Colorado Music Festival Chamber Music Intensive

IN PERSON | Advanced String Players | July 26–30, 2021 | 9 am-5 pm Daily | $470

This week-long intensive for serious string players provides a unique opportunity to spend a week immersed in chamber music.

20 selected students will have a rare chance to interact with Colorado Music Festival guest musicians and attend a Festival Orchestra rehearsal. Each daily session will include coaching by Center faculty and other professional players, as well as chamber rehearsals (ensemble and orchestra). Daily special topics include Wellness for Musicians, Movement for Musicians (Eurhythmics), and more.

Here’s what you can look forward to every day: 

  • Small ensemble and string chamber orchestra rehearsals 
  • Coaching and instruction from Center faculty and other professional players 
  • Wellness for Musicians to help you play mindfully, avoid injury, and more 
  • Movement for Musicians (Eurhythmics) 
  • Special topics including Improv for Classical Musicians, Understanding the Science of Sound, and Practice Techniques 

Unable to attend the full intensive or just want the opportunity to engage with our special guests?

Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday’s guest musician sessions are available as online open sessions for $25 each. These online sessions are open to anyone. Learn more and register >


Monday, July 26: Meet Colorado Music Festival Music Director Peter Oundjian

Meet special guest Peter Oundjian, Music Director of the Colorado Music Festival; Peter previously served as the Music Director of the Toronto Symphony, as principal violinist in the Tokyo String Quartet, and more. Hear Peter’s advice for up-and-coming musicians and future orchestra leaders. Peter will be participating in person! 

Tuesday, July 27: Meet Legendary Composer Joan Tower

Meet Grammy Award-winning composer Joan Tower, whose works include Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman, Made in America, and dozens more. Tower is premiering a brand new cello concerto during the 2021 Festival and will discuss her approach to writing. Joan joins the intensive live over Zoom.


Wednesday, July 28: Meet Grammy Award-Winning Violinist Augustin Hadelich

Colorado Music Festival 2021 violin artist-in-residence Augustin Hadelich makes a special appearance to give a unique masterclass on string technique. Augustin will be participating in person!

Thursday, July 29: Attend Colorado Music Festival Rehearsal at Chautauqua Auditorium in Boulder

Friday, July 30: Culminating concert at the Center for Musical Arts