Summer Chamber Music Camp

A THANK YOU to our sponsors!

EYSO's Summer Chamber Music Camp is sponsored in part by Elgin Township and EFS Foundation.

We have an EXCITING update! Early this Monday evening, shortly after posting this donation request, we learned that Nick's Pizza and Pub is sponsoring food for the WHOLE week including our celebratory end-of-camp meal! We are absolutely ELATED! A HUGE THANK YOU TO NICK'S PIZZA AND PUB!!! And A HUGE THANK YOU TO BOARD MEMBER BILL NICHOLSON for reaching out to Nick's!!!
If you would like to contribute to our new Summer Camp program, we will certainly appreciate the donations, but wanted to share the exciting news!

Please stop by Nick's to dine and thank them for supporting EYSO!

Please click here if you too would like to support our new Summer Chamber Music Camp

Thank you!

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 chamber orchestra, masterclasses, classes in composition, Alexander Technique, and listening workshops--a total of more than 35 hours of instruction.


I had so many influential experiences at summer music programs. Stepping out of my comfort zone to try new things helped me grow in unimaginable ways. I wanted to bring that experience to young people in the area.

Theresa Goh
Chamber Music Institute Director



When? July 22-26, 9:00am-5:30pm (early drop-off available at 8:00am, 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.

How Much? Tuition: $550 plus $25 application fee.Tuition Assistance available during registration.


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!


KAIA String Quartet is a Chicago-based ensemble devoted to capturing the essence of Latin American culture through the medium of the string quartet. KAIA recently completed their residency with WFMT Chicago's classical and arts radio station where they performed, curated, and exposed audiences to new ways of thinking about Latin American music.
This acclaimed ensemble The quartet has not only toured internationally and recorded three albums, but are also committed educators. Through Promotora de las Bellas Artes, KAIA has toured Mexico, performing education concerts. Locally, the quartet has partnered with Ravinia Festival’s Reach*Teach*Play program, to engage young people with the “stories within the notes.”
Students will be inspired by daily performances from KAIA, opening them to the possibilities of chamber music. When coaching, the KAIA players will be direct mentors to young musicians, motivating them to take creative risks and develop artistic and personal skills. Students will also get to see the inner-workings of their creative process, a perfect example of how to become a better collaborator, communicator, and leader.
kaia victoria

Victoria Moreira

kaia naomi

Naomi Culp

kaia amanda

Amanda Grimm

kaia hope

Hope Shepherd DeCelle




Application Opens
Once audition videos are received, we will notify applicants of acceptance on a rolling basis.  


Deadline to submit audition video.  


All applicants will be notified of their acceptance status and registration opens.   Applications for Tuition Assistance will be accepted during the registration process.


Registration closes. 

07.22 - 07.26.2019


Teaching Assistants

College age music students are eligible to join the camp as teaching assistants. Those selected will share their passion for chamber music and be responsible for a myriad of jobs including assisting faculty during coachings, operational and administrative tasks, technology support, music library assistance, and serving as “camp counselors,” shaping the culture of the camp. Teaching assistants will have the unique opportunity to observe and learn from our renowned faculty. Additional info and application to become a Teaching Assistant can be found here.


I imagine a summer of tremendous musical growth and lifelong friendships, for kids who come to the EYSO Summer Chamber Music Camp. And of course, it will be fantastic and fun and meaningful, in that unique EYSO way!

Randal Swiggum
Artistic Director

Photo Credit: Kim Ayars Photography
With the exception of KAIA String Quartet photos, all Summer Chamber Music Camp photos are credited to Kim Ayars.