Chamber Music Festival 2017
The Star Showcase Concert
Saturday, May 20 at 7:00pm Sommer Center
Chamber music provides students of all ages with the opportunity to enhance their
performance skills and expand their musical insight and awareness through coaching
sessions. The faculty coach’s role is to be a musical guidance counselor/facilitator.
• Reading a musical score: analyzing and evaluating
• Preparing the individual musical parts and learning non-verbal techniques of communication
• Active learning and performing
Chamber music is for students of all ages who have had one or more years of private
instruction. Participants will be grouped according to their skill level. Chamber music is
open to students who study privately with the Conservatory faculty as well as with outside
teachers. Chamber music coachings are scheduled on Fridays and Saturdays, though
exceptions are made when needed.
The Conservatory Chamber Music Program consists of 8 sessions with a faculty coach each
semester for vocal and instrumental ensembles.
The second semester chamber music program culminates in the annual Conservatory Chamber
Music Festival on May 20, 2017 with the student showcase concerts.
Kiss the Stars Goodnight, a multi-movement chamber music song cycle for student performers by Matt Van Brink, weaves a story of discovery and whimsy in the day of the life of a child: waking up, going to school, daydreaming, playing, and saying good night. The cycle includes eight song settings of poems by Karla Kuskin, Mary Britton Miller, Deborah Chandra, Carl Sandburg, and Charlie Sohne. The work was commissioned by Concordia Conservatory, in 2010, and Matt has re-arranged the work to be tailored to the constituency of this year;s chamber music students.