About the Middlebury Chamber Music Festival

 

Founded in 2013, 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 artists and faculty.

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Festival Workshop Coaches Marc Ramirez, Olivia Hajioff, Miho Weber and Jon Weber
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Arturo Delmoni coaching students
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coach Jon Weber – late night practicing!

Community Barn Lecture-Discussion about Practice – 2018

Arturo Delmoni and Peter Sanders will offer tips and stories about practicing, studying and playing from their careers as musicians, students and music teachers on July 1, 2018 at 10AM at Community Barn Ventures. Delmoni and Sanders are world-renouned soloists, recording artists, community organizers, chamber musicians, orchestra members, and teachers.

Arturo Delmoni and Peter Sanders Speakeasy – on practice
Sunday, July 1, 2018 10-12 AM
Community Barn Ventures
44 Main Street
Middlebury, VT 05753

ARTURO DELMONI, VIOLINIST – Violinist Arturo Delmoni’s remarkably distinctive violin playing embodies the romantic warmth of the great virtuosi of the golden age of violin playing. Audiences everywhere have fallen under the spell of his technical mastery and immediate emotional communication. His stylish, elegant interpretations of classical masterpieces have earned him critical acclaim in the United States and abroad. Arturo has appeared as a recitalist throughout the United States and in Europe, the Middle East, Japan, and Hong Kong. Arturo received his first violin lessons at age four, and soon came to the attention of Dorothy DeLay of the Juilliard School. His public career had already begun with recitals and a network television appearance when he entered Juilliard as a Naumburg scholarship student. He continued his studies with Miss DeLay, Ivan Galamian, and with Josef Gingold during summers at the Meadowmount School. After graduation from Juilliard, Arturo studied with Jascha Heifetz at the University of Southern California’s Institute for Special Musical Studies, and with Nathan Milstein. He took honors in the Dealey, Flagler, Viña del Mar, Kennedy-Rockefeller, and Leventritt competitions. As a chamber musician, he has performed with illustrious colleagues such as Pinchas Zukerman, Elmar Oliveira, Emanuel Ax, Nathaniel Rosen, Jon Kimura Parker, Jeffrey Kahane, and Dudley Moore. Arturo is Concert Master of the New York City Ballet Orchestra and has appeared with the St. Louis, Dallas, Jupiter, the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston; the California Chamber Symphony; the Rhode Island, Brooklyn, Boston, Omaha, and Kansas City Philharmonics; and the Boston Pops. Arturo Delmoni also serves on the violin faculty of the prestigious Meadowmount School.

PETER SANDERS, CELLIST, is a New Yorker and a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music.  Mr. Sanders is a member of the New York City Ballet Orchestra (for which he serves as principal cellist), principal cello for the New Philharmonic of New Jersey and performs with the Riverside Symphony, the Stamford Symphony and has performed and recorded as a guest artist with the Perspectives Ensemble.  He has toured Southeast Asia twice with the New York Symphonic Ensemble and as concerto soloist with the group performed in concerts in Taipei and Singapore.  He is Artistic Director of the Central Vermont Chamber Music Festival, which had its inaugural season in 1993.  Mr. Sanders was a winner of the 1998 Artists International Award as a member of the Hollaender Ensemble and is currently a member of the Ariadne Trio.  He has participated in many summer festivals including the Colorado Music Festival, Skaneateles Festival, Crested Butte Chamber Music Festival, Eastern Music Festival (faculty position), Central Vermont Chamber Music Festival, Lancaster Festival, Ohio (where he was principal cello from 1992-98), Windham Chamber Music Festival and this summer with the Sherman Chamber Ensemble. As a studio musician Mr. Sanders has recorded for a variety of popular artists including Pat Metheny, Jewel, Kathie Lee Gifford and Carlinhos Brown.  He can be heard on the Delos, Muse, Bridge, RCA Victor-Red Seal, New World and On the Lamb labels.

Community Chamber Orchestra Reading

img_0545-2Community players and participants in the Middlebury Music Festival Chamber Music Workshop will join together to read chamber orchestra pieces including Bach Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 and Handel Concerto Grosso Op. 3, No.6.  Jon Weber will be conducting. 
Middlebury, VT | Unity Hall at the Middlebury Congregational church
Friday, June 29, 2018 from 7:00 to 8:30 PM (EDT)
Program:
Bach Brandenburg Concerto No. 4.  featuring violin soloist Jon Weber and flute soloists James Berg (flute 1) and Amy Mason (flute 2)
Handel Concerto Grosso Op. 3, No.6. in D Major with flute soloists Betsy Killorin (flute 1) and Addy Parsons (flute 2)
Bach Double Violin Concerto – Vivace with soloists Carter Lee and Camila Blanco, Largo ma non tango with soloists Arturo Delmoni and Emily Sunderman, Allegro with soloists Olivia Haijoff and Marc Ramirez
Rosin Eating Zombies by Richard Meyer – under copyright, parts to be supplied.

2017 Festival Highlights

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Nothing could be more fun than than making music with this eccentric, eclectic and thunderously compassionate community.  I can’t wait until next year! Below are highlights from the 2017 Festival!

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The 2017 Festival schedule: 

  • String Quartet In the park!:  A chamber music program featuring works by Elvis, Led Zeppelin, Maroon 5, and Mendelssohn (and more) outdoors will be held on the new park opposite the new town hall and the Main Street Rotary in Middlebury, VT on Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at 5PM.  The string quartet features violinists Jon Weber and Emily Sunderman, violist Elizabeth Reid and cellist Miho Weber. In partnership with the Better Middlebury Partnership and the Middlebury Community Music Center. Free!
  • Gala Benefit Concert:  Saturday, August 12, 2017 at 8PM at Saint Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 3 Main Street, Middlebury, VT.  String Quartet and and Duo performances by MarcOlivia and Miho and Jon Weber. The program will include movements from Shostakovich, Haydn and Mendelssohn string quartets and duets by Schulhoff and Igudesman. $20 donation split to support scholarships at the Middlebury Community Music Center and Saint Stephen’s community outreach.
  • Festival Concert, Sunday, August 13, 2017 at 5PM at Saint Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 3 Main Street, Middlebury, VT.  Featuring performers from the Middlebury Festival Chamber Music Workshop. $20 donation split to support scholarships at the Middlebury Community Music Center and Saint Stephen’s community outreach.  The program will include movements from the following works:
    • The Mendelssohn octet,
    • Mozart Piano Quartet in G minor
    • Michael Haydn Divertimento in G Major
    • Corelli Concerto Grosso F Major
    • Schubert Trout Quintet
    • Schumann Andante und Variationen (featuring 2 pianos, french horn and 2 cellos)
    • Mozart Flute Quartet in C Major
    • Mozart String Quartet No. 23 in F Major, K. 590

A Community Improv Workshop led by Jon Weber on Thursday, August 10, 2017 from 4-5:30 PM in the Salon at MCMC. Registration is open to adults, middle and high school students musicians of any instrument. Limited to 20 participants with at least 3 years of experience on their instrument. $15.

  • Improv Workshop: Thursday, August 10, 2017 from 4-5:30 PM
  • Fee:  $15
  • Location: The Middlebury Community Music Center (MCMC). 6 Main Street, Middlebury, VT.

A Cello Masterclass with visiting artist Miho Weber was open to the community. The masterclass will be held in the Salon at MCMC on Thursday afternoon, August 10, 2017 from 2-3:30PM. Registration is open to cellists and the curious of all ages and abilities.

  • Cello Masterclass: Thursday, August 10, 2017 2-3:30PM
  • Location:  The Middlebury Community Music Center (MCMC). 6 Main Street, Middlebury, VT.

Camp Adagio Concert:  A concert program featuring Bizet’s Carmen, Telemann, choral works and improvisations will feature youth chamber musicians participating in the Middlebury Community Music School Camp Adagio on Friday, August 5, 2017 at 2PM at Saint Stephen’s Church, Middlebury Vermont.

2017 Festival Concert Videos

 

Middlebury Chamber Music Festival

Gala Concert Program
Saturday, August 12, 2017 at 8PM at

Saint Stephen’s Church, 3 Main St, Middlebury, VT 05753 Phone: (802) 388-7200

Linked below are youtube.com video links from the 2017 gala program.

Donations and proceeds from the 2017 Festival Gala concert were contributed to the financial aid fund for students at the Middlebury Community Music Center and Saint Stephen’s for their generous hosting of the concert!

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2017 Workshop Program

Below are program selections for the 2017 Middlebury Chamber Music Festival Workshop.  Each participant will study two works during the long weekend.  To prepare for the workshop:

  1. Print or find a copy of your parts and scores.
  2. Write in measure numbers
  3. Listen to recordings
  4. Practice your part so the focus of rehearsals can be interpretation and ensemble.

A1) Mozart Piano Quartet in G minor, K.478 First Movement

A2) Michael Haydn Divertimento in G Major Finale (Presto)

A3) Corelli Concerto Grosso F Major (op 6, no. 1) — Allegro ritmico, ma cantato e spigliato to the end

A4) Schubert Trout Quintet Theme and Variations

B1) Mendelssohn Octet First Movement

B2) Schumann Andante und Variationen, Op.46 —  Doppio movement

B3) Mozart Flute Quartet in C Major — Allegro (1st movement)

B4) Mozart String Quartet No. 23 in F Major, K. 590 “Prussian No. 3”: II. Andante.  The second movement only – Andante (in some copies the tempo is marked Allegretto)

 

Here is a matrix that may help…

Group A Group B
Becky Piano A4) Schubert Trout B2) Schumann Andante und Variationen
Carol Violin A3) Corelli Concerto Grosso B4) Mozart String Quartet No. 23
Celia Violin A3) Corelli Concerto Grosso B1) Mendelssohn Octet
Chelsea Cello A4) Schubert Trout B3) Mozart Flute Quartet
Christian Cello A1) Mozart Piano Quartet B1) Mendelssohn Octet
Diana viola A2) Michael Haydn Divertimento B4) Mozart String Quartet No. 23
Emily Violin A3) Corelli Concerto Grosso B1) Mendelssohn Octet
Janice viola A1) Mozart Piano Quartet B3) Mozart Flute Quartet
Joanna flute A2) Michael Haydn Divertimento B3) Mozart Flute Quartet
Joy Viola A4) Schubert Trout B1) Mendelssohn Octet
Jurgen horn A2) Michael Haydn Divertimento B2) Schumann Andante und Variationen
Linda piano A1) Mozart Piano Quartet B2) Schumann Andante und Variationen
Mellen Cello A3) Corelli Concerto Grosso B1) Mendelssohn Octet
Minna Cello A2) Michael Haydn Divertimento B2) Schumann Andante und Variationen
Olya violin A4) Schubert Trout
Ping Violin A1) Mozart Piano Quartet B1) Mendelssohn Octet
Romy violin A2) Michael Haydn Divertimento B3) Mozart Flute Quartet
Samuel Viola A3) Corelli Concerto Grosso B1) Mendelssohn Octet
Tom Cello A4) Schubert Trout B4) Mozart String Quartet No. 23
Becky Cello A3) Corelli Concerto Grosso B2) Schumann Andante und Variationen

2017 Festival Schedule

 

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

  • String Quartet Concert in the Park – A chamber music concert of pop and classical tunes craving the outdoors will be held on the new park opposite the new town hall and the Main Street Rotary in Middlebury, VT on Wednesday, August 9 at 6PM.  The string quartet features violinists Jon Weber and Emily Sunderman, violist Elizabeth Reid and cellist Miho Weber. In partnership with the Better Middlebury Partnership. Free!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

  • Cello Master Class Miho Weber will offer a master class for cellists on Thursday afternoon, August 10, 2017 from 2-3:30PM in the Salon at MCMC. 
  • Improv Workshop Community Improv Workshop will be led by Jon Weber on Thursday, August 10, 2017 from 4-5:30 PM in the Salon at MCMC. Registration is open to adults, middle and high school musicians of any instrument. 
  • Informal Right-reading anyone?

Friday, August 11, 2017

  • Private lessons will be available on Friday morning, August 11 at MCMC with Miho Weber and Jon Weber 
  • Welcome and Gathering for Workshop Participants at 2PM
  • Workshop Chamber Music Rehearsals
    • Group A from 2:30-4pm
    • Group B from 4-5:30
  • Optional Informal Sight-reading parties will be arranged for the evening

Saturday, August 12, 2017

  • Workshop Rehearsals from 9:30-11 (Group B)
  • Improv or Injury Prevention Stretch classes from 11-12PM
  • Workshop Rehearsals from 1-2:30PM (Group A)
  • Open Faculty Rehearsal from 3-4PM
  • Optional Informal Sight-Reading from 4-6:30 at the music school
  • Pizza party at 6:30 PM for workshop participants at MCMC!
  • Middlebury Chamber Music Festival Faculty Concert will be at 8PM on Saturday, August 12, 2017 at Saint Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Middlebury, VT and will feature Jon and Miho Weber and MarcOlivia.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

  • String Orchestra Reading Brunch (Bach Brandenburg and more!!) and brunch for Chamber Music Workshop Participants at Twig Farm in Cornwall, VT on Sunday, August 13, 2017 from 10-12.
  • Workshop Chamber Music Rehearsals at MCMC
    • Group A from 1:15-2:45pm
    • Group B from 3-4:30pm
  • Middlebury Chamber Music Festival Concert will be at 5PM on Sunday, August 13, 2017 at Saint Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Middlebury, VT. The concert will feature participants in the Chamber Music Workshop.  The concert will be followed by a reception at MCMC (cheese and beverages). 

2016 Festival Highlights

Looking back at the 2016 festival with fond memories…

Emily Sunderman

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The first ever MCMC Memorial Day Chamber Music Festival is upon us!   Concerts, workshops, and community events comprise our festival.  We have an outstanding guest faculty ready to coach us to high standard with reasonable expectaions!

Below is the schedule and links to music parts for the coached groups. Area musicians and the curious: you are very welcome to come observe coaching and sight-reading sessions, play at the Friday evening party and attend the concert on Sunday evening!

Schedule

Friday, May 27, 2016 

Private lessons with coaches will be available on Friday morning and early afternoon!    Lessons are $60 for an hour long lesson paid directly to the coach.  

5:30 PM  Informal Sight Reading Party at Twig Farm in Cornwall, VT.  Set up your pot luck items at…

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