2019 ACMP Worldwide Play-In Day | Webster University

2019 ACMP Worldwide Play-In Day at CMS

Sunday, March 3, 2019   5:00 - 8:00 PM

CMS Center

Sponsored internationally by the Associated Chamber Music Players (ACMP), hosted locally by the Community Music School Preparatory Program

What is a Play-in?

A play-in is an event where musicians meet, often for the first time, and “read” chamber music for pure pleasure. Play-ins can be large or small, public or private; it is up to the host to decide. Play-ins are not performances, but some include non-playing listeners.

The ACMP Worldwide Play-In Weekend is an annual celebration of the joy of chamber music. This grassroots event unites people of all ages and abilities by their common love of chamber music. Participants host play-ins worldwide in creative ways, in groups small and large, in settings informal and structured.

Play-in at the CMS

The CMS will host up to15 chamber groups on Sunday, March 3rd between 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  Participants should minimally be early intermediate readers and have their teachers’ approval for participation. Up to five chamber groups will be playing each hour starting at 5:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. in the CMS Center.  All groups will have at least one CMS Preparatory Program student or ACMP adult amateur player to act as group leader. Open to strings, non-transposing winds, piano. 

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For further information, contact Vera Parkin at veraparkin83@webster.edu

From the ACMP

Help make chamber music circle the globe! - Gabe Bolkosky, ACMP

We envision a community transformed by the power of creative collaboration, personal accountability, self-confidence, respect for others, and joyful artistic expression. We believe such a community can be realized when musicians of all levels come together to create something bigger than themselves.

We follow the traditions of great educational systems with influence from multiple philosophies of education. Through our mission we seek the spiritual renewal of humanity, which we believe occurs through the nourishment of creativity within people.

We value chamber music as an essential experience for musicians at all levels and abilities. We include all who want to be involved. We don’t audition students for acceptance into our programs; we are available to anyone who wants to participate. Because in a chamber group there is typically one on a part, it is impossible to feel unimportant. Each member of a string quartet is vital. This should translate to what a person can experience in life in general. It is intensified in the small chamber group experience. Not only is a person vital, they are automatically accountable to the group in the most basic way. Whether they are playing the most beautiful melody or the most redundant line, they are responsible to the music and thus to each other. It is the perfect training for a life led with self esteem, integrity, accountability and a deep respect for the larger perspective.