CMS Summer Programs

Families, school-aged children, teens and adults can explore new skills over the summer. Multiple camps and summer workshops keep the music playing!

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Tiny Violinists

Kindermusik® Family Adventures

June 1 - July 21, 2021 (weekly classes)

Experience enough music, stories, and activities to inspire a lifetime of learning! In Kindermusik camp parents and children will play, learn, sing, dance, create, and share in the fun of making music together as an enthusiastic Kindermusik educator guides the class through each research-proven and giggle-approved activity.  

Suitable for children ages 6 months to 5 years and their caregivers

LOCATIONS:

Webster Groves, CMS Center
Tuesdays, June 1 – July 20

  • 9:30-10:15 a.m. FULL
    Down on the Ground/Up in the Sky (6 months to 4 years)
  • 10:30-11:15 a.m. NEWLY ADDED!
    Down on the Ground/Up in the Sky (6 months to 4 years)
  • 11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. TIME CHANGE
    Music Around the World (4 to 6 years)

Chesterfield, Strauss Center in Faust Park
Wednesdays, June 2 – July 21

  • 9:30-10:15 a.m. FULL
    Down on the Ground/Up in the Sky (6 months to 4 years)
  • 10:30-11:15 a.m. NEWLY ADDED!
    Down on the Ground/Up in the Sky (6 months to 4 years)
  • 11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. TIME CHANGE
    Music Around the World (4 to 6 years)

Instructor: Maureen Bolain

Tuition: $150 (includes full materials kit)
Sibling Tuition: $110 (no kit)
One full kit per family required

Enroll by: May 15, 2021

 

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String Orchestra Camp

June 14 - 18, 2021
9 a.m. - 12 p.m. 

Make music with new friends from all over St. Louis! Students will participate daily in full string orchestra rehearsals, sectionals, and master classes/special presentations. Three orchestra levels under the direction of CMS orchestra conductors will musically challenge every student. Student musicians in each orchestra will enjoy an exciting and rigorous experience.

Suitable for violin, viola, cello, and bass students ages 7-high school

Requirements: At least one year’s experience playing your instrument and reading music (quarter and eighth notes, minimum); consult with your student’s private instructor or school orchestra director to determine readiness for camp. Completion of pre-camp questionnaire needed for placement; questionnaire will be emailed the week of May 15.

Location: Webster Groves, CMS Center

Performance: Friday, June 18 at 11 a.m.

Tuition: $165.00
String Camp Package:  $480 (Combine with Chamber Music Encounter and save!)

Enroll by:  May 15, 2021

 

 

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Chamber Music Encounter

June 14 - 18, 2021 
1 – 5 p.m.   *Registration closed

Professional chamber musicians and experienced CMS faculty coach trios, quartets, and quintets. Compositions are performed by and written for one player for each part. Guest performers and speakers share their experiences in successful chamber music performance and ensemble development. (Registration deadline EXTENDED to April 3)

Suitable for violin, viola, cello, and piano students through high school BY AUDITION

Space is limited

Requirements: String players need a developed vibrato. Students must be at or beyond the following representative minimum skill levels:

  • Violin: Suzuki Book 4-Vivaldi a minor Concerto
  • Viola: Suzuki Book 4-Seitz Concerto #2, 3rd movement
  • Cello: Suzuki Book 4-Breval Sonata in C Major
  • Piano: Clementi or Kuhlau Sonatinas

Acceptance in the Chamber Music Encounter will be based on audition, instrumentation needs for chamber ensembles (trios, quartets, quintets), and readiness for small ensemble playing.

Auditions:  Video Submissions are due April 9, 2021

Location:  Webster Groves, CMS Center

Informal presentation: June 18 at 2 p.m.

Tuition: $370
String Camp Package:  $480 (Combine with Chamber Music Encounter and save!)

Enroll by: EXTENDED to April 3, 2021

 

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Flute Camp (online)

June 7 - 11, 2021
2 - 5 p.m.

Facilitated by Nadine Hur, this program is designed to address flutists individual strengths and challenges. It includes warm-up exercises, tone, intonation and breathing techniques, and work with nationally-renown guest flutists Jeanne Baxtresser and Soo-Kyung Park.

Suitable for flute students entering grades 7-12 in Fall 2021

Requirements: One year playing flute in a school band program or at least one year of private flute instruction.

Location: Webster Groves, CMS Center

Performance: June 11 at 4 p.m.

Tuition: $145

Application Deadline: May 15, 2021

Guest Artists:

Jeanne Baxtresser
https://jeannebaxtresser.com/about/index.php

Soo-Kyung Park
http://www.skpmusicians.com/park

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Band Camp

June 21 - 25, 2021
9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Work with expert professional musicians in sectionals, ensembles, master classes and special events. Past guests and clinicians include members of the St. Louis Symphony, Kansas City Symphony, Funky Butt Brass Band, St. Louis Brass Ensemble, St. Louis Symphony Trombone Quartet, Equinox Chamber Players, and Dawn Weber and The Electro Funk Assembly. 

Suitable for band students entering grades 7-12 in Fall 2021
Two band levels offered: High School (9-12) & Middle School (7-8)

Requirements: One full year of participation in a school band program or one year of private instruction.

Auditions (to determine placement):

  • Wednesday, May 19
  • Thursday, May 20
  • Saturday, May 22

Location: Webster Groves, CMS Center

Performance: Friday, June 25 at 1:45 p.m.

Tuition: $240

Application Deadline: May 15, 2021

 

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Summer Composition Intensive

July 5 - 16, 2021
Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Students in the CMS Composition Intensive will work with St. Louis area composers and musicians, utilize the Webster University Department of Music’s computer lab, and work in peer groups according to experience level, to create an original work that will be be recorded by musicians from Chamber Music St. Louis

Suitable for students entering grades 7-12 in Fall 2021

Requirements: All participants must be able to read music and play an instrument or sing. A pre-camp questionnaire to determine experience is mailed the week of June 15th.  Students must attend the full length of the Intensive for their works to be performed and recorded.

Location: Webster Groves, CMS Center

Performance of student works:  Friday, July 16 at noon

Tuition: $395

Application Deadline: June 15, 2021

Special Guest Workshops

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Clazz String Intensive

July 7 – 11, 2021

The Clazz String Intensive is designed to introduce classically-trained string players to the art of improvisation through the pedagogical ideals of jazz and musical languages from other cultures. In this workshop, students will be exposed to jazz, blues, bluegrass, Celtic, Indian classical, and more.

Suitable for beginning to advanced
instrumentalists age 10 and older, with
at least five years of playing experience.
An audition video required for placement in
ensembles and lessons.

Location: Webster Groves, CMS Center

Tuition: $400

Application Deadline: May 15, 2021

Activities
Students will be scheduled in lessons and small combos each day. In the evening there will be masterclasses and jam sessions. The five-day camp will culminate in student solo and combo performances. There will be ample practice time in the morning or to explore St. Louis if you are commuting.

Repertoire
Assignments are based on playing level and prior experience. Tunes for the combos will be emailed to participants in June. All participants are encouraged to learn their parts in advance of the workshop.

 

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Jennifer Johnson Cano

ONLINE | Dates TBA

Renowned artist and mezzo-soprano Jennifer Johnson Cano will provide three virtual classes this summer! Teen and adult group voice classes will create a relaxed atmosphere to learn more about what is specifically involved in singing healthily and well. The Wonderful World of Song explores the beautiful facets of music and words comparing texts set by different composers.

ONLINE High School Group Singing Class

Suitable for Teens entering grades 9-12 in Fall 2021
Two 60-minute sessions per week for three weeks

Tuition: $100
Application Deadline: May 15, 2021

Description:
In this vocal class for high school teens, renowned artist and mezzo-soprano Jennifer Johnson Cano will provide a relaxed, positive atmosphere for teen vocalists to learn more about what is specifically involved in singing healthily and well. Basic technique work will focus on posture, breathing, coordination, and singing in English. This class is most suitable to high school singers who may not have experienced voice training before, or those who would like to add an enhanced experience to individual lessons by learning in a group setting, to brush up their skills and technique with the presence and instruction of a world-class singer and teacher.


ONLINE Adult Group Singing Class

Suitable for College or adult students
One 60-minute session per week for six weeks

Tuition: $100
Application Deadline: May 15, 2021

Description: In this vocal class for adult singers, renowned artist and mezzo-soprano Jennifer Johnson Cano will provide a relaxed, positive atmosphere for vocalists to learn more about what is specifically involved in singing healthily and well. Basic technique work will focus on posture, breathing, coordination, and singing in English. This class is most suitable to choral singers who have not experienced voice training before, or those who would like to brush up their skills and technique with the presence and instruction of a world-class singer and teacher.


ONLINE Wonderful World of Song

Suitable for College or adult students
One 60-minute session per week for six weeks

Tuition: $100
Application Deadline: May 15, 2021

Description: Renowned artist and mezzo-soprano Jennifer Johnson Cano will explore the beautiful facets of music and words. Each session will include group listening time, a discussion of historical context, a comparison of texts set by different composers, and recommendations for further self-learning. Throughout this 6-week course, focus will move from folk song (Kodaly, Niles, Canteloube, Berio, de Falla, Copland), to Shakespeare’s influence on British composers, to the great German pairings of poets and composers (Mörike/Wolf, Goethe/Schubert & Schumann, Brahms/Georg Daumer), to French Mélodie (Apollinaire, Verlaine, Baudelaire, Poulenc, Faure, Debussy, Ravel), and to the American Masters (Samuel Barber, and the Great American Songbook).

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MOCM Adult Chamber Music Intensive

June 27 - July 2, 2021 

REGISTER

The MOCM Adult Chamber Music Intensive places adult amateur instrumentalists in chamber ensembles of various sizes and instrumentation to work with faculty player/coaches. The collaborative faculty have included members of the St. Louis and Boston Symphony Orchestras, the Arianna String Quartet, and other St. Louis area performers and teachers. (registration deadline extended to May 1, 2020)

Suitable for Intermediate and Advanced instrumentalists age 21 or older

Location: Webster Groves, CMS Center

Tuition: $350

Application Deadline: EXTENDED:  May 1, 2021
CLICK HERE TO APPLY

Activities
Each ensemble will rehearse online or in person with its coach for a series of sessions over the workshop week, culminating in a performance finale. The Chamber Music Intensive experience also includes events such as group readings, master classes, faculty presentations and concerts, practice and reading sessions, and social events.

Repertoire

Individuals as well as pre-formed groups are encouraged to apply.

Individual participants will be assigned groups and repertoire 6-8 weeks in advance of the workshop. Assignments are based on playing level and prior chamber music experience. Repertoire requests will be granted when possible and ensemble requests are accepted. All participants are encouraged to learn their parts in advance of the workshop

 

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