Durango Chamber Music Academy Summer Institute :: June 3-7 & 10-14, 2019
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The Durango Chamber Music Academy was created by 3rd Ave. Arts in conjunction with the Durango Chamber Music Festival to provide the opportunity for young musicians to learn to play chamber music in a comfortable, nurturing setting and to encourage meeting friends with similar interests. Students of stringed instruments are invited to participate.

Ensemble music is unique because performers must expand their awareness beyond their own instrument and work on listening, balancing, leading and following the other instruments. Performers work together as a team and do everything possible to ensure that everyone plays well. Leadership skills are developed because each member of the group becomes the conductor at different moments.

We believe in honoring the special voice in all musicians. We coach, encourage, and applaud all groups equally, from high-level ensembles to those with participants who are just starting to play chamber music. Our goal is to use the tools of coaching and performance to build confidence and ability in each student.

Each day of the Academy begins with a half-hour Durango Chamber Music Festival concert. Parents are encourage to purchase a Parent's Pass and attend with their children. Class time is divided into ensemble playing with coaching, general music, performance practice and large ensemble rehearsal. All Academy events take place at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 910 E. 3rd Ave. in Durango.

The Durango Chamber Music Academy is presented by 3rd Ave. Arts, a non-profit whose mission is to present artistic and cultural events and arts education opportunities that enrich the fabric of our community. Learn more at www.3rdAveArts.org.

Who can participate

Any string student, ages 7 through 18 (and others on a case-by-case basis), who reads music proficiently and competently plays material from late Suzuki Book 2 (or equivalent ability) is welcome to enroll.

Due to the nature of ensemble playing, it is imperative that students attend all sessions. Please plan accordingly!


Students may attend either or both weeks. Tuition for the Academy is $315 for one week or $595 for both weeks. Deadline for receipt of tuition and registration form is April 15.

Scholarships and Payment Arrangements
Partial to full scholarships may be available for a limited number of students. Complete the scholarship application here. Arrangements may be made to pay tuition costs over several months. Email your request here.

Cancellations & Refunds
A full refund, less an administrative fee of $30, will be made if you cancel before April 10. Otherwise, tuition is forfeited.

Important Dates

Music to be learned will be mailed:
Tuesday, May 1. Students are expected to learn their parts to the best of their ability by the first day of the Academy.

Chamber Music Academy Summer Institute:
Monday – Friday, June 3–7 & 10–14, 2019
12:15–5:00 p.m.

Final concerts:
Fridays, June 7 and 14, 4:30 p.m.

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3rd Ave. Arts PO Box 1383Durango, CO 81302 (970) 903-7427