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

Chamber Music Repertoire 2019

Each workshop participant is placed in two groups and will study movements of a chamber music works.  Players learn the notes and rhythms, number the measures (starting at 1 at each movement), and listen to recordings before the coaching weekend.  With this practice preparation, when the group assembles, the coaches work to help the players form the ensemble and negotiate interpretations.

Groups One:

Groups Two

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.

2018 Chamber Music Workshop Repertoire

2018 performers - 1.jpgThe program for the 2018 Middlebury Chamber Music Workshop will include works by Mozart, Glazunov, Dvorak, Shostakovich, Schubert, Boccherini, and Mahler!

An open rehearsal by participants in the Middlebury Music Festival Chamber Music Workshop will be held the last day of the festival.   
Middlebury, VT | Unity Hall at the Middlebury Congregational church
Monday, July 2, 2018 from 12:15 PM – 1:00 PM (EDT)

MOZART PIANO QUARTET in G Minor – Rondo (3rd movement) – Linda (piano), Emily (violin), Erin (viola), Mellen (Cello), Jon Weber (coach)

MOZART String Quartet No. 14 in G Major, K. 387 – Andante cantabile – Jerry (violin 1), Susan (violin 2), Carol (viola), Tom (cello), Miho Weber (coach)

GLAZUNOV String Quintet – Scherzo Movement – Shirley (violin 1), Ping (violin 2), Joy (viola), Liz (cello 1), Chuck (cello 2),  Olivia Haijoff (coach)

SHOSTAKOVICH Piano Trio 1 – C Minor (still under copyright – no imslp link) – Becky (piano), Celia (violin), Christian (cello), Marc (coach)

SCHUBERT String Trio D.471 – Ping (violin), Joy (viola), Mellen (cello), Miho Weber (coach)

BOCCHERINI String Quintet Op. 30, No. 6 (g. 324) – La Musica Notturna Di Madrid – Jerry (violin 1), Celia (violin 2), Erin (viola), Christian (cello 1), Tom (cello 2), Jon Weber (coach)

DVORAK Bagatelles opus 47- I Allegretto Scherzando – Linda (piano), Susan (violin 1), Shirley (violin 2), Liz (cello), Marc Ramirez (coach)

MAHLER Piano Quartet – one movement – Becky (piano), Emily (violin), Carol (Viola), Chuck (cello), Olivia Haijoff (coach)

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 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