Next CMNC Workshop

Mills College

Oct 3–4, 2015

Details soon

Coaching both days for all participants

Coach's request: measure-number your parts and score
List of total number of measures in each movement for many chamber works
How to number measures

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Effective workshop participation requires

a reasonable level of technical competence and previous familiarity with chamber music. High technical proficiency can compensate to some extent for lack of chamber music experience, but sight-reading skill is essential.

  • We wish to encourage our intermediate players to consider pre-forming* groups, which, although requiring a bit more effort, we feel really enhances both enjoyment and learning from our valued coaches.
  • True beginners are not likely to be adequately prepared for the experience of playing at the workshop.
  • If you are a beginner, we encourage you to form chamber groups at home in order to gain self-confidence and some familiarity with the literature before applying to play at an organized workshop.
  • Suggestions to Gain Chamber Music Experience
  • Beginning chamber musicians can increase their chances of being accepted to a workshop if they come as a preformed group.
  • CMNC members receive a directory of all members, which will help you in forming groups for this purpose.
  • CMNClist is another good way to find fellow players.
  • CMNC also recommends the chamber music classes for adults at the Crowden school
  • To ensure a workable instrument balance, the workshop may have to set specific quotas of various instruments and playing abilities.

*Preformed: a chamber music group, trio or larger, formed by individuals outside of the workshop. For example, you and three friends have been playing together as a quartet and your group would like to attend the workshop to receive coaching.
Your group decides on the piece, perhaps a movement or more, works on it prior to the workshop, and comes prepared to be coached, bringing your parts and a separate score for the coach. It will save time in your rehearsals and at the workshop to measure-number your parts and the score.

Clara Schumann 1853 photo
Clara Schumann 1853    (wikimedia, PD-US)