RSC Chamber Music Programs

The Rivers School Conservatory offers three programs of chamber music instruction.  Chamber Music study offers a window into a fantastic and rich world of music, one in which many famous composers made their most profound and enduring contributions to the repertoire.  Chamber music training teaches essential extra-instrumental skills.  One must hear and play one’s part in the context of the whole, much like living one’s life as part of a community. These skills, uniquely learned through immersion in chamber music, translate directly into skills young people need to succeed in any field – medicine, law, and many others in which the combination of talent, grit, and collaboration are critical success factors.  Thousands of career professionals in fields other than music spend their lives playing and enjoying chamber music as amateurs based on the training they received at an early age.


Studio Chamber Music (Tuition $675 per semester)
Online application deadline: September 12, 2021
Live auditions: September 17 and 18, 2021

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For students (typically ages 8+) interested in gaining chamber music experience. Depending on instrumentation available from the applicant pool, students will generally be placed in duos, trios, or quartets, including string, piano, woodwind, and brass players. Students are carefully matched in terms of playing level, age, experience, and temperament, and receive one hour of coaching each week with an experienced RSC faculty member. Studio Chamber Music is led by RSC’s Associate Director of Chamber Music, Kristen Krauss. Kristen can be contacted at k.krauss@rivers.org.

  • Open to anyone by audition
  • 1-hour weekly coaching (schedule windows are Tuesday 5 – 8 PM, Friday 5:30 – 7:30 PM, Saturday 9 AM – 2 PM)
  • Ample workshop and recital opportunities
  • September 12 online application deadline; no recordings required
  • Live auditions: September 17 from 4 – 8 PM and September 18 from 10 AM – 4 PM; please bring your current solo repertoire and scales


The RSC ChamberMusicLab
Online application deadline: September 5, 2021
Live auditions: September 11, 2021

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ChamberMusicLab is designed for serious young instrumentalists. It offers exposure to more serious chamber music study, overlaps with Honors ChamberMusicLab master classes, and provides students with priority consideration for admission to Honors ChamberMusicLab in future years.

  • Open by audition to ages 10-18
  • 2-3 hours every Saturday; 9 AM -12 PM
  • 1 hour coaching; 1 hour rehearsal with rehearsal assistant
  • Hour-long master classes 8 times per semester; Regular workshop and performance opportunities

An intensive full scholarship program for very advanced high school students, ChamberMusicLab demands a serious commitment to the study of chamber music.  Many ChamberMusicLab students have gone on to study at major American and European conservatories.  Most ChamberMusicLab ensembles learn at least one complete work during the year.  Ensembles are encouraged to enter major competitions and to present complete public recitals.  

  • Open by audition to ages 14-18 (generally grades 9-12)
  • 3 hours every Saturday; 9 AM -12 PM  or 11 AM – 2 PM
  • 1.5 hours coaching; 1.5 hours rehearsal
  • 8 master classes per semester; frequent workshop and performance opportunities

Learn More about The RSC ChamberMusicLab

Contact

For Studio Chamber Music, please contact Kristen Krauss, Associate Director of Chamber Music at k.krauss@rivers.org.

For RSC ChamberMusicLab and Honors ChamberMusicLab, please contact Bruce Coppock, Chair of the RSC Chamber Music Department and Director of The RSC ChamberMusicLab, at b.coppock@rivers.org.