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Please select a program under "Start an Application" on the left-hand side of this page to learn more about Chamber Music or The RSC ChamberMusicLab program. Please find a brief description of each program below:

RSC Chamber Music Programs

The Rivers School Conservatory offers three programs of chamber music instruction.  Chamber Music study offers a window on to a fantastic and rich world of music, one in which many famous composers made their most profound and enduring contributions to the repertoire.  Chamber music training teaches essential extra-instrumental skills.  One must hear and play one’s part in the context of the whole, much like living one’s life as part of a community. These skills, uniquely learned through immersion in chamber music, translate directly into skills young people need to succeed in any field – medicine, law, and many others in which the combination of talent, grit, and collaboration are critical success factors.  Thousands of career professionals in fields other than music spend their lives playing and enjoying chamber music as amateurs based on the training they received at an early age.

Studio Chamber Music (Tuition $675 per semester)

For students interested in gaining chamber music experience.  Depending on instrumentation available from the applicant pool, students will generally be placed in duos, trios or quartets.  Generally age 10 and up. Students are carefully matched in terms of playing level, age, experience and temperament.

  • Open to anyone by audition
  • 1 hourly weekly coaching; Schedule windows: Tuesday 5-8PM; Friday 5:30-7:30PM; Saturday 9-2PM
  • Ample workshop and recital opportunities
  • August 30 Online Audition deadline; September 11 (1-5PM & 12 12-3PM) live auditions

Junior ChamberMusicLab (Tuition $1010 per semester)

For serious young instrumentalists; exposure to more serious chamber music study and overlaps with Honors ChamberMusicLab master classes.  Provides students with priority consideration for admission to Honors ChamberMusicLab

  • Open by audition to ages 10-13 (Generally grades 6-8)
  • 2-3 hours every Saturday; 9AM -12PM or 11AM -2PM
  • 1 hour coaching; 1 hour rehearsal with rehearsal assistant;
  • 1 hour master class 8 times per semester; Regular workshop and performance opportunities.
  • Priority online application deadline May 17; Live final round auditions June 12 9AM-12PM
  • Late summer application (non-priority) August 23

Honors ChamberMusicLab (Full Scholarship)

  • Open by audition Ages 14-18 (Generally grades 9-12)
  • 3 hours every Saturday; 9AM -12PM or 11AM -2PM
  • 5 hours coaching; 1.5 hours rehearsal
  • Master Class 8 times per semester; frequent workshop, master class and performances
  • Priority online application deadline May 17; Live final round auditions June 12 9AM-12PM
  • Late summer application (non-priority) August 23

An intensive tuition-free program of study for highly advanced high-school students.  ChamberMusicLab demands a serious commitment to the study of chamber music.  Many students who have participated in ChamberMusicLab have gone on study at major American and European conservatories.  Most ChamberMusicLab ensembles learn at least one complete work during the year.  Ensembles are encouraged in major competitions and to present complete public recitals. 

For further information please go to https://www.riversschoolconservatory.org/programs/chamber-music/chambermusiclab/

If you have any questions about the program or application, please contact Bruce Coppock@ b.coppock@rivers.org or 781-235-6840. 

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