Small groups of musicians perform chamber music, with one musician to each part. The valuable skills and lessons derived from symphonic music performance are amplified in chamber music. Within a chamber group each member is a section, highlighting and strengthening a student’s abilities through self-directed and team-guided learning. Chamber music promotes collaboration and encourages the interactive exchange of musical ideas. It has the unique ability to function in non-traditional spaces, allowing easier access to the community.
HOW IT WORKS [Coachings and Rehearsals]
All students who register are grouped in small chamber groups based on instrument, level of playing, and availability. During each 10-week semester, students meet every week for an hour at the Dale E. Kempter Centre for Music Education, either on Monday or Wednesday between 4pm – 6pm (Students sign-up for specific rehearsal slots based on their availability). They are assigned a highly trained professional musician for a one-hour coaching session every other week. (Total of 5 coachings) On weeks without coaching sessions, students must rehearse independently with their chamber groups. The objective is for the students to apply what they learn during the coaching session in their weekly rehearsals.
Fall Semester Dates: September 12, 2016 through November 20, 2016
Spring Semester Dates: January 30, 2017 through April 23, 2017
Each chamber group will perform in the public Chamber Music Showcase at the end of each semester.
Fall Concert Date: Sunday, November 20th, 2015 @ 4pm in Marie Robertson Hall
Spring Concert Date: Sunday, April 23rd, 2016 @ 4pm in Marie Robertson Hall
All chamber groups are required to perform in the community at a coffee shop, nursing home, library, or public space at least once a semester. Dr. Strong, AYSP’s Chamber Music Coordinator, will help schedule these performances, and it may count towards community service requirements for school.
Top ensembles are often requested for important community events including the Governor’s Inaugural Ball and the Spirit of New Mexico Awards. Chamber groups performing at such events will be selected at the discretion of the Chamber Music Coordinator (Dr. Strong) and may be paid for their performances. Dr. Strong will confirm the details of the performances with both the contractor and the chamber group. The rate is $25 an hour per student. Music for these services are selected and rehearsed by each chamber group without help from their coach.
TUITION AND FEES
Tuition is $120 for the full year/$60 a semester (unless you apply for tuition assistance). Tuition covers the cost of coaches and purchasing new repertoire. Tuition assistance is available, and families in need are encouraged to apply. Please see Michael Sleeter to request assistance.
We rely on donations from generous individuals and businesses like you to provide symphonic performance experiences to Albuquerque’s talented young musicians and access to music education for students in need.