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A note about the workshop fees:

We have kept our Mills fees the same as last year, 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.

CMNC cordially invites you to another weekend of chamber music at

Mills College

5000 MacArthur Blvd.
(cross street: Richards Road)
Oakland, CA 94613

October 3-4, 2015

Application and Payment Deadline
Deadline is  Aug. 22, 2015

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FORMAT for Mills College Workshop:

  • Saturday and both-day participants: Arrive at Rothwell 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, lunch and Master Classes ending at 5:30, followed by the Coaches' Concert by the Del Sol String Quartet (5:45-6:30), dinner and freelancing (ending around 10:00 at the latest).

  • Sunday Participants: Arrive at Rothwell 8:30-8:40 to register and to attend the Sunday Orientation Meeting at 8:45.
    Sunday will also be an all day coached session. 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 the day(s) for which you are accepted.

  • 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). *Parts and scores must have measure numbers.* 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.

  • 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.

To Apply

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     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.

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.

Financial Aid (at $25) is only available to current CMNC members who need financial aid. 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 financial aid recipients to make a donation of whatever amount you can afford. We will offer financial aid only to a limited number of applicant members. We recommend applying early.

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


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:

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

Workshop Fees - Oct. 3-4



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


CMNC Policy on Workshop Payment for Recruits
Approved by CMNC Board of Directors, March 30, 2014.

PREFORMED GROUPS. Cancellation by any group member must be submitted to the Workshop Director ( or CMNC Message Phone: 510-828-4148). Recruiting a participant to replace a preformed group member who has cancelled is the responsibility of the group. Recruited participant must apply online within two days of committing to play at the workshop and pay fee according to the rules for that workshop.

ASSIGNED GROUPS. Participants recruited for the workshop are expected to apply online within two days of committing to play at the workshop and pay fee according to the rules for that workshop.


Future Workshops:

Feb 13-14, 2016:
San Francisco State University
Alexander String Quartet, performing coaches


Pre-Workshop Schedule:

Application and Payment Deadline
Deadline is Saturday, Aug. 22, 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 everyone an acceptance/regrets notice by Sept. 4, 2015. If yours has not arrived by Sept. 7, 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, non-preformed participants will be notified of Saturday and Sunday assignments at least 14 days before the workshop.
  • The first 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 August 29, 2015, you will receive a full refund.
If you cancel between August 29 and September 13, 2015, you will receive a 50% refund.
If you cancel after September 13, 2015, there is no refund except in the case of medical and family emergencies.

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


Free parking in any guest parking lot (see New CMNC Annotated Mills Campus Map)

Workshop Overview:

  • See format and arrival details above
  • Freelancing, will be available Saturday evening 7:30-10:00 pm.
    • 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.
  • Lunch and dinner served on Saturday, and lunch served on Sunday. Meals are catered in the Faculty Dining Room, Rothwell Center
  • 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, other community college resources for chamber music, and sight-reading & rhythm experience in community orchestras.
  • To ensure a workable instrument balance, the workshop may have to set specific quotas of various instruments and playing abilities.
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or use the CMNC Message Phone: 510-828-4148

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