PURPOSE The Park Ridge Strings CHAMBER MUSIC INSTITUTE for strings is aimed at enriching the students’ group experience, sight-reading ability, and overall level of musicianship through exposure to ensemble literature and rehearsal techniques.
Students study and perform chamber music works scored for 2-4 parts (duos to quartets), with one player per part. Repertoire includes pieces from the Baroque, Classic and Romantic periods.
The Chamber Music Institute is open to violin, viola, and cello students in Grades 2nd-8th.
Enrollment priority is given to students currently studying at Park Ridge Strings.
All students not currently enrolled in Park Ridge Strings must audition for placement.
The CMI starts after spring break and continues until the end of the school year.
2011 Concert date TBA. All chamber music groups will perform in the concert, and will be joined by the Cello and Viola Choirs.
A $20 participation fee per weekly coaching session is required of applicants not currently enrolled in Park Ridge Strings.
The participation fee for Park Ridge Strings students is included in tuition, except for a one-time $10 fee covering chamber music sheet music.
FACULTY Andrei Pricope, director-teacher at Park Ridge Strings, has coached chamber music ensembles for Districts 64 and 207, the Chicago Youth Symphony, and the Elgin Youth Symphony. As a graduate student, Mr. Pricope was teaching assistant to the famed Vermeer Quartet (1994-1997), and has participated in master-classes with many of today top string quartets, both in Europe and the US.
Students will be grouped first by musical ability, then by age/social compatibility.
Weekly coaching sessions are 30 minutes.
All sheet music is provided and covered by the participation fee.
STUDENTS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS While we attempt to enhance every student’s life experience through music making, we are not trained, certified or licensed in special education or music therapy, therefore teaching students with special needs (developmental, cognitive, motor, behavioral, or emotional) is outside of the scope of our programs.