Southern California Chamber Music Workshop

July 23 – 29, 2017
Scripps College
Claremont, CA

If you’re on this website, you probably know that there’s something special and powerful about playing great chamber music. Is it the sensation of being inside the mind of a great composer? The joy of creating a beautiful and ephemeral thing? Spending intimate, creative time with bright, friendly people? The joy of chamber music comes from all of these. And the wonderful thing is: the more skilled you become, the more intense this joy becomes. Imagine having a solid week every year to immerse yourself in chamber music, building your skills in a positive, intense, friendly and informal environment. This is the Southern California Chamber Music Workshop.

This year, the SoCal Chamber Music Workshop (SCCMW), formerly known as the San Diego Chamber Music Workshop, celebrates its fortieth anniversary. Decades ago, San Diego-based ophthalmologist and amateur violinist Ron Goldman attended Interlochen Center for the Arts’ Adult Chamber Music Camp in Northwest Michigan. Inspired by his experience at Interlochen, Goldman started a chamber music workshop in Southern California with his wife, Wynnona. Since 1978, the SoCal Music Workshop has garnered a reputation for its friendly intensity.

Our summer 2017 session runs from July 23 to July 29 and takes place in Claremont, California. This workshop is designed for amateur and professional musicians (strings, winds and piano) ages 17 and up. We offer a fun, intensive and structured program that strives to deepen a musician’s enjoyment and understanding of chamber music, while improving their ability to play within a group. This year’s workshop week includes master classes, group rehearsals, coaching sessions, faculty concerts, evening programs and musical freelancing. We welcome the Daedalus Quartet, the Horszowski Trio and the Ensō String Quartet as our ensembles-in-residence for our summer 2017 session. Peruse our website to learn more about our community.

A prospective participant may apply as an individual player or as a member of a preformed group (quartet, etc.) An individual player will receive a new assignment (a combination of new players and a new piece) each day from our coaches. Preformed groups stay together for the entire week (minus one day) to explore their own chosen repertoire at greater depth. If you’re accepted, we’ll send you more info and instructions on how to pay your tuition, and room and board.

Applications are currently closed, but please come back in a few months for next year’s application form. Thanks to all of our applicants. We’re welcoming 140 musicians to the workshop this summer!

A video from our time as the San Diego Chamber Music Workshop

Some Workshop testimonials from over the years.
Read all of them on our Testimonials page.

I came to chamber music rather late in my life, and as a result, I try to fit in as much playing as I can! As a violinist/private teacher, I enjoy the challenges of sight reading and seeing how easy (or challenging) it truly is! This workshop serves as a benchmark to see how far I have come from one year to the next! Exhilarating and humbling at the same time! It’s also great to see friends from all over the U.S. and abroad, and receive top-notch coaching!

Linda T.

Great music, great people, great experience.

Liz C.

The Southern California Chamber Workshop (SCCMW) has excellent coaches and the master classes provide the best possible learning experience. I have been to many other workshops, and I think that SCCMW offers the best experience at a reasonable cost. It’s simply outstanding!

Harriette E.

Probably the most fun you can have with your clothes on!


High class music making in a wonderful venue, what could be better?

Robert M.

Be prepared to get your musical butt kicked in the best way.

Caroline C.

I was privileged to attend the SoCal Chamber Music Workshop for an intense week of chamber music. I was deeply moved, inspired, and humbled to be among an outstanding group of amateur musicians, advanced music students, and professional musicians. This was my second time attending the workshop, and I have many cherished memories to add to the ones from my first time there. I can’t wait to go back yet again!

Raymond M.

What a wonderful state of bliss to be immersed in such a loving musical environment such as the SCCMW. The caliber of playing is high and the level of coaching is stellar. The workshop is so well-run that participants do not have to worry much if at all about everyday logistics. If there is any kind of issue, the people who run the workshop are very sensitive and responsive and will take care of it immediately. This year has been especially fun and enjoyable!

Milton W.

It was worth crossing the Pacific to be part of it!

Lynn D.

The SoCal experience helps players at many levels play and learn together.

Joe P.

Our preformed quartet has attended the workshop for over 20 years and has benefited from the phenomenal coaching year after year.

Linda O.