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

Thirteenth Annual Summer Chamber Music Festival
at the University of San Diego
June 24 to July 8, 2018
Application Deadline: Friday, May 4, 2018

Opening Faculty Concert
Sunday, June 24 at 2 p.m. Shiley Theatre, Camino Hall

Participant Concerts:
Sunday, July 1 at 2 p.m. Shiley Theatre, Camino Hall
Friday, July 6 at 7:30 p.m. French Parlor, Founders Hall
Sunday, July 8 at 2 p.m. Shiley Theatre, Camino Hall

Plus daily lunch concerts (1:15pm) at La Gran Terraza, University Center
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.  Applicants under 18 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 4, 2018.

Returning participants can apply with a simplified application. Click "Returning" on the sidebar.

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

Adult participants:  evening and weekend sessions with optional morning

Cost:  $510 for adults (age 18 or older) or $420 for students (all ages) and $35
for six tickets to any of the ticketed concerts during the Summer Festival. 
Festival fee includes a $100 non-refundable processing fee, coaching, use of
practice and rehearsal facilities.  A sign-up sheet will be circulated for food and
drink for the two group lunches on Sunday, July 1, and Sunday, July 8.

An Additional $100 late fee applies to all applications received after May 4, 2018.

On-campus housing is available.  E-mail Dr. Angela Yeung
at for cost.

Questions or interested in joining the mailing list for Festival and other concerts?
E-mail Dr. Angela Yeung at

A student playing an instrument. Click the link for an accessible pdf.

2018 Chamber Music Festival Flyer

13th Annual Summer Chamber Music Festival

Schedule New Application Returning