Chamber Music in Grantham: Performance & Composition

Intensive Chamber Music & Composition Work Shop
Messiah College, Grantham, PA 17027
August 6-August 11, 2006

This one-week, intensive program is designed to enhance participants' ability to effectively communicate musical ideas in performace.
Participation Information

Participation requirements
Participants are a select group of professionally-oriented, advanced students of violin, viola,
cello, piano, and composition, (16) years of age and older. Exceptions will be made for gifted younger applicants.

Participants will be grouped into string trios, string quartets, piano trios, piano quartets, or piano quintets. The groups and music will be assigned to each participant prior to the beginning of the program. Each chamber group will have group rehearsals, coaching by all members of the faculty, performances in the master-classes, and a public performance at the closing of the camp in Miller Auditorium. Various seminars of music/chamber music–related topics will be offered. There will be a guest artist performance and master-class by world-renowned cellist Ronald Leonard, principal of Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra and professor of cello at the USC Thornton School of Music.

In addition to attending guest artist performances and master-classes, participants for the Composition Workshop will write music and participate in group critique, study selected chamber works, and supervise readings and rehearsals of their works. At least one composition will be selected for public performance by the Mendelssohn Piano Trio.

Tuition, Room and Board
Double-occupancy dorm—$400
Double-occupancy apartment—$425
Single-occupancy dorm—$450
Single-occupancy apartment—$500
Tuition and meals only (housing on your own)—$325
Chamber Music Faculty

Mendelssohn Piano Trio
Peter Sirotin, violinist
Fiona Thompson, cellist
Ya-Ting Chang, pianist

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Composition Faculty

Richard Roberson
Composer, Pianist
Dean of Messiah College School of the Arts

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Guest Artist

Ronald Leonard

Guest Artist
(Performance & Masterclass)

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Artistic Advisory Board
Jerome Barry
baritone and artistic director of the Washington, D.C., Embassy Series

Earl Carlyss
Violinist, Former member of Juilliard String Quartet
Director of Quartet Studies at the Aspen Music School

Victor Danchenko
violinist, faculty at the Curtis Institute of Music and Peabody Conservatory

Ronald Leonard
Gregor Piatigorsky professor of cello at the USC Thornton School of Music.

Richard Roberson
pianist and composer, dean of School of the Arts at Messiah College

Ann Schein
Distinguished teacher's chair at the Aspen Music School


Messiah College’s scenic main campus, located on 400 beautiful rolling acres in the suburban town of
Grantham, in south central Pennsylvania, features Climenhaga Fine Arts Center, which has the 400-seat Miller Auditorium, the 150-seat Poorman Recital Hall, a large instrumental rehearsal hall, and ample practice room space for musical studies and performances.

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Contributions to support the educational and cultural objectives of Chamber Music in Grantham: Performance and Composition are gratefully accepted. All contributions are tax-deductible if they are made to Messiah College and designated to Mendelssohn Piano Trio/Chamber Music in Grantham.

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Please write, call, or e-mail:
Chamber Music in Grantham:
Performance and Composition

Peter Sirotin
9400 Sunnyfield Ct.
Potomac, MD 20854
(301) 299-6526
cell (301) 806-2250 or


For instrumentalists
Please submit a letter of application, which should include the following information: name, address, phone number and e-mail, date of birth, parent(s) or guardian name and phone number, gender, instrument, number of years studied, and a brief description of your prior chamber music experience. Please include a letter of recommendation from your current teacher with his or her contact information, a tape or compact disc of two contrasting styles of music of your choice, along with your $50 application fee, which is applied toward tuition. Participants who are not accepted will be refunded the application fee in full.

For composers
Please submit a letter of application, letter of recommendation from your current teacher, and a score of a substantial (more than five minutes) composition for piano trio. Works submitted should not have received a public performance. All accepted compositions will receive a reading during the camp, and one will be selected for performance by the Mendelssohn Piano Trio at the final concert.

Application deadline: May 15, 2006. Notification of acceptance will be made by June 1. Applications received after the deadline will be considered if space is available. After being notified of acceptance, the tuition is due by June 15, 2006.

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Last Update: May 10, 2019