is limited to 6 ensembles each year.  An ensemble may be a string trio, quartet or quintet, with or without piano.  Previous chamber music experience required for admission. Scholarships are available as instrumentation is needed.

 Young Chamber Musicians with the Miró Quartet

Young Chamber Musicians with the Miró Quartet