Southern California Chamber Music Workshop

 2020 dates: July 19-25

Scripps College
Claremont, CA


SoCal Chamber Music and Coronavirus

We have all received notices recently cancelling various events in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19.  You may be wondering if the summer workshop will be cancelled.  We are hopeful that the public health threat will be under control by the summer and the workshop will proceed as planned.  
However, the situation remains fluid, and we are subject to constraints imposed by Scripps College.  They have switched to remote instruction for the rest of the semester, and it is not clear when their campus will reopen.  We expect to learn more over the coming weeks, and will keep you informed. As of now, we have no plans to cancel the workshop.
Meanwhile, we all have music to get us through this difficult time.  Please stay healthy: wash your hands, practice your scales, cover your cough, use a metronome.  And hopefully we will see you in July.
Warm regards,
The SoCal Board


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 43rd anniversary. SCCMW is designed for amateur and professional musicians (strings, winds, piano, and vocal) ages 18 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 readings, coaching sessions, faculty concerts, evening programs, and musical freelancing.

2020 Theme:  Celebrating works by women composers!

This year we are encouraging musicians to explore works written by women composers.  This effort is inspired by the “50/50 in 2020” movement in the US which has sought to promote gender parity in the arts, politics, and beyond.   We are excited to highlight and explore the many beautiful chamber pieces written by women.  Hopefully, this is just the beginning!  Come along with us!

What will this initiative involve? See  for all the details.

See our lineup of coaches on our faculty page.  The Telegraph Quartet will be back in 2020!

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 may stay together for  as many as five days to explore their own chosen repertoire at greater depth.

If you’re accepted, we’ll send you more information and instructions on how to pay your tuition, and room and board.

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.

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

Joe P.

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.

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.

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

Robert M.

Great music, great people, great experience.

Liz C.

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

Caroline 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.

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

Lynn D.

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.

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


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

Linda O.