July 22 – 28, 2018
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 forty-second 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.
This workshop 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 rehearsals, coaching sessions, faculty concerts, evening programs and musical freelancing. Our lineup of coaches will be announced soon.
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.