The chamber music coaching program at the Conference provides daily coaching for participants by faculty members. Participants in coached groups are carefully matched by repertoire preference (if stated) and by compatibility. Works are assigned several weeks before the Conference, and participants are expected to practice their parts thoroughly and to study scores in advance of attending.
In 2021, each participant will receive 21 hours of coaching on four works—the format for weeks 2, 3, and 4 in other years—but other aspects of the coaching program will be modified due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- We will not mix winds and non-winds (strings and piano) in coaching assignments, and because of the distancing requirement we will not assign any coached groups larger than five players.
- All playing spaces that we officially provide will be selected with quality of ventilation in mind. For coaching, wind groups will be assigned playing spaces with the most space and the highest levels of ventilation. Note that we are likely to use the Jennings music building to a rather limited extent, instead primarily using newly-constructed, air-conditioned, mechanically-ventilated spaces in Commons.
The Chamber Music Program and other programs of the Chamber Music Conference are made possible, in part, by support from ACMP Associated Chamber Music Players, the Aaron Copland Fund for Music, the Alice M. Ditson Fund of Columbia University, and generous contributions from individuals.
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