Chamber Music in Grantham: Performance & Composition

Intensive Chamber Music & Composition Workshop
Messiah College, Grantham, PA 17027
August 6- August 13, 2010

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

Qualified participants in the festival may receive graduate credit.
For more information, please visit or call the Dean's office at 717-796-5045

There is a full scholarship available for one highly qualified viola participant this summer.

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Participation Information

Public Events
All events are free to the public and will take place at the Poorman Recital Hall, Climenhaga Arts Center, Messiah College, Grantham, PA.

Faculty Concert - Aug. 6, 3 PM.
Mendelssohn Trio masterclass
Richard Roberson Masterclass
Ann Schein joint Concert - Aug. 11, 8 PM.
Ann Schein masterclass - Aug. 12, 10 AM.
Students Chamber Recital - Aug. 13, 3 PM.

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. Each participant will be assigned to a group, and music will be selected for each group prior to the beginning of the program. Each chamber group will have group rehearsals, coaching by all members of the faculty, performances in the masterclasses, and a public performance in Poorman Recital Hall at the closing of the camp. Various seminars of music/chamber music-related topics will be held each day. There will be a joint performance and masterclass by guest artists Earl Carlyss, violin and Ann Schein, piano.

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—$690
Double-occupancy apartment—$730
Single-occupancy dorm—$770
Tuition and meals only—$520
Tuition and housing only—$520
Tuition only—$350
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

Ann Schein

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 are gratefully accepted. All contributions are tax-deductible. Please make checks payable to: Messiah College/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

Past Seasons

2009 Camp

2008 Camp

2007 Camp

2006 Camp

Participants' Comments
Hannah Thomas-Hollands
" This camp was a great experience and I've loved every minute of it. The atmosphere is fantastic and the coaches were really helpful. I only wish it could have been longer."

Anna Bain Pugh
" This was a perfectly balanced experience - great people, fabulous music and just enough independent time. See you next year. "

Johann M. Wiese
" This camp was really cool, I enjoyed it a lot. The master classes were awesome (helpful and fun) , and I think I learned much about chamber music while I was here. "


For instrumentalists
Please submit a letter of application which should include the following information: name, address, phone number, e-mail address, 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 non-refundable $50 application fee, which is applied toward tuition.

For composers
Please submit a letter of application, letter of recommendation from your current teacher, and a score of a substantial (longer 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 at least one will be selected for performance by the Mendelssohn Piano Trio at the final concert.

Application deadline: June 1, 2010. Notification of acceptance will be made before June 15, 2010. After being notified of acceptance, the tuition is due by June 30, 2010. Applications received after the deadline will be considered if space is available.


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