Chamber Music Workshop June 26-28, 2020

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The Middlebury Chamber Music Workshop will celebrate its 6th year in 2020.  Workshop dates will be from June 26-28, 2020.  The workshop will be held at the Middlebury Community Music Center. Adult and teen amateurs gather to play quartets coached by visiting professional artist-teachers.  Each participant is assigned to two groups. The repertoire is assigned in advanced and prepared individually by participants then polished with the assistance of a professional chamber music coach.  Visiting coaches and participants are hosted by local participants or stay in local hotels or AirBnBs.

Friday, June 26, 2020

  • 4:00 – 6:00 PM – First look: groups gather to read and rehearse repertoire at the music school
  • 6:30 PM – potluck dinner and faculty house concert

Saturday, June 27, 2020

  • 10:30 AM – coached session
  • 12:00 PM – lunch break
  • 1:00 PM – coached session
  • 2:30 PM – break
  • 4:00 PM – chamber orchestra sight-reading party. This year we will feature MarcOlivia and the Stamitz Double Concerto!

Sunday, June 28, 2020

  • 10:30 AM – coached session
  • 12:00 PM – lunch break
  • 1:00 PM – coached session
  • 4:00 PM – participant concert

Registration Link: Chamber Workshop Registration


Chamber Music Festival Workshop Schedule 2019

36460247_1967973989889261_8809657997807583232_oThe Middlebury Chamber Music Festival returns for its fifth year in Middlebury, Vermont from June 28-30, 2019.

The focus of this year’s festival is a quartet workshop for adult amateur string players and pianists taught by visiting artists, Miho Zaitsu (cello), Jonathan Weber (violin and viola), Marc Ramirez (violin and viola) and Olivia Hajioff (violin and viola).

The festival hosts will be the Middlebury Community Music Center ( and the Middlebury Congregational Church, located across the street from the music center.

There will be two opportunities to sightread with our coaches, on Friday evening we will all gather to read chamber orchestra repertoire and then on Saturday afternoon in small ensembles.   Our coaches will offer an intimate open rehearsal performance for participants and their friends and families on Saturday evening.


Friday, June 28, 2019

  • 4 – 6 PM Welcome and chamber orchestra reading at Unity Hall. Coaches and workshop participants sight read Baroque and Classical chamber orchestra pieces. Jon Weber Conducts. Bring a stand and *Cellists, bring a rock-stop as the floor is slippery polished stone. Unity Hall (part of the Congregational Church), 2 Main St, Middlebury, VT 05753.  Here is the link to parts to print!:  String Orchestra Reading Party Repertoire
  • 6:30-8 Potluck at Joy’s house Details coming soon!

Saturday, June 29

  • 2:30 – 4:00 PM Sightreading Sessions at MCMC (Participants will sightread chamber music with coaches).
    • Jon Weber with Barron, Liz, Linda, and Joy in Salon
    • Marc Ramirez with Tom, Jeris, Camila Carter, and Carol in Sarabande
    • Miho with Christian, Peter, Katie, Ping, Celia in Basement
    • Olivia with Kathleen, Becky, Erin, and Emily in Minuet
  • 7:30PM Chamber Music Concert featuring our coaches at Unity Hall

Sunday, June 30

  • 10 – 12 AM Group 1 Coached Rehearsal at MCMC
  • 1 – 3 PM – Group 2 Coached Rehearsal at MCMC
  • 5 PM – Workshop Participant Concert at Unity Hall

2018 Middlebury Chamber Music Workshop Schedule

Participant Schedule:   Friday afternoon, June 29, 2018 – Monday, July 2, 2018.   Coached chamber music sessions will be held at the Middlebury Community Music School (6 Main Street, Middlebury, VT)

Friday, June 29, 2018

  • Private lessons with Miho and Jon will be available on Friday before the workshop starts.
  • 4:00 Arrival party
  • 4:30-5:15 PM 1st groups coached chamber music session
  • 5:15-6:00: PM 2nd groups coached chamber music session
  • 6:00PM Dinner Break Potluck – Cellists:  Beverage, Violists: Salads, Violinists: Appetizer, Casserole, or Protein, Pianists:  Linda: Cups and Plates / Becky: Plastic Silverware and Napkins
  • 7:00PM Chamber orchestra sight-reading session at Unity Hall at the Middlebury Congregational church.   *Cellists, please bring rock-stops as the floor is not end-pin friendly.

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Sunday, July 1, 2018

  • 10:00-noon Community Barn Lecture – Lecture, practical tips, and discussion about Practice with violinist Arturo Delmoni and cellist Peter Sanders
  • 1:00-2:30 1st groups coached chamber music session at MCMC
  • 3:00-4:30 2nd groups coached chamber music session
  • 7PM Chamber Music Concert featuring Olivia Haijoff, Marc Ramirez, Jon Weber, Miho Weber at the Middlebury Unitarian Church

Monday, July 2, 2018

  • 9:30-10:15AM 1st groups coached chamber music session
  • 10:30-11:15 2nd groups coached chamber music session
  • 12:15PM Workshop Participant recital at Unity Hall

Packing List:

If you are coming from out of town, here is a packing list!

  • Music parts with measure numbers
  • Scores for the pieces you are playing
  • Comfortable casual rehearsing attire
  • Bathing suit (why not!)
  • Fabulous concert outfit!  (why not!)
  • Questions for Arturo and Peter for Sunday morning
  • Music stand, rock stop
  • Extra strings
  • Please comment if I’m leaving anything out!


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


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!


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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