Registration for Fall 2020 Semester Open!
Registration closes September 2. To participate you must be a fluent music reader and play a string instrument, piano or be an intermediate level and above woodwind player in Grades 4 – 12.
This season brings new challenges and new opportunities! The uncertainty of the fall still brings questions about in-person school classes and students on campuses. But, no matter what state of affairs we find ourselves in, the Chamber Music Academy will be in session.
In general, Off the Hook Arts will follow PSD guidelines: if schools are conducting in-person classes, we will return to our usual schedule of weekly Wednesday classes. In the case that life is not yet back to normal in September, registered students will be assigned to small chamber music ensembles and work independently with an assigned coach. Every group’s weekly coaching schedule will be arranged with your coach and take place in people’s homes, with good social distancing practices in place.
Eventually, we’ll all come together in a virtual or in-person recital by the end of January. We even have high hopes that WinterFest will find us back together, with students once again opening our Chamber Music Mixer for an on-line or in-person concert!
Fall semester will bring jazz and improvisation instruction to the Chamber Music Academy. If you have an interest in being in a small jazz or world music group, please let us know. We’ll do our best to place you with like-minded students, at your performance level, with a great coach ready to inspire and help you reach your creative limits.
Come join us and experience the joy of playing chamber music! Learn more about finding your ‘musical voice.’ This is a collaborative music program that gives kids a great way to develop their musical skills while working with their peers. All students work in set chamber music groups coached by high level professional musicians, plus: chamber orchestra for strings working with Michael Davis, former concertmaster of the Louisville Symphony Orchestra; woodwind ensemble; and piano four hands for pianists. Master classes with guest artists include festival artists from WinterFest and Front Range Chamber Players take place throughout both semesters.
Build your technical skills while gaining a greater understanding of how to play musically. Come join us for a great way to learn more about different styles of music, how to play in a small group, feel musically confident and have your own voice. We’ll help you build technical skills and get a greater understanding of how to play musically.
Please contact Jephta Bernstein to participate as a sponsor or donor, financially or through the donation of pianos and instrumen
Strings: Jessica Albrecht, cello; Jephta Bernstein, violin; Glésse Collet, viola; Michael Davis, violin; Madison Johnson, viola; Heidi Mausbach, cello; Daniel Delaney, cello; Ann Schnaidt, viola; Michael Schaefer, violin
Woodwinds and Recorder Choir: ‘Cille Lutsch, flute
Chamber Orchestra Conductors: Michael Davis and Michael Schaefer
Chamber Music Academy Program Details
4:25 Instruments out, tuned and ready to go
You’ll have plenty of time to chat, catch up, eat snack in just a few minutes (okay, 50 minutes).
4:30 – 5:20 Coaching
Pre-assigned groups will work on a standard repertoire selection as their semester long piece. Guest coaches and occasional switching of coaches will occur in order to give coaches with different main instruments so that all students have feedback, as much as possible, on their primary instrument.
5:20 – 5:30 Snack and Social Time
Bring a snack and relax a bit with your fellow musicians.
5:30 – 6:25 Large Ensemble/Chamber Orchestra Class
Students work in Chamber Orchestras, four-hands piano groups, or woodwind choirs. Ensembles are led by former Louisville Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Michael Davis, 30 year PSD veteran orchestra/band director Michael Schaefer, and flutist ‘Cille Lutsch. Guest Events: Guest Performances and Master Classes with visiting OtHA festival artists, Front Range Chamber Players members.
6:30 Go Home!
Students are required to be present, practice their parts, participate in discussions and workshops promoted by faculty, and perform in the end of semester recitals.
Recitals will be in public facilities in an effort to give back to our community and let kids Play It Forward!
Learn about ways you can offer your time and skill(s) and take on small jobs that make a major difference in our day to day operations. Contact Jephta Bernstein at [email protected] or visit our Volunteer page.
The Adult Amateur Chamber Music Workshop
Off the Hook Arts is pleased to offer the Adult Amateur Chamber Music Workshop. Enroll in a chamber music group as an individual or bring in a pre-formed group for coaching with professional chamber musicians.