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 Showcase 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 ayeung@sandiego.edu.

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

 

Annual Festival Showcase
Sunday, February 17, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.
Shiley Theatre, Camino Hall, University of San Diego
Featuring coaches and best participants ensembles from previous Chamber Music Festivals.

11th Annual Winter Chamber Heat (WCH)
February 22 to 24, 2019
Application Deadline: Friday, January 4, 2019

A weekend of intensive chamber music making and coaching culminates with the Participants Concert on Sunday, February 24 at 2 p.m. in the Shiley Theatre.  Click on the links under the flyer to complete the application and/or download the festival schedule.

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 video recording of your playing by the application deadline on January 4, 2019.

Cost: $175 festival fee and $30 for four tickets to the concerts on February 17 and 24.  Fee includes $50 credit towards the 14th Annual Summer Festival (June 23 to July 7).  WCH Participants return to the Summer Festival in the same year will also receive a free Festival T-shirt.

An Additional $50 late fee applies to all applications received after January 4, 2019.

14th Annual Summer Chamber Music Festival
June 23 to July 7, 2019
Application Deadline: Friday, May 3, 2019

Opening Faculty Concert
Sunday, June 23 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 video recording of your playing by the application deadline on May 3, 2019.

Student Participants: morning sessions; advanced student participants age 15 and older may apply to participate in the evening sessions as well at no extra cost.  NEW in 2019 are extended program for student participants in the afternoon. For an extra fee, student participants will receive extra coaching, daily pass to USD sport facilities (e.g. gym, pool), and other group activities specifically designed for the afternoon sessions.

Adult participants: evening sessions with optional morning sessions at no extra cost.

Cost: $515 for adults (age 18 or older) or $425 for students (all ages) and $45 for six tickets to any of the ticketed concerts during the Summer Festival.  Additional $150 for the afternoon sessions. Please note that student participants cannot apply only to the afternoon sessions. The additional afternoon sessions are offered to student participants who wish to stay on after the morning sessions.

An Additional $100 late fee applies to all applications received after May 3, 2019.

The 2019 Summer Festival application and schedule will be available by March 2019.

Questions or interested in joining the mailing list for Festival and other concerts?  Email Dr. Angela Yeung at ayeung@sandiego.edu.

Picture from 2019 Chamber Festival Flyer

2019 Chamber Music Festival Flyer

11th Annual Winter Chamber Heat (WCH)

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