Welcome to the CHAMPS Education Program! 

Dear Reader,

Whether you are a student just beginning your chamber music journey, the parent of a budding young musician, a supporter of music education or curious about chamber music, we welcome you to come and be part of our community. This year celebrates CHAMPS 28th anniversary of providing chamber music education to students in local public schools. With over 1000 CHAMPS alumni now, of which I am one, we are so proud of the opportunities and quality that we have been able to deliver for all these years.  At the beginning of each school year I always look forward to working with students who will have their first chamber music experience as well as those who are returning, desiring to deepen their musical understanding and expand their repertoire. There is so much great music to learn! 

We are looking forward to masterclasses this year with William Fedkenheuer of the Miró Quartet and a masterclass with all the members of the Thalea Quartet, who will share what it’s like to be in an up and coming young professional quartet. In addition each year we bring students out into the community to perform outreach and community engagement concerts.

As we become more reliant on technology, I feel that playing and experiencing music in real time and in person is that much more valuable. One of my favorite things is watching the concentration on the faces of the performers. Witnessing the students connecting with their fellow musicians though movement, eye contact and breath, and experiencing the joy of simply creating the music in the moment each time, it's what makes chamber music so rewarding. 

Take a look around and join us for some of our fantastic events coming up. Looking forward to connecting with you this year!

Leah Nelson, Executive Director