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Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival
June 9- 23, 2024
Paul Watkins - Artistic Director
Philip Setzer - Shouse Institute Director

Currently, the application for the 2023-24 Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival is not open.
The 2023-24 application cycle is open from October 1, 2023, through November 15, 2023.

An intensive 2-week coaching and performing experience
for the finest emerging, professional chamber ensembles

“To be mentored by such fantastic musicians at the onset of our career was invaluable."

- Lisa Kaplan, eighth blackbird 

“[This being our second year of performing under the auspices of the Shouse Institute,] it is definitely a bittersweet experience moving on to new projects and festivals but being proud to have been in the company of outstanding fellow young artists and incredible established colleagues...Seeing the Festival’s ongoing support of young artists is affirming in many ways. Thank you for including us in the Festival family.”

- Delphi Trio


The Shouse Institute is a proud part of the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival. In its 31st season, the Festival will perform over 20 concerts in a variety of venues throughout metropolitan Detroit. Look forward to many distinguished artists and programming that ranges from standard repertoire to cutting-edge, new works.

The Shouse Institute seeks emerging groups pursuing a career in chamber music. Participating ensembles are viewed not as students, but as young colleagues of the Festival artists. Each group is given multiple performance opportunities at Festival concerts, including collaborations with Festival artists. Shouse fellows enjoy intensive coaching opportunities with some of the world’s most renowned chamber musicians. Past Shouse participants include eighth blackbird, Pacifica Quartet, Claremont Trio, Viano String Quartet, Calidore String Quartet, Jupiter Quartet, Escher Quartet, Ardeo Quartet, and Antares, among others.

All Shouse fellows receive lodging, travel to and from the Festival, transportation assistance during the Festival, and per diem.

Qualified applicants are groups of 3 to 6 musicians. Duos will occasionally be considered. Wind, string, brass, percussion or mixed ensembles are eligible. Ensemble members should generally not be older than age 30 at the time of application, though there are no strict age requirements. Ensembles should be committed to a career in chamber music. Up to four ensembles will be selected to participate. No individual may apply for participation with more than one ensemble. No changes in personnel will be allowed once the application has been submitted unless consent is given by the Festival.

Please fill out only one application per ensemble.

Inquiries should be directed to: 
Chloe Tooson, Artistic Operations Associate
email: | phone: 248-559-2097 | fax: 248-559-2098
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