TCSYO is thrilled to open registration for its Chamber Ensemble Program 2021/22. TCSYO will continue to provide quality and structured Chamber Music to its talented young musicians this coming season. Please continue reading to learn more about this wonderful opportunity.
What is chamber music: Chamber music is a form of classical music composed for a small group of musicians, each with their own part to play. The name comes from centuries ago when small groups of musicians were hired to fit a palace "chamber." It is "the music of friends," and is often described as a "musical conversation," often played just for fun when musicians gather. Playing chamber music requires special skills, which differ from those required to play solo or in an orchestra including:
Collaboration: Chamber Music involves working together equally, sharing opinions and striving to come together to make something beautiful and working towards a common goal. Each individual voice is important, and so is the collaboration of the voices together.
Leadership: There is no conductor! Each member of the group has to be the leader at different times to help the group come together.
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! With such a small ensemble, attendance and punctuality also become very important; students must be responsible for regular, faithful attendance and being on time for rehearsals.
Intonation: In small ensembles, students must focus and learn the skill of playing in tune.
Performance Skills: The ability to perform in front of an audience is another skill that is honed in chamber music. Control of performance nerves translates to auditions, interviews, presentations, and any type of public speaking.
And… it’s FUN!: Chamber Music is a great combination of playing music and spending time with friends!
Chamber music is a team effort and one that requires each musician's personal commitment to give their best. Communicating with fellow players, learning to trust one another, finding one’s own musical voice, and making musical decisions together democratically is a wonderful and important experience for young people to have.
HOW TO APPLY
Students who are accepted into the Chamber and Symphonic Orchestras have an opportunity to register for the Chamber Ensemble Program. The registration sign-up form can be downloaded HERE and will also be sent to CO/SO members on August 1st. The registration form should be returned to TCSYO via Email/postal mail by August 15th. No payment is due with the registration form. Payment will be due if/when you are selected for a chamber group.
Chamber groups rehearse on a weekly basis at Katherine Johnson Middle School (formally Sidney Lanier Middle School) one hour prior to the scheduled orchestra rehearsals on Monday / Tuesday evenings. Each group will rehearse every week on its own. Chamber groups will then be assigned a time on seven Saturday afternoons to rehearse with TCSYO' Director of Chamber Ensemble Program, Mr. John Kaboff, at his home studio in Vienna, Virginia. The Saturday coaching dates are listed in the Orchestra Handbook. Parents and students may not move the time or place of rehearsals or coaching sessions once they have been set without approval of TCSYO Board of Directors. If Mr. Kaboff needs to cancel a Saturday coaching session because of illness, etc., a make-up coaching date will be scheduled. If a coaching session is canceled at the request of the members, NO MAKE-UP will be schedule. 100% attendance is always expected.
Mr. John Kaboff will coach TCSYO' chamber groups and will rehearse with each group at their assigned time during seven Saturday sessions in the fall semester and/or seven Saturday sessions in the spring semester. Parents and students will be given the dates and times of their coaching sessions if they are selected to play with a chamber group. Students are expected to attend all rehearsals and all coaching sessions. Families are expected to make every effort to accommodate the group's obligations - in such a small group, 100% attendance is always expected.
There will be several opportunities for performance throughout the year. Chamber music groups will perform at the end of each semester at one of the following locations: Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage, Richard J. Ernst Theatre or Rachel M. Schlesinger Hall. There may also be opportunities for one or more of our ensemble groups to participate in a local competition. TCSYO will allow this ONLY if the group registers as a TCSYO Ensemble, i.e.: TCSYO String Quartet, etc.
The ensemble experience is dependent on the commitment and attendance of each member to both rehearsals and performances. More than three absences will result in dismissal from the group for the remainder of the semester. In the event of an absences you are responsible for notifying TCSYO, your coach and all fellow ensemble members. The other members of your group will continue to meet - without you that week.
All students and families are expected to conduct themselves in a collegial and cooperative manner. Communication and commitment among Chamber Music ensemble members and coaches is extremely important to the success of the group.
Tuition covers compensation for our coaches, as well as costs associated with TCSYO' performances and rehearsal space. Please do not make a payment until you learn whether or not you are placed in an ensemble. Financial aid could be available for families that need assistance.
Tuition (each semester): $400.00
Chamber Group Registration Form: HERE
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