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Young Chamber Musicians is designed specifically for advanced string players and pianists aged 14-20. Careful attention is paid to creating well-matched groups from student's whose age, playing ability, and previous chamber music experience are compatible.

Applicants must have chamber music experience and pianists must have played with strings previously to apply. 

The Curriculum

"Learning through Listening and Performing"

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


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


     Kohl Mansion 2750 Adeline Dr, Burlingame, CA 94010


      weekly:  approximately 75 minutes of coaching/remainder group rehearsal

Public Master Classes   

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


   Periodic sessions for string quartet or piano trio with local artists


      2-3 per group - Chamber Recitals:  December and May, Other opportunities by arrangement, principally at Kohl Mansion

Concert Attendance  

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


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

Solo performance opportunities      

   YCM creates at least one Solo Recital featuring its chamber musicians per year

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


Enrollment is limited to 6 ensembles each year.  An ensemble may be a string trio, quartet or quintet, with or without a 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

YCM Auditions  

2017-18 Season

Enrollment for this season is complete.  Auditions for the 2018-19 season will begin in April 2018.  Thank you.


Step 1:

Complete the YCM APPLICATION and include links to your performance of two movements from works of contrasting style.  (No fee to apply) 

Step 2:

A live audition will be scheduled after YCM receives your application.  

No accompanist needed for the live audition.

Audition requirements:  two movements from works of contrasting style, plus an excerpt from the chamber music literature assigned prior to your live audition. 

QUESTIONS? Please contact the Director Susan Bates youngchambermusicians@gmail.com

Thank you.


Note: If the link above does not open to the YCM Application immediately please contact youngchambermusicians@gmail.com and we will send you an application directly.  Thank you.