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Madeline Island Chamber Music, a Program of MacPhail, is devoted to educating and nurturing the next generation of musicians through concentrated study and performance of chamber music on verdant, historic Madeline Island. Established in 1985 as a one-week camp for 20 high school musicians, the program has evolved to its current six-week structure serving over 70 extraordinarily talented high school, college, and graduate school string and woodwind musicians. The program also provides a residency program in the Twin Cities, public performances and community education programs. The program is a nationally recognized model for education in chamber music. Learn more.

Chamber Music for Strings provides intensive study and performance of string chamber music repertoire. Thirty-two talented young musicians are grouped according to age and ability, and are immersed in our curriculum that provides daily coaching and twice-weekly private lessons from our resident quartets and individual faculty. 

Chamber Music for Strings is open to advanced string players ages 14-24. 

The Fellowship String Quartet Program provides intensive study and performance of string chamber music repertoire.  Sixteen students will be accepted for the five-week Fellowship String Quartet Program and will study alongside the thirty-two students accepted into the three-week Chamber Music for Strings program.  The fourth and fifth weeks are for the fellowship students alone and include specialized curriculum studying with an internationally renowned quartet in week four, and studying and performing with an Artist Faculty violist and cellist in week five.  

The Fellowship String Quartet Program is open to advanced collegiate and graduate level string players 18 years old or older.  Applicants must have completed their freshman year in college. 

The Emerging Artists Quartet in Residence includes full participation in the Fellowship String Quartet Program, and in addition will be designated as Mentored Teachers and work alongside our faculty.  The Quartet will be presented in a full-length concert on our Mainland Concert Series, and will perform a quintet with one of our faculty on our Island Concert Series. 

The Emerging Artists Quartet in Residence must be a pre-formed quartet that has played together for at least one academic year and attend the same school or live in the same geographic area. 

The Seminar for Advanced Wind Chamber Music is a program designed to advance all aspects of music making, primarily through the study, rehearsal, and performance of the wind quintet repertoire.  In addition to daily technique classes, coachings, and private lessons given by the dynamic members of the Prairie Winds, the curriculum includes innovative instrument-free sessions that heighten listening skills, rhythm, intonation, and musicality.   

The Seminar for Advanced Wind Chamber Music is open to advanced collegiate and graduate level horn and woodwind players. 


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