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DePaul Community Music Division (CMD) proudly presents its newest offering, the Youth Orchestra | Chamber Music Program (OCMP@CMD), designed to cultivate the talents of young musicians studying violin, viola, cello, bass, piano (chamber groups only).Guided by a unified team of outstanding coaches, including Mina Zikri, conductor of the Oistrakh Symphony of Chicago and the Northbrook Symphony, and members of the esteemed KAIA String Quartet, OMCP@CMD welcomes string students seven years or older playing at Suzuki Book 2 or above, and piano students playing Haydn/Mozart/Beethoven Sonatas or above.For string students, this program affords participants the unique opportunity to engage in both chamber groups and youth orchestra, creating a comprehensive musical experience that fosters growth, collaboration, and musical unity. As part of the chamber experience, piano and string students learn to blend their sound seamlessly and develop an increased awareness of the subtle nuances required for cohesive ensemble playing. Chamber ensembles are organized by interest, age, and ability. The OCMP curriculum also develops communication skills, fosters rhythmic integrity, accelerates note-reading, and enhances accountability for one's own part. Overall, OCMP@CMD cultivates a vibrant community and creates lasting musical bonds among its participants. Through shared experiences and performances, students develop a strong sense of camaraderie and mutual support. We hope you will consider signing up today. Learn more below!
Please thoroughly read the following information regarding OCMP@CMD Auditions. Includes returning students.
Audition Requirements for Strings and Piano
Mozart Ensemble (Suzuki Book 2 and up):
Beethoven Ensemble (Suzuki Book 4 and up):
Youth String Orchestras
Piano Students - Chamber Groups only
Chamber Groups9/2410/110/810/1510/22-10/29 Mixed 11/511/1211/18Master class 11/5Mozart: 12:30-2:00Beethoven: 2:00-3:30