Now in its third year (August 10-13, 2017) The Middlebury Chamber Music Festival includes concerts, lessons, masterclasses, community events and an intensive weekend of chamber music coaching.   Directed by Emily Sunderman at the Middlebury Community Music Center, the festival includes workshops for amateur and professional musicians in improvisation and chamber music, concerts and master classes by renowned visiting faculty, Olivia Hajioff (violin and viola), Marc Ramirez (violin and viola), Jonathan Weber (violin and viola) and Miho Weber (cello).

Festival Faculty Marc Ramirez, Olivia Hajioff, Miho Weber and Jon Weber

The idea for the festival originated when members of the Addison String Quartet wanted to improve as an ensemble. We decided to ask Miho Weber to come and coach us.   A few of us had worked with Miho at Point Counterpoint.  While at Point Counterpoint, we’d met a few other like minded adult amateurs, so we invited these friends to Middlebury for a weekend to be coached by Miho.  We enjoyed pot lucking and music making together and one thing led to another and the idea for the festival emerged.  2017 will be the 2nd year that we partner with our host, The Middlebury Community Music Center.

The mission of the festival is to make great works accessible to curious musical minds through a full immersion into standard and new repertoire.  The faculty’s goals are to inspire adult musicians to explore their love for chamber music while challenging them to have the highest of standards.  Through intensive seminars, we aspire that all our students become independent and intelligent performers and storytellers of the music, while developing new and lasting friendships with their fellow musicians.