The chamber music coaching program at the Conference provides daily coaching for participants by faculty members. Participants in coached groups are carefully matched by repertoire preference (if stated) and by compatibility. Works are assigned several weeks before the Conference, and participants are expected to practice their parts thoroughly and to study scores in advance of attending.
You may personalize your coaching experience in several ways, including:
- Choosing between two coaching formats.
- Choosing between large and small weeks.
- Preforming groups and making requests for repertoire and/or coaches.
- Requesting to study and perform a work commissioned by the Conference and composed by a Composer-in-Residence or a Composition Fellow.
View the Coaching Program at a Glance table for a summary of the program and details of the instrumentation in each week of the Conference.
We offer two different coaching formats during the four weeks of the conference.
Coaching Format for Week 1 – The format of Week 1 includes more coaching sessions for each piece than the format of Weeks 2, 3, and 4. Participants receive three assignments for coaching: one piece is coached for six afternoon sessions and the two other pieces are coached for four sessions each, over three mornings and one evening. In addition, scheduled rehearsal times afford the opportunity for participants to practice and to assimilate feedback from coaching sessions; coaches do not attend the scheduled rehearsals.
Coaching Format for Weeks 2, 3, and 4 –Participants in these three weeks receive four coaching assignments per week and are coached on each piece for three mornings or three afternoons. This format does not include scheduled rehearsals and leaves more unscheduled time for informal ensemble playing. Weeks 2, 3, and 4 vary in enrollment size, instrumentation, and special coaching opportunities, as described below.
Large and Small Weeks
Weeks 1 and 2 are smaller weeks that usually enroll between 40 and 50 participants; these weeks offer a more intimate atmosphere than the larger weeks.
Weeks 3 and 4 enroll between 80 and 90 participants and offer the opportunity to play outside of coaching sessions with many participants and auditors.
Coaching Requests and Preformed Groups
After your application is accepted, you may submit requests, including your preferences for personnel and repertoire for coached groups. These requests help us customize your schedule to an extent not matched in other workshops.
Preformed Groups – You may submit a request for a preformed group by specifying the musical composition and all other players in the group. You can preform one of the three groups in Week 1 and two of the four groups in Weeks 2, 3, and 4.
General Requests – We encourage participants to express general preferences for coached groups, for example:
I'd like to be coached on Beethoven opus 132 or
I'd like to work with one of the following coaches ... or
I'd like to work on a piano trio. Offering a variety of repertoire requests will allow the schedule to reflect some of your preferences while also including works that are new for you. We cannot fulfill every request, but we make every effort to honor as many as possible.
Coaching on a Commissioned Work
In each of Weeks 2, 3, and 4, the Conference invites a Composer-in-Residence and a Composition Fellow to write works specifically for a group of Conference participants. You may request, as one of your assignments, a new composition with its composer present at coaching sessions. The group will be coached by the Composer-in-Residence and will perform the commissioned work in a Participant Musicale.
See the Composers' Forum page for more information.
2019 Coaching Program at a Glance
|Program Element||Week 1||Week 2||Week 3||Week 4|
|Dates||July 14-21||July 21-28||July 28-August 4||August 4-11|
|Number of participants||40 to 50||40 to 50||80 to 90||80 to 90|
|Number of works coached||3||4||4||4|
|Coaching hours per work||6 to 9||4.5 to 6**||4.5 to 6**||4.5 to 6**|
|Total coaching hours||21||21||21||21|
|Instrumentation||violin, viola, cello, bass
flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn
|violin, viola, cello, bass
flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn
piano, harp, voice
* For participants who indicate interest when applying.
** In 2019 weeks 2-4, we are employing an experimental schedule with exactly 5.25 coaching hours per work.