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Summer ChamberFest

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Monday, July 11 - Sunday, July 17, 2022

Chamber Music Showcase
The DePaul University School of Music is pleased to announce Summer ChamberFest, a one-week intensive program in the creative and challenging world of chamber music. This program offers daily coaching, master classes, seminars, and performance opportunities. Summer ChamberFest is open to string, woodwind and brass players. All student groups created during the week-long program will perform in a Summer ChamberFest closing concert, celebrating the week's accomplishments in the School of Music's state-of-the-art Holtschneider​ Performance Center. 

Rising high school junior and senior student instrumentalists are encouraged to apply. Students should be serious about making good music, working hard, and having fun! Groups and repertoire will be assigned to each student accepted. Pre-formed groups are welcome to apply. 

Applications have now closed for Summer ChamberFest. ​

Performing chamber music is a vital and fulfilling part of becoming a successful musician. Chamber music repertoire is vastly diverse, rich with technical challenges and opportunities for both intimately collaborative and virtuostic playing. Members of each group will learn to share and balance leadership roles and allow for independent and creative musical interpretation. Chamber music fosters critial communication techniques, both by learning to interact with colleagues in a respectful, productive manner and by providing valuable public speaking opportunities in front of an audience. Listening, awareness, responsiveness and flexibility are essential skills uniquely cultivated by performing chamber music. These abilities will serve you well in whatever career path you follow!

This program provides a rare and unique opportunity for dedicated high school music students to work with the School of Music's illustrious faculty who are professional musicians at the top of their field. Faculty members will continue to be updated as they are confirmed. All faculty listed are subject to change.

Julie DeRoche, clarinet

Neil Kimel, horn

Jeremy Ruthrauff, saxophone

Jenny Shin, flute

Scott Tegge, tuba

Jill Williamson, Chamber Music Coordinator

Stephen Williamson, clarinet

Please submit a short example of your playing that best demonstrates the full range of your technical and expressive skills (five minutes or less). Piano accompaniment is not required or necessary. Also, please list any chamber repertoire you have already worked on. This will help faculty get a sense of previous experience in order to create group assignments for the workshop.

Limited on-campus shared housing is available for $550 for the duration of the program. Students will be under the supervision of Resident Assistants (RAs) who will be present in the dorms at all hours of the evening, and will also accompany students to any evening programming or events. In the application, please select if you would like to receive more information about housing

Tuition for the program is $1,295. 

Application deadline is March 15, 2022. Students will be informed of acceptance to summer workshops by Friday, April 15, 2022. Total fees for the program are $1,295 for program only and $550 for housing. A non-refundable 50% deposit for participation will be due by Monday, May 2, 2022. Remaining 50% will be due four weeks prior to the program start date. Payment instructions will be communicated upon acceptance.

Each student accepted will be assigned to a chamber group with appropriate repertoire. Music will be sent prior to arrival and each student must prepare their part(s) in advance. Coachings will begin on the first full day of ChamberFest and each student is expected to come fully prepared to perform their part in its entirety. We will be diving right in from the first coaching session through the entire week, so eah student must commit to arriving at ChamberFest ready to perform. 

Please feel free to email us directly at with any questions.