Participation is open to students studying privately in the Michael P. Hammond Preparatory Program as well as other pre-college students in the Houston and surrounding communities. Students participating in these groups must have attained a certain level of proficiency and skills. Participation depends upon the availability of other students of compatible age and ability, as well as proper grouping of instruments. Students taking private lessons in the Preparatory Program receive priority in chamber music group placement as well as free tuition for participation in the chamber music program.
Students not taking private lessons in the Preparatory Program may participate in the chamber music for $200 fee per semester. Placement for new students in a chamber music group is done through an audition at the beginning of the fall and spring semesters.
Chamber Music is coordinated through the efforts of Ms. Rose Van der Werff. Chamber music coaches are Brown Scholarship recipients who are graduate students at The Shepherd School of Music.
Chamber music rehearsals are every Saturday mornings for an hour at The Shepherd School of Music for 12 weeks during the fall and spring semesters. Chamber music groups have the opportunity to perform at the end of each semester at a concert at The Shepherd School of Music. Make-up rehearsals are extremely challenging to schedule. Therefore, please do not sign up for chamber music unless the student is ready to make the 12-week Saturday morning hour-long coachings and concert commitment. Groups missing more than 2 coaching sessions per semester may not be permitted to perform at the Prep Chamber Music Concert for the semester and thus may forfeit their performance opportunity as a group. Prep chamber music groups are expected to maintain their groups through fall and spring semesters as they work through repertoire and grow as a group.
Students and familes participating in Prep Chamber Music are subject to the same rules, policies, and procedures as the Prepartory Program private lesson students.