Chamber Music Institute

A unique opportunity to grow as a leader, collaborator, and musician.

In addition to their large ensemble experience, each EYSO student in the Prelude level and higher can participate in EYSO’s Chamber Music Institute as a member of an intimate chamber group. This essential part of a young musician's development teaches skills that improve both solo and large ensemble playing: each player is both a soloist and team member at the same time. Playing chamber music sharpens vital listening skills and provides invaluable musicianship training.

Typically, one third or more of EYSO members are enrolled in the Chamber Music Institute. Each ensemble meets for one hour (Youth Symphony ensembles may meet for 75 to 90 minutes) every Sunday and has a regular coach. Coaches are some of the most skilled educators and performers in the Chicago area and have a great passion for teaching. In addition to two main concerts per season, CMI ensembles are invited to perform at community concerts throughout the area.

Students not currently enrolled in EYSO large ensembles but interested in a chamber music experience are encouraged
to apply.

The Chamber Music Institute is directed by Roslyn Green.


Honors Chamber Ensembles

The four Honors Chamber Ensembles (HCEs) offer an unparalleled opportunity for advanced high school and college aged musicians to play chamber music at the highest level while working with some of the finest artist-educators and chamber music coaches in the nation. As premier ensembles and ambassadors of CMI and EYSO, the four Honors Chamber Ensembles (Maud Powell String Quartet, Hanson String Quartet, Sterling Brass Quintet, and Earl Clemens Wind Quintet)maintain active and high-profile performing schedules.

Youth Symphony musicians are eligible to apply and audition for the Honors Chamber Ensembles. (They may also sign up for the Chamber Music Institute.) HCE members are selected through competitive auditions in June, and they rehearse, tour, and perform together from August through June.

For information about the Honors Chamber Ensembles, please contact Roslyn Green.

CMI rehearsals are Sundays, before or after large ensemble rehearsals. Rehearsals for the 2022-23 CMI Fall session begin Sunday, September 18, 2022. For the Spring session rehearsals resume on Sunday, January 15, 2023.

Chamber Music Institute concerts are November 6, 2022 and April 2, 2023.

For CMI concert information, please click here.

CMI Tuition Information.

If you’re looking for information about our Summer Chamber Music Camp, please click here.