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Summer Chamber Music Workshop 2024

Masks are optional for this program but this is subject to change based on venue and government requirements

Summer Workshop 2024 - Register by March 29th -
Placement Auditions - April 6th

Registration will open January 19th, 2024 at 8am

Sacramento Youth Symphony is proud to offer the 34th Annual Summer Chamber Music Workshop. Founded in 1990, the summer session of the Sacramento Youth Symphony’s Chamber Music Workshop offers an intensive week of ensemble playing, introducing young musicians, ages 7-12 (Junior Program) and 11-19 (Senior Program), to chamber music literature and rehearsal techniques. This program offers individualized coaching with professionals in the performance field, as well as a festival concert including all participants at the conclusion of the Workshop.

Placement Auditions will be held by in-person audition on April 6th.  Audition Requirements: Applicants will be expected to play a scale (major scale - one octave for Week I and two-three octaves for Week II) and a solo piece

that best represents their playing ability (no longer than 3 mins).  Returning SCMW students who were in the Senior Program last summer have the option of submitting a video audition (Due April 2nd) in lieu of the in-person audition.

Claire Tatman

Director, SCMW

Click Here for Video Audition Requirements and Submission Instructions for Returning Senior Program Students. 

If the video is not presented by deadline, the student will be unenrolled from the program.

All prospective students should register for the program by March 29, 2024.  All registrations are considered conditional until after the audition results have been delivered. At the time of registration, you will be asked to pay a $50.00 deposit and a $5.20 account fee.  You will also be asked to set up a tuition payment plan on autopay.  The tuition will be split into two equal payments and billed on 5/10/24 and 6/10/24.  If you choose to cancel your registration you must do so before May 1st, 2024.  If for any reason we are unable to accommodate your musician or need to cancel the program due to COVID restrictions, a refund of tuition will be granted (less audition + account fee) even if the registration cancellation date has passed. If your child is unable to attend camp due to testing positive for COVID, tuition adjustments will be offered upon verification of positive test results.

A limited number of scholarships are available, as well as tuition assistance for those who qualify. The tuition assistance application is included as an option on the registration form.

Once  registered, students will receive an audition time at least two weeks prior to the audition date.  Returning Senior Program students who prefer to send in a video audition should notify SYS on their preference, refer to the Video Audition Requirements and Submission Instructions link above and submit a video by April 2nd.  If the video is not presented by deadline, the student will be unenrolled from the program.

$25 Deposit & Account fee due upon registration.   Tuition Payment Plan:  Payments Drafted on

5/10/24 and 6/10/24.

Senior Program: June 17th - June 23rd (Mon-Sun, excluding Wed 6/19)

Ages 11-19*

CSUS, Capistrano Hall

10:00 am – 4:30 pm   

Chamber Music Showcase, TBA
Festival Concert, June 23rd evening

Tuition: $475 + $5.20 account fee


*This program is suitable musicians ages ranging from 11 to 19 who are ready for more challenging repertoire. Participants younger than 11 who are at an adequate performance level may be considered. Instruments accepted into this program are violin, viola, cello, string bass, flute, oboe, clarinet, french horn, bassoon,  and piano^. Other classical instruments are accepted on a case-by-case basis.


The students are grouped into chamber groups from trios to sextets according to their age and musical proficiency. These groups are coached in rehearsal and performance techniques and are taught how to work independently on musical interpretation and general ensemble playing. There are two orchestras with placement determined by age and skill level. All students have the opportunity to perform with their individual chamber groups at the Friday Chamber Music Showcase and in their orchestra at the Sunday Festival Concert.

^limited positions available


$25 Deposit & Account fee due upon registration.   Tuition Payment Plan:  Payments Drafted on

5/10/24 and 6/10/24.

Junior Program (Half-Day):  June 24th - June 28th (Strings Only)
St. Anthony Church: 660 Florin Rd, Sacramento, CA 95831

10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Tuition: $325 + $5.20 account fee

This half-day preparatory program is suitable for string students ages 7-12 who have played their instrument as least one full year, offering a technique class, small ensemble coaching, and string orchestra rehearsals. A mentoring program will be in place for Senior Program students who will spend the morning assisting with the Junior Program and the afternoons in side-by-side sight-reading sessions with faculty artists.

Mentor Program (Must Be Enrolled in Senior Program - Accepted by Audition + Application Statement)
St. Anthony Church: 660 Florin Rd, Sacramento, CA 95831

10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Tuition: $125

Student mentors assist the coaching staff as they work with the Junior Program participants, helping these students to prepare for their end-of-week performance.  Mentors will also rehearse with the coaches during the afternoons in preparation for a Mentor/Coach chamber performance for the younger participants and for additional concerts for the public traditionally performed at Westminster Presbyterian Church, U.C. Davis Retiree Center and Eskaton Village. The student mentors must be enrolled in the Senior Program to be considered and will need to complete the Mentor Statement on their application.  Up to 8 Advanced Students may be selected to be mentors based on audition.

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