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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
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
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
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.