About the Preparatory Program at CMS
The CMS Preparatory Program is an extensive program offering high-caliber coaching from professional musicians, meaningful real-world performance opportunities, artistic mentoring, and other curriculum. Three 7-week rotations include: 1-3 weekly rehearsals; 5 coachings; a culminating concert; optional theory and performance classes. The CMS Preparatory Program is most appropriate for high school musicians who may be interested in pursuing a music major or minor in college.
- Performance: These classes provide a masterclass-like environment for students to develop experience performing. Each musician is given two opportunities per rotation to play and get feedback from top professional musicians.
- Theory: Students work with a college-level theory instructor to develop knowledge of key signatures, intervals, chord identiﬁcation, cadences, harmonization and analysis; five classes per rotation.
- String, wind (flute, clarinet, bassoon, french horn), and piano students with a recommended minimum of at least 4 years of private study.
- Students in grades 9-12. Middle school students may be considered based on teacher recommendation
- Students should be studying privately on the instrument on which they will audition
- Students should be motivated and interested in chamber music.
Students may audition in-person or by video submission. The application deadline is September 1, 2022.
Video auditions due: Saturday, September 10, 2022
Video Audition Procedure
SATURDAY, September 10th
Winifred Moore Auditorium
Live Audition Procedure
Students may audition for the Preparatory Program in-person* in the CMS Concert Hall at Webster University. Students auditioning in-person will automatically be considered for the Prep Scholarship Competition held in the CMS Concert Hall the following day on September 11th. There is a $40.00 competition fee for students auditioning in-person and entered into the CMS Prep Scholarship Competition.
SUNDAY, September 11th
Prep Scholarship Competition
CMS Concert Hall
The top 4-8 students auditioning in the preliminary round in-person on Saturday will proceed to a Scholarship round on Sunday, September 11th at the Community Music School. The winner of the Prep Scholarship Competition will receive a full-tuition scholarship ($1050.00) for all three rotations of the 2022-2023 CMS Preparatory Program.
|2022-2023 Academic Year||Concert Dates|
|Preparatory Program Orientation||Wednesday, September 28, 2022|
|Fall Rotation #1 (weekly coachings)||Oct. 3 - Nov. 18, 2022||6 p.m., Friday, Nov. 18, 2022|
|Winter Rotation #2 (weekly coachings)||Jan. 2 - Feb. 22, 2023||6 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2023|
|Spring Rotation #3 (weekly coachings)||March 6 - April 23, 2023||6 p.m., Sunday, April 23, 2023|
Electives and class meetings take place on Wednesdays during each rotation.
2022-23 Tuition: $350/rotation ($1050 for full academic year)
Annual Registration Fee: A non-refundable registration fee of $30 is assessed once per academic year per student upon enrollment.
Competition Fee: There is a $40.00 competition fee for students auditioning in-person and entered into the CMS Prep Scholarship Competition.
Do I have to play in the live audition to get into the Prep program?
No, you may apply online to the Prep program by video.
How many live auditions are there each year?
Just one in early September before the academic year begins.
How do I get into the scholarship competition?
Between 4 and 8 scholarship competition finalists will be selected from the live audition round. All you need to do is apply for the live audition and you are automatically eligible for the scholarship round.
Do I have to stay at CMS after my audition?
No, you are welcome to leave after your audition and we will notify you of the results when they are posted.
Why is there an application fee for the live audition?
The fee covers the cost of jury members, accompanist, and building use for this unique opportunity to play an audition that is open to the public.
How big of a time commitment is Prep?
The majority of Prep activities happen during our three academic year rotations (fall, winter, spring ). There can be some variation in time commitment depending on chamber group assignment. The most serious groups with the goal of entering competitions might meet 3-5 times per week whereas a new quartet may only meet 1-3 times per week. In addition to chamber meetings, Prep students also attend 2 all-prep gatherings and 4-8 elective classes per rotation.