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.