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Monday, July 30 – Friday, August 3, 2018

Towson Campus

For string players in grades 5-12

Peabody Chamber Week is a one-week intensive chamber music program for string players in grades 5-12 at the Intermediate to Advanced levels. Advanced chamber groups rehearse four hours per day and have one hour of orchestra. Intermediate groups have two hours each of chamber music and orchestra.

Participants are grouped into string quartets, quintets or trios, and assignments and music will be sent by mid-June. While each group works on several pieces, the coach selects one or two on which to focus at a high level. Chamber music coaching focuses on musicianship and effective rehearsal techniques as the groups prepare for the final concert in the Towson Auditorium on the final Friday at 3:00 pm.

Designed to educate the total musician, the curriculum combines focused study of a chamber work with the opportunity to explore parallel disciplines. Each year, we invite a guest artist to share his/her expertise in a related musical field. Each faculty member also leads an Enrichment class on the creative topic of his/her choice, and master classes give each ensemble the opportunity to perform and receive feedback prior to the final concert.

Sample Daily Schedule

9:00 am Warm-up/Technique
9:30 am Chamber Music
11:30 am Lunch
12:00 pm Guest Artist
12:45 pm Enrichment
1:30 pm Break
2:00 pm Chamber Music or Orchestra
4:00 pm Masterclass

Tuition: $535

Audition Requirements

Acceptance is based on audition, which may be live or via DVD, CD, or video link. Memorization and piano accompaniment are not required. Returning students must audition.

  • A 2 or 3 octave scale (student’s choice of key) with 4 eighth notes per bow, legato (quarter note = 72) and in spiccato (one bow per note).
  • Two pieces of contrasting tempos or styles.

Repertoire Levels

Violin: Suzuki Book 5 through Advanced
Viola/Cello: Suzuki Book 3 through Advanced


Registration/Application for Chamber Week is a three-step process.

Step One: Apply

Early registration is encouraged. Late applications will only be considered if space is available.

Application deadline: Extended to May 20, 2018 (applications/recorded auditions received after deadline will only be considered dependent upon space availability).

Step Two: Audition

We encourage applicants to send links to video performances.
Deadline: Extended to May 20, 2018
Please email the link/s to State your name and what you will play at the beginning of each video.

Recorded auditions must be postmarked no later than May 18, 2018. CD/DVDs postmarked after this date will be considered depending upon space availability. All media must be clearly labeled with student's name, age, instrument, and repertoire performed.

Mail CD/DVDs to:
Peabody Preparatory Chamber Week
Attn.: Sherry Berlow
21 E. Mount Vernon Place, 1st floor
Baltimore, MD 21202

*Students in the Peabody Performance Academy for Strings or Pre-Conservatory Violin Program do not need to audition.

Step Three: Register

After submitting your application, please register and pay for Chamber Week using the link below.

Application deadline: Extended to May 20, 2018 (applications/recorded auditions received after deadline will only be considered dependent upon space availability).

Refund Policy
Full refund by May 20, 2018
Half refund by May 21-25, 2018
No refund after May 28, 2018