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.

You may personalize your coaching experience in several ways, including:

View the Coaching Program at a Glance table for a summary of the program and details of the instrumentation in each week of the Conference.

Coaching Formats

We offer two different coaching formats during the four weeks of the conference.

Coaching Format for Week 1 – The format of Week 1 includes more coaching sessions for each piece than the format of Weeks 2, 3, and 4. Participants receive three assignments for coaching: one piece is coached for six afternoon sessions and the two other pieces are coached for four sessions each, over three mornings and one evening. In addition, scheduled rehearsal times afford the opportunity for participants to practice and to assimilate feedback from coaching sessions; coaches do not attend the scheduled rehearsals.

Coaching Format for Weeks 2, 3, and 4 –Participants in these three weeks receive four coaching assignments per week and are coached on each piece for three mornings or three afternoons. This format does not include scheduled rehearsals and leaves more unscheduled time for informal ensemble playing. Weeks 2, 3, and 4 vary in enrollment size, instrumentation, and special coaching opportunities, as described below.

Large and Small Weeks

Weeks 1 and 2 are smaller weeks that usually enroll between 40 and 50 participants; these weeks offer a more intimate atmosphere than the larger weeks.

Weeks 3 and 4 enroll between 80 and 90 participants and offer the opportunity to play outside of coaching sessions with many participants and auditors.

Coaching Requests and Preformed Groups

After your application is accepted, you may submit requests, including your preferences for personnel and repertoire for coached groups. These requests help us customize your schedule to an extent not matched in other workshops.

Preformed Groups – You may submit a request for a preformed group by specifying the musical composition and all other players in the group. You can preform one of the three groups in Week 1 and two of the four groups in Weeks 2, 3, and 4.

General Requests – We encourage participants to express general preferences for coached groups, for example: I'd like to be coached on Beethoven opus 132 or I'd like to work with one of the following coaches ... or I'd like to work on a piano trio. Offering a variety of repertoire requests will allow the schedule to reflect some of your preferences while also including works that are new for you. We cannot fulfill every request, but we make every effort to honor as many as possible.

Coaching on a Commissioned Work

At the 2021 Conference, participants in each week will have the opportunity to be coached on any of the four large-scale works that have been commissioned for our 75th anniversary. See the Composers' Forum page for more information.

2021 Coaching Program at a Glance

Program Element Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4
Dates July 11-18 July 18-25 July 25-August 1 August 1-8
Number of participants 40 to 50 40 to 50 80 to 90 80 to 90
Number of works coached 3 4 4 4
Coaching hours per work 6 to 9 5.25 5.25 5.25
Total coaching hours 21 21 21 21
Scheduled rehearsals      
Commissioned works*
Instrumentation violin, viola, cello, bass, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, piano

* For participants who indicate interest when applying.

The Chamber Music Conference and Composers’ Forum of the East, Inc.
Tobias Werner, Music Director
Donald Crockett, Senior Composer-in-Residence
Susie Ikeda, Executive Director

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