COVID-19 Updates

We will continue to monitor and comply with all recommendations from public officials and will keep you informed as necessary. Our staff will be working from home for the time being; please don’t hesitate to contact us via email or by leaving a voicemail on our main office line: 512-454-0026. All of our most recent updates are posted below.

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October 2 Venue Update

Due to the recent surge in Austin’s COVID-19 numbers, we are moving the concert on Saturday, October 2 to our office lobby at 7600 Burnet Road. We know that many of you have enjoyed Beethoven’s Birthday in our lobby in past years and are thrilled to safely present this concert in ACMC’s home! Capacity will be limited to ensure socially distanced pod seating. Friday night is sold out, and limited in-person tickets remain for Saturday night at the ACMC lobby. Join us as we kick off a season of Favorite…

2021–2022 Safety Guidelines

With the health and safety of our community in mind, we have updated our COVID-19 guidelines in accordance with the most recent City of Austin and CDC guidelines. The guidelines that ACMC implements will depend on the current City of Austin stage of risk at the time of each event. The current stage for the City of Austin and corresponding guidelines can be found at AustinTexas.gov/Covid19. ACMC guidelines are subject to change. Stages 1–3: Masks worn over the nose and mouth are recommended for individuals who are not vaccinated. Stages 4–5:…

Reflections on a Year of Making Music Together Apart

Austin Chamber Music Center, Austin Classical Guitar, and Conspirare, with the support and encouragement of the Still Water Foundation, collaborated in the 20-21 season to support one another and share ideas during the COVID pandemic as we transitioned to in-home, streaming performances. Collectively we are incredibly grateful to have been able to continue to serve, employ our artists and staff, and create music that inspired and connected our communities during this time of great challenge. This year of pivoting and innovating will inform our work as we return to in-person…

Festival Mask Policy Update

Given the updated guidance from the CDC and the City of Austin, masks are no longer required for our outdoor Festival events but are recommended for unvaccinated people. Please contact us if you have questions about this updated protocol. If you prefer to watch the livestream, virtual tickets are available for all Festival events on a sliding scale $0–40 and include on-demand access through July. We look forward to sharing the final two concerts with you, live this Thursday and next! Get Festival Details

25th Annual Festival: Outdoors & Online

We are thrilled to announce that the 25th Annual Austin Chamber Music Festival will take place both outdoors and online! The concerts will be held on the front lawn at the Neill-Cochran House Museum each Thursday evening May 27 through June 24. Seating pods of 1-4 people will be spaced six feet apart and masks will be required. If you prefer to watch the livestream, virtual tickets are available on a sliding scale and include on-demand access through July. Don’t forget to check out our Streaming Tips page if you…

Spring Sessions on New & Improved Platform

The Chamber Connect: Spring Sessions are about to begin, and we are thrilled to be able to kick off a new year of concerts with you on our new virtual platform! The platform has been personalized for our ACMC audience and offers an elevated quality for streaming and on-demand video access. Get to know how it all works on our Streaming Tips page. Tickets are available now through our box office page for the Spring Sessions, which begin on January 23. Similar to the fall, these programs will be accessible…

A Charlie Brown Christmas New Virtual Event

ACMC presents its 9th annual celebration of A Charlie Brown Christmas this year as a special virtual event. To brighten your season, the program will be free to watch. Enjoy your favorite tunes from this holiday classic from the comfort of your home! The concert features Vince Guaraldi’s original music from the animated television special. Returning to perform these iconic pieces is bassist Utah Hamrick, ACMC Artistic Director and pianist Michelle Schumann, and drummer Scott Laningham. Special guests include vocalist Michelle Haché and Ephraim Owens on trumpet. A new recording…

Fall Update for Education Programs

ACMC continues to bring safe learning opportunities to students during the 2020–2021 academic year! Virtual Composition classes are in session this fall as part of the Young Artists Academy, and ensemble coaching is in the works for the spring. Our faculty is working with students in our In-School Program virtually and in-person at outside locations, taking all necessary precautions. ACMC is currently producing educational videos as a virtual option for our School Concerts program; these videos will soon be available on our website to all schools and individuals as a…

Virtual Concerts Continue This Fall

The Austin Chamber Music Center is presenting brand new content as part of its virtual series, Chamber Connect. The new Fall Sessions will feature works by Bach, Schubert, Glass, Rachmaninov, Carlos Simon, and more. These evocative and thought-provoking programs will be recorded especially for the ACMC audience. The sessions include pre-concert talks as well as a live Zoom chat between the artists and the audience members. Each online event takes place on a Saturday at 7:30 PM CT: the first program, Kindred Spirits, on September 26; the second, be still…

Update for Beethoven & the Infinite Ticketholders

ACMC has finalized our plans to finish out the 2019–2020 Tribute season, and we will present the Attacca Quartet virtually on September 12. To cap off our season of “big birthdays and big ideas,” the 2019 Grammy®-winning Quartet will take us on our Beethoven & the Infinite journey, featuring the String Quartet in E-Flat Major, Op. 127. Their performance will be recorded especially for Austin Chamber Music patrons. In addition to a stellar performance, the event will feature behind-the-scenes discussions on the music and the lives of our artists. If…

2020 Virtual Festival Announcement

Artistic Director Michelle Schumann has created a Festival plan that maintains our wonderful ACMC spirit while keeping everyone safe and healthy. We will move online for the Austin Chamber Music Festival, where, from June 27 through August 8, we will present a weekly series of  curated performances. Dr. Schumann will lead all of these musical features with narrative, interviews, and behind-the-scenes tidbits. Our world-class artist lineup includes: Pacifica Quartet, Anton Nel, the Butler Trio, a Black Artists & Composers program, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Duo Sonidos (a collaboration…

The 2020 Blue Bash – Now Free Online

ACMC is bringing our biggest event of the year, The Blue Bash, to your living room on Saturday, May 9 at 8 PM CT! Join Artistic Director Michelle Schumann along with the incredible Graham Reynolds and two ACMC alumni, composers Diana Burgess and Noah Simon, for performances and a look at how composition plays into our educational programs. Register to receive the access link. It is free to attend. Please consider making a donation to support ACMC during our biggest fundraiser of the year, made all the more important at…

Update regarding ACMC Education Programs

The spring semester of the Young Artists Academy is scheduled to continue virtually on Saturdays, starting April 11. Students have all been contacted directly with details. Our School Concerts and In-School Coaching sessions are currently suspended with schools being closed indefinitely; we hope to provide virtual resources to participating schools in the coming weeks, and will reach out to them directly. The following educational events have been suspended: Adult Academy Masterclass, April 5 In-School Program Collaborative Concert, May 3 Adult Academy Outreach Concert, May 6 Collaborative Chamber Music Concerts, May…

Introducing New Virtual Series, Chamber Connect

Although our in-person performances have been suspended for the safety of our community, the Austin Chamber Music Center is excited to share with you our new virtual chamber music series, Chamber Connect. Please join us on YouTube Premieres on Saturdays at 8 PM. If you have a Google or YouTube account, you can interact with the performing artists and your chamber music friends during the watch party. If you do not have an account, you can still enjoy the video and view the comment feed. Visit our Chamber Connect page…

Update regarding Beethoven & the Infinite

We remain committed to presenting our season finale, Beethoven & the Infinite, if and when possible. We hope patrons will consider holding on to tickets until we make a final decision, which should happen no later than mid-April. In the event that we do cancel, we will send a form to select from the following options with respect to tickets: Convert your tickets into a donation to ACMC. Your fully tax-deductible donation will help keep us afloat during this challenging time. Exchange your tickets for an upcoming performance. We are…

Updates Regarding COVID-19 and Spring Event Programming

In accordance with CDC recommendations, we are suspending our upcoming concert programming through May. We are in the process of exploring live virtual “watch parties” and other alternative ways to deliver you chamber music content.

The event and concert programming affected are:

  • Final Season Concert: Beethoven & the Infinite, March 27 & 28
  • A Moveable Feast at Esquina Tango, April 18
  • The Blue Bash, May 14
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