Founded in 2012, The Woodlands ChamberFest is a summer music camp dedicated to teaching communication, collaboration and leadership through chamber music. We introduce middle- to high-school age students to the experience of rehearsals and performances in a small ensemble while enhancing their individual technique and musicality through coachings and private lessons. ChamberFest provides a rewarding musical experience to inspire students to continue their musical studies and further explore the diverse and significant role that artists have within a community.
"Chamber music" refers to music written for a small number of instruments (usually three to eight players) which traditionally would be performed in a "chamber", a small room with an intimate atmosphere. Chamber music requires different skills from solo or orchestral playing. Without a conductor, this kind of ensemble requires social skills, for the musicians must rehearse themselves and use the music as a way of conversing.
See below an example of a professional string quartet, the Attacca Quartet who was our faculty in residence in 2015.