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Young Chamber Musicians is designed specifically for advanced string players and pianists aged 14-19. 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 5:00pm)


Kohl Mansion 2750 Adeline Dr, Burlingame, CA 94010


Weekly:  approximately 75-90 minutes of coaching/remainder group rehearsal

Public Master Classes and Workshops

1-2 per group, principally at Kohl Mansion. Master Classes: Sundays 5pm 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.


 2-3 per group in public master classes, recitals (fall & spring) 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!"


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 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


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


YCM is taking applications for the 2018-19 Season now.

Upon receipt of your application, we will schedule a live audition 

Sunday April 15, 2018 10:00am-12:30pm

Additional live audition dates may be added as needed.  

Openings for violin, viola, cello, ages 14-19. Applicants must have previous chamber music experience.

One opening for a pianist with chamber music experience, age 16 or older.



(No Fee)

Step 1:

Complete the YCM APPLICATION and include links to solo performances of two movements from works of contrasting style. 

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. 


Please contact the Director Susan Bates youngchambermusicians@gmail.com

Thank you.