Chamber Music Festivals

Every year, the Department of Music hosts a variety of music festivals to bring the joys of music to the community.

Directed by Dr. Angela Yeung and sponsored by the Greater San Diego Music Coterie, the Chamber Music Festivals at the University of San Diego have provided a unique opportunity for chamber-music making and public performance for musicians of all ages since 2006. Experienced chamber musicians enjoy the challenge of an intense coaching and performance schedule.

Those with little or no chamber music experience appreciate the careful grouping of ensembles, selection of pieces, and guidance by experienced coaches. The gains from each festival surpass those of the chamber music experience alone: musical appetites, self-confidence, and spirit of teamwork are sparked, and lasting friendships are formed.

Each year the University of San Diego hosts a weekend chamber music festival in February – Winter Chamber Heat (WCH), and a day/evening chamber music festival at the end of June and beginning of July – Summer Festival. The best ensembles from both festivals are invited to perform at the Annual Festival Concert in February, a week before WCH.

Coaching sessions for both festivals are conducted by members of the San Diego Symphony and music faculty of the University of San Diego. Participants of advanced musical levels may perform along with the coaches at concerts.

The Chamber Music Festivals welcome individual participants and pre-formed groups. Each member of the pre-formed group must complete the application form separately. The Festivals are open for auditing. Those interested may contact Dr. Angela Yeung at

Volunteering at and donations to the Festivals are most welcome. Donations are tax-deductible as allowable by law. Please contact Dr. Angela Yeung at

Eleventh Annual Summer Chamber Music Festival

June 25 to July 9, 2016

Application Deadline:  Friday, May 6, 2016

Opening Faculty Concert
Saturday, June 25 at 2 p.m. Shiley Theatre, Camino Hall

Two-week Summer Festival for musicians of all ages and levels.  Daily Participants Concerts in the second week.  Pre-formed groups (e.g. duet, trio, quartet, etc.) are welcome.  Individual participants will be assigned to various ensembles by Festival staff.  Pre-College applicants must have their application form signed by the parent/guardian.  New applicants must submit a short recording of your playing by the application deadline on May 6, 2016.

Student Participants:  morning and weekend sessions; advanced student participants age 15 and older may apply to participate in the evening sessions as well.

Adult participants:  evening and weekend sessions with optional morning sessions.

Cost:  $490 for adults (age 18 or older) or $395 for students (all ages) and $35 for six tickets to any of the ticketed concerts during the Summer Festival.

An additional $100 late fee applies to all applications received after May 6, 2016.

Click on the "SCHEDULE" button located on the upper right portion of this page to download the 2016 Summer Chamber Music Festival concert flyer.

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