SCHOOL OF MUSIC

CHAMBER MUSIC ENSEMBLES COACHING

St. Cecilia Music Center School of Music Chamber music coaching program offers motivated string and piano musicians an opportunity to work in a chamber ensemble through the school year and receive expert coaching.

Sookkyung Cho + Alicia Sawyers, Lead Coaches
Grades 3-12
Tuition: $265/student (includes $15 for Junior Music Clubs membership)


PROGRAM INCLUDES:

  • Required parent orientation and scheduling meeting in September.
  • 6 coaching sessions between October and April with outstanding musicians from West Michigan and beyond.
  • A workshop in December.
  • Performance at an SCMC Junior Music Clubs meeting.
  • Optional Community Outreach performances.
  • Final concert on April 19, 2020
  • Every participant receives 2 complimentary tickets to a Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Concert (3 concert series)
  • Tuition Fee includes membership in the St. Cecilia Music Center Junior Music Clubs.

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS

If applying as a pre-formed ensemble:

  • One chamber music piece
  • Each player will be asked to sight read

If applying individually to be placed in a group:

  • PIANO: two contrasting solo pieces and sight reading
  • STRINGS: one solo piece and sight reading

Fall Auditions: September 4, 2019


WHY CHAMBER MUSIC?

COLLABORATION: Chamber Music involves working together equally, sharing opinions and striving to come together to make something beautiful.
LEADERSHIP: There is no conductor!  Each member of the group has to be the leader at different times.
RESPONSIBILITY:  When there is only one student to a part, there is no ability to hide and each student must be responsible for learning his or her music!
INTONATION: In small ensembles, students must focus and learn the skill of playing in tune.
AND…it’s FUN!


LEAD COACHING FACULTY

SOOKKYUNG CHO | Piano Coach
Sookkyung is Assistant Professor of Piano at GVSU.  She is a founding member of Almava trio based out of NYC.  Sookkyung earned her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Juilliard and her Masters from Peabody.
ALICIA SAWYERS | Strings Coach
Alicia is the principal cellist of the West Michigan Symphony.  She received her Masters Degree from the New England Conservatory.  She is a passionate chamber musician, having worked with renown musicians including the Julliard String Quartets.