A week of joyous music making.
offers an opportunity to expand your playing through
expert coaching as you explore great chamber works by
the masters. We meet on the beautiful campus of Monmouth
University, only one mile from the northern New Jersey
shore. Many of our activities take place in the
auditorium within Great Hall, a grand 130-room mansion that is a
National Historic Landmark and a world-famous
to view images of this and other parts of Monmouth
participant is assigned to two chamber ensembles for the
week, ranging in size from trio to octet. The first
meets every morning, and the second meets in the afternoons.
Coaches are present to offer guidance for at least half
of each session. Participants are notified of
assignments at least four weeks in advance. We make
every effort to match players into compatible groups and
to carefully choose repertoire according to skill
levels. While most repertoire is chosen from the
standard chamber music literature, the works chosen may
be from the Baroque period through the 21st
century. Pre-formed groups are welcome. We
honor repertoire requests whenever possible.
The Simon Quartet leads three chamber music demos on
a variety of repertoire, followed by open
question and answer sessions covering topics related to
ensemble playing, including rehearsal techniques,
stylistic interpretation, and
developing ensemble unity.
LARGE ENSEMBLE READINGS:
take place on two evenings, with the participation
of the faculty and can include works
for string orchestra,
from the concerto grosso repertoire,
and works for string quartet read with more than one
person to a part. Some participants may be given the opportunity to read
through a concerto movement of their choice.
are two faculty concerts during the week. One features the Simon String Quartet
playing masterpieces from the repertoire. Cellist Joseph Kimura and
violist Kimberly Foster-Wallace join them for another
program of quintets and sextets.
You have the opportunity to share your week’s accomplishments with your friends and
family on Friday afternoon!
NOTE TO CELLISTS:
Some years, our program attract many cellists. In order to
include as many as possible, we offer an option for
some cellists to work primarily with the cello faculty
in chamber works for multiple cellos. We
maintain an extensive library of fine works for these
Most housing is in single rooms within air-conditioned
four-bedroom apartments, each with a kitchen, bathroom, and living area. Meals will be
provided by Monmouth's dining services close by.
David Bakamjian, Director