The information below refers to the 2021 Summer Chamber Music Camp. We will be updating this page for 2022 when the details are available.
Challenge yourself in a chamber music setting while discovering a deeper approach to learning music. Work directly with an internationally acclaimed string quartet. Meet new people and learn something about yourself.
EYSO's week-long program will divide string players into trios, quartets and quintets based on their age and ability. Each group will work with a regular coach and spend 3-4 hours together each day. The camp will also include masterclasses, classes in composition, Alexander Technique, and listening workshops: a total of more than 35 hours of instruction.
"My daughter truly enjoyed the time she spent at the camp. She was excited to go to Elgin Academy the past week...Thanks for providing a music camp of excellent teaching, inspiration and fun activities in such a beautiful campus setting."
2020 Summer Chamber Music Camp Parent
"For me, EYSO Summer Chamber Music Camp was a truly intriguing and exhilarating experience. Not only was I able to perform music that conveyed such introspective thoughts, but I also shared memorable experiences with numerous young musicians who had common interests. I would recommend these monumental five days of music to any musician yearning to have a great time during the summer."
2019 Summer Chamber Music Camper
CAMP AT-A-GLANCEWhen? July 26-30, 9:00am-5:30pm (8:00am early drop-off and aftercare available through Elgin Academy).
Where? Elgin Academy: 350 Park St, Elgin, IL 60120
Who? Students entering 4th grade or older, who have been playing their instrument for at least two years. 4:1 average student to teacher ratio. Violin, viola, cello, and bass invited to apply. Wind and brass applications accepted as part of pre-formed groups.
How Much? Tuition: $550 plus $25 application fee. Application fee waiver and tuition assistance are available.
Is EYSO’s Summer Chamber Music Camp going to be in person?
YES! We already had a safe and successful in-person camp in 2020, and we can’t wait to do it again this summer. We’ve studied and implemented Illinois’ Phase 4 Guidelines for Day Camps, as well as Elgin Academy’s policies and EYSO’s own protocols to create a comprehensive plan that includes masks, social distancing, small group sizes, symptom and temperature screening, outdoor rehearsals when possible, and so much more. Check out the health protocol document from 2020’s camp to get a complete picture of our plans. We will monitor state guidance and update our policies if necessary – either adapting to added restrictions as needed, or expanding our offerings as safety and regulations allow.
Local homestay matching may be available for students who have distance/transportation concerns.
WHY CHAMBER MUSIC?
All musicians agree: chamber music is the “fast track” to growing as a player and musical thinker. It not only helps sharpen a student’s playing skills, but also their ability to collaborate, solve problems creatively, and explore the world around them through music.
Each player shares the spotlight as a soloist, as part of a supportive, collaborative “team." Performing without a conductor, making decisions together as a group, and actively listening and analyzing allows students to become more independent musicians. In this nurturing environment, and using EYSO’s approach to educating the “whole musician,” students grow quickly!
Summer Chamber Music Camp is offered by EYSO’s Chamber Music Institute. Click here to learn more about what we do!
ENSEMBLE-IN-RESIDENCE: KAIA STRING QUARTET
Click here to apply. Once all application parts are received, we will notify applicants of acceptance on a rolling basis.