CMNC Chamber Music Workshop

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After you login, you will see the link for the online workshop application.

New to CMNC? Please register (either for New Membership or for Mail List Only), then apply for the workshop.

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Directions / Maps / Parking

Important Update to Parking:

SFSU's Campus Map (PDF)

[11-2014 update] All the parking meters on streets around SFSU are active on Saturday. Sunday is free. So parking in these places is an option for your attendance on SUNDAY at the SFSU workshop.

If you want to try finding free parking in the neighborhood, be sure to allow extra time for your search and your walk into the Creative Arts building for registration. It is very important that you arrive on time.

You should also consider using the multilevel Parking Garage ("Structure") on State Drive, on campus:

The SFSU parking structure ticket machines now take credit cards!
To pay cash, bring 7 crisp one-dollar bills, or a five and 2 ones.
Coins are not accepted.
You'll need to pay each day.

To park there, stop at level three to make your payment, then drive to the fourth or fifth level, because a level walkway onto campus starts from the fifth level of the structure. The structure has an elevator and stairs in the southeast corner.

Allow fifteen minutes at least, to get from your car, pay your fee (could require 10 minutes for this chore alone), and get to the Creative Arts Building.

Please remember these points, for a hassle-free beginning to your day(s) at the CMNC workshop.

Note the CA (Creative Arts Bldg) is on Holloway, where our activities are centered. 

Marked maps of campus and Creative Arts and Humanities rooms (pdf, 454KB)

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CMNC cordially invites you to another weekend of chamber music at

SFSU - San Francisco State University
1600 Holloway Avenue (at 19th Ave)
February 13-14, 2016

Application and Payment Deadline: Monday, December 28, 2015


1. Complete your CMNC application and pay your workshop fee.
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2. Continue to the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) website, register, and pay for the OLLI class "Chamber Music Intensive." If you have attended a CMNC workshop at SFSU in the past several years, you may already have an OLLI account. There are instructions and help available on the OLLI website for retrieving your account information.

Your CMNC application is not done until you have completed both the CMNC and OLLI applications!

The cost of the OLLI course is $95 (or $25 if you are applying for financial aid), whether you attend for one or both days. $95 has been subtracted from your CMNC fee, so your total payment remains the same as last year.

CMNC is delighted to present our workshop as an OLLI class and to be part of the OLLI at SFSU community. To maintain this relationship OLLI now requires each CMNC participant to register individually for the OLLI class, rather than registering as a group as we have done in the past. The small amount of additional effort required is very much worth while, as our association with OLLI is what allows us to have affordable access to SFSU. There are other benefits as well. As part of our workshop, OLLI is also presenting a lecture series called "The History and Masterpieces of Chamber Music" taught by Peter Susskind, on six Fridays beginning on January 22, 2016, from 1-3 PM in Room CA255 on the Holloway campus. Participants in our workshop can attend these lectures at no additional cost, and we hope you will consider doing so.

If you are applying for financial aid, register for the OLLI class but do not make the payment to OLLI at this time. You can leave the site without paying if you select "Pay by check" from the payment options. You will be sent a link for OLLI payment when you are accepted to the workshop.


Format  To Apply  Fees  Pre-Workshop Sched  Overview  Freelancing  Preformed  Experience  Cancellations  Motels, etc

Late-breaking news and updates

For questions, problems or any other need to contact us:

  1. mail @
  2. Phone 510-828-4148 and leave a message, or
  3. Use our Contact Page

FORMAT for SF State Workshop:

  • Saturday participants: Arrive at Creative Arts at 8:15–8:45 Saturday, to register and chat before 9:00 start time and Orientation Meeting.
    will consist of a full day coached session and a Master Class ending at 5:30, followed by the Alexander String Quartet's Coaches' Concert (ending about 6:30), dinner and the OLLI lecture (ending about 7:30), and freelancing (ending at 10:00).

  • Sunday Participants: Arrive at Creative Arts 8:30–8:45 to register and to attend the Sunday Orientation Meeting for Everyone at 9:00.
    will also be an all day coached session. The Sunday session will end at 4:00 with an optional performance sampler at 4:15 for those groups wishing to participate. The Sunday session will end at 4:00 with an optional performance sampler at 4:15. All Sunday ensembles have the option to perform the work they were coached on by signing up on sheets we will provide, dividing up into several performance rooms, so the samplers will end on or before 5:15. Those not performing are welcome to stay and listen, or to leave at 4pm.

  • Freelancing is encouraged Saturday evening, and at lunchtimes on both days. (CMNC Library music is available).

We consider all applications up to the deadline date, but sometimes have to waitlist or give participants only one day to manage instrument balance. We are also limited by the number of rooms we are allowed to use at each of our venues.

Everyone is encouraged to apply individually. Whether you are applying for one day or both days, please indicate on the application if you (and/or your preformed group) can attend either day. This will be greatly appreciated and your acceptance possibly might hinge on your flexibility. Of course, if you can only attend one day, we will make an effort to accommodate you.

  • If you apply as an Individual, we will assign you to groups and provide music for you on both Saturday and Sunday.

  • A limited number of Preformed* Groups will be accepted for the workshop. Applicants can apply as a preformed group for only one of the two days, and are strongly encouraged to attend the other day non-preformed. Preference is given to groups with members who wish to attend both days.
    • Preformed groups must provide their own music and a score for the coach (even if the score is a piano part, an additional copy must be provided). Groups unable to meet these requirements will not be accepted.
    • Minimum group size is a trio. Preference may be given to larger groups depending on the number of applicants and available rooms.
    • All members of preformed groups must be listed on the initial application and all applications must be submitted, including payment, by the deadline of Monday, December 28, 2015

  • 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.
  • Everyone must be a registered participant in order to be covered by our insurance.

*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.

A note about the workshop fees:

Despite increasing costs, our SFSU fees are just $5 more than in 2013, thanks to the CMNC Challenge donations. Two of our goals in the 2011 CMNC Challenge fundraising campaign were to keep workshop fees more affordable, and to be able to provide financial aid where needed. If you need financial aid, but can pay more than $25 for the weekend our system still allows you to do so. This, we hope, will enable CMNC to serve more people in these economic times.

To see your application status for the current workshop, log in, then look at the Workshops section. You should see one of 3 possible messages, below the basic workshop information:

Click here to apply now
    [We have not received or processed an application from you]

Your Workshop Application has been processed.
Please click here to complete the payment process

    [We have not received your payment]

Your Workshop Application is complete.
    [We have received your application and payment]

Adjustments such as change of days may not be reflected in the above messages.
If you paid through PayPal, you should receive confirming email.

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PO Box 3407
Walnut Creek, CA 94598

To Apply

Login - if you are a member or are on our mailing list.
     For Login support, mail @   or call 510-828-4148
After you login, you will see the link for the online workshop application.

New to CMNC? Please register (either for New Membership or for Mail List Only), then apply for the workshop.

Financial Aid is only available to current CMNC members, $25. (Membership dues are $35 annually. Login and look at your Member Account's Membership Details to determine if you are a paid-up member. If not current, pay your annual membership dues and then apply.)
We also invite you to make a donation of whatever amount you can afford.

Please use the online application if at all possible. If you have problems with this, please send email to mail @   or call our message phone, 510-828-4148, to explain your problem.

*If you join or renew your CMNC membership, please complete membership payment BEFORE applying for the workshop.
You need to be a paid-up member before the system can save you money by calculating member fees.

We expect payment of the CMNC and OLLI fees when you apply. Fees for any day(s) that you are waitlisted will be refunded in full. Read Explanation here.

Workshop Fees - Feb 13-14, 2016



Member Financial Aid


$160 CMNC
$95 OLLI

$180 CMNC
$95 OLLI

$25 OLLI


$50 CMNC
$95 OLLI

$60 CMNC
$95 OLLI

$25 OLLI


$15 CMNC
$95 OLLI

$25 CMNC
$95 OLLI

$25 OLLI

Extra meals for your guests Saturday Lunch Saturday Dinner Sunday Lunch
$17 $21 $17


Morrison Artists Series (SFSU)
  Free chamber music concerts, with master classes and pre-concert talks
(see link for details)

CMNC's Library Listings

Links to some Coaches' web sites


Pre-Workshop Schedule:

Application and Payment Deadline: Monday, December 28, 2015

Please pay the workshop fee when you apply. Fees for any day(s) that you are waitlisted will be refunded in full prior to the workshop.

We will send every applicant an acceptance/regrets notice by Monday January 11th. If yours has not arrived by January 15, please contact us by phone or e-mail!
Send E-mail to: mail @
or call the CMNC Message Phone: 510-828-4148.

If you are accepted, we are planning on your presence, and it is crucial that you come.

  • If you cannot come, please notify us, the earlier the better. Your cancellation is not official until we acknowledge it, so you have confirmation that your message was received.
  • To ensure a workable instrument balance, some applicants may be accepted for only one day or wait-listed subject to cancellations.
    • For example, there are a limited number of pianos, so we may not be able to accept all the pianists who apply.
  • Assignments will be discussed with pianists about 3 weeks before the workshop.
  • Because both days are coached, participants will be notified of both Saturday and Sunday assignments at least 2 weeks before the workshop.
  • A new section in our Links page suggests the likeliest places to quickly obtain music
  • A roster will be available to accepted applicants.

If you are wait-listed, your payment will be refunded in full; we will contact you if the workshop balance changes.


If you cancel on or before Friday, January 1, 2016, you will receive a full refund.
If you cancel between January 2 and January 21, 2016, you will receive a 50% refund.
If you cancel on or after Friday, January 22, 2016, there is no refund except for medical and family emergencies.

If you must cancel, contact us. If we don't respond quickly, keep trying until we confirm your cancellation.


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Workshop Overview:

  • See format and arrival details above
  • Freelancing, as usual, will be available Saturday evening after dinner until 10:00 pm, and during lunch times.
    • What is Freelancing?
    • Table with room signup list and freelance sheets is near the Registration table
    • Each group should sign up for a room
    • Rooms with pianos should be reserved by piano groups
    • Use a Freelance signup sheet if you want to play a piece but you need players
    • If your group is complete, you do not need to fill out a freelance signup sheet, but you do need to sign up for a room
  • CMNC library of chamber music scores and parts will be available for freelancing -- over 1200 items for 3 to 16 players. Look at our online listing.
  • Security room provided for instrument storage.

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.

  • 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.
  • 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
  • See Gaining Chamber Music Experience
  • To ensure a workable instrument balance, the workshop may have to set specific quotas of various instruments and playing abilities.
Address any questions by E-mail to:
mail @  
or use the CMNC Message Phone: 510-828-4148

Future Workshops:

May 28–29, 2016: College of Marin, San Rafael


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