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String Chamber Music Intensive

June 15-18, 2024

Violinists performing in Bloch Hall

The West Virginia University String Chamber Music Intensive will  be held on WVU’s campus June 15-18, 2024. During this four-day intensive,  students will be assigned to a chamber music group to learn  a work of chamber music, culminating in a public performance.  Each day will include several hours of coaching with WVU’s string faculty,  rehearsal and practice time. Additional activities include guest artist  and facult y performances, masterclasses and social activities.   

How to Apply

Application deadline extended!


New deadline: May 1, 2024


Tuition: $350

On-campus Housing (four nights including meal plan*): 

All Housing payments are made directly to WVU Housing at the dormitories upon arrival. Check-in afternoon of June 15/check-out morning of June 19. 

*Meal plan is required and includes 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 3 dinners


Mary Grace Johnson, violin

Andrea Houde, viola

Erin Ellis, cello

Andrew Kohn, bass

Guest Artist: Annie Fullard, Cavani Quartet

Sample Daily Schedule:

9-11 am Rehearsals/coaching/practice time

11am-1 pm Lunch 

1-3 pm Rehearsals/coaching/practice time

3-5 pm Rehearsals/coaching/practice time 

5-7pm Dinner 

7:00 Masterclass/Faculty Performance

8:00 Social activity (board game night, movie night etc.)


What is chamber music?

Chamber music is music played by small ensembles without a conductor, one person to a part (traditionally a group small enough that they could fit in a “chamber” or parlor room). Every part matters equally in chamber music, and the group must work together to make musical decisions for a successful performance. Chamber music teaches us not only musical skills, but also how to function in a group and develop interpersonal relationships, vital skills for any profession!  

What ages/levels are accepted?

We encourage applications from undergraduate and graduate music students, high school students entering 9th grade and above, professionals and adult amateurs. Instruments considered for 2024 include violin, viola, cello and bass. Students will be placed in groups with others of similar ages and playing ability. We will consider all levels of applicants, but placement in a group is contingent upon finding suitable chamber music partners. Younger students may be considered on a case-by-base basis and must be accompanied by an adult. 

How do I apply?

Submit the application form at the link above. Within the application form, you will be asked to submit a link to a recording. This recording should be an accurate representation of your current playing level so that you can be placed in a group with others with similar levels of experience. Suggested repertoire includes concertos, solo pieces, etudes, prior chamber music recordings etc. 

Can I apply as part of pre-formed group?

Yes! We encourage pre-formed groups. As part of your application, you will be asked to name the other members of the group. Every member of the group will need to apply separately. At least one member of the group should submit a representative recording of the group. 

Are there scholarships available?

Limited partial tuition scholarships are available for students for whom the cost of attendance is prohibitive. Please contact for the scholarship application form.

Is on-campus housing available? 
On campus housing is available upon request. Single and double occupancy rooms are available. Payments will be made directly to WVU housing upon arrival. Mealplan is required if staying in campus housing. A $10 parking fee also applies if bringing a car to campus. 

Do I have to stay on campus?
Participants are free to make their own housing arrangements separately if they wish (please indicate this on the application). There are many options in Morgantown including hotels and Airbnb. Students under the age of 18 must stay in campus housing unless accompanied by an adult.