Education programs are at the heart of the Austin Chamber Music Center. Numerous educational opportunities support musicians of all ages, levels, and interests. ACMC is a learning community that sparks creativity through collaboration, inspires practice, instills leadership, and demands fun!
Why Chamber Music is Impactful!
“It is easy to point to musical growth and education when talking about my time at ACMC, but as a physicist I don’t spend as much time as I would like playing the cello let alone chamber music. On a daily basis in any profession, especially those with strong personalities, you have to know how to connect and communicate with people. One has to be able to share ideas, listen, and engage in dialogue. This sort of soft skill is hard to teach and is easiest to learn by doing. Chamber music is the pinnacle of small group discussion, several people conversing with one another through their tone, body language, and focus both during rehearsal and performance. This dialogue during rehearsal can be literal but during performance takes on a whole new scope; an artistic representation of people communicating, yielding the floor, and speaking in tandem. For me chamber music was the perfect way to learn this pervasive part of life as a soft skill. Of course my coworkers would argue that chamber music’s greatest impact on them has been my playlists; can you ever get tired of Schubert’s double cello quintet?”
– Tate Deskins, PhD Graduate Student, Case Western Reserve University, ACMC Alum 2008
“Chamber music played a large role in my teenage years, and is still my favorite way to make music today. I learned so much about diplomacy and communication playing in smaller ensembles, lessons that have carried through to other areas in my life. I was particularly struck by the similarities between chamber music and competitive sports whilst rowing for the University of Cambridge. You have to be a leader in your own right at all times, whilst simultaneously being unerringly in sync with the people around you, relying on all your senses to communicate. Of course, it helps that both activities are so dependent upon rhythm and tempo to maintain forward momentum!”
– Caughlin Ryder, Development Officer, University of Cambridge, ACMC Alum 2006
Adult Academy & Young Artists Academy
Adult Academy More Info
Chamber Music isn’t just for kids! ACMC has a thriving adult coaching program for musicians who seek to learn and perform chamber music in a variety of configurations. Groups are formed based on skill level and musical interests and placed with professional musicians for regular coaching sessions.
Young Artists Academy More Info
Designed for students ages 6-18 and meets on Saturday afternoons during the school year at the Armstrong Community Music School. Young artists of comparable age and musical proficiency are placed into small chamber music groups and assigned a professional coach to learn chamber repertoire from the classical canon. Students participate in theory & composition classes, masterclasses, and have multiple performance opportunities.
ChamberFlex More Info
Designed for advanced students who love chamber music and need a more flexible schedule for rehearsals and coachings. Ensembles receive coachings from local professional musicians and participate in a variety of performances and activities. Working in small ensembles instills skills that all young performers can use throughout their education and careers. Chamber music provides the perfect opportunity for a positive peer group dynamic, allowing a productive outlet for artistic exploration, creativity and expression.
Coltman Chamber Music Competition More Info
Begun in the spring of 2010, the annual Felicity Coltman Chamber Music Competition provides performance experience and expert commentary to advanced applicants. Winners of the competition are offered a cash prize in addition to multiple performance opportunities including a live-broadcast on KMFA 89.5.
In-School Coaching Programs More Info
Since 1997 ACMC has formed sustainable and valuable collaborations with middle and high schools in the Austin area reaching students throughout the year teaching them the intricacies of musical communication and expression within small ensembles.
School Concerts More Info
Through School Concerts, ACMC is able to educate and perform by presenting interactive performances of chamber music to elementary, middle and high school students. Our concerts take place in the schools, and each of our professional ensembles offers a unique presentation in what it means to play and listen to chamber music.
Summer Workshop More Info
A multi-week chamber music camp that runs simultaneously with the Austin Chamber Music Festival. The Summer Workshop provides musical opportunities for musicians of all ages (Primary Division ages 7-10, Young Artist Division ages 11-18, and Adult Division for avocational musicians ages 18 and up). Activities include chamber music, chamber orchestra, composition, improvisation, singing & solfege, percussion ensemble, and movement classes in addition to coaching and master classes with renown international touring artists.