Chamber Music Institute & Honors Ensembles

Chamber Music Institute

In addition to being in a large ensemble, each EYSO student (in the Prelude level and higher) has the opportunity to participate in a chamber music ensemble. This essential part of a young musician’s development helps to teach 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, about one third 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. Our coaches are some of the most skilled educators and performers in the Chicago area and have a great passion for teaching. The semester ends with a series of concerts. In addition to two main concerts per season (one in the fall and another in the spring), CMI ensembles are invited to perform at community concerts throughout the area.

Honors Chamber Ensembles

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

Honors Chamber Ensemble Information & Application.


CMI rehearsals are Sundays, before or after large ensemble rehearsals. Rehearsals for the 2018-19 CMI Spring season begin Sunday, January 20.

Chamber Music Institute concerts are November 18, 2018 and April 14, 2019.

CMI Tuition Information.

For more information and to enroll in the Chamber Music Institute, contact Director Theresa Goh.