[ Director's Welcome ]

Welcome to Norfolk

Fall 2018

Welcome to the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival!  There is still a buzz of excitement here about the past summer’s concerts, which had amazing performances by our faculty, individual fellows, and our preformed ensembles.  I especially enjoyed watching the faculty and fellows playing together on our Friday evening concerts.  Please become a part of this great summer experience – you can now apply to the programs we offer: the New Music Workshop, the Chamber Music Session, and the Chamber Choir and Choral Conducting Workshop.  It is no exaggeration to say that you will be playing with and learning from the most talented instrumentalists, chamber groups, composers, singers, and choral conductors, along with the peerless faculty that join us.

Regional auditions for the Chamber Music Session will take place this year in New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Houston, and New Haven.  I hope to see and hear you at one of these locations – apply now by clicking the link to the left!

This summer you will have the chance to work with, play alongside, and hear the most exciting and distinguished faculty.  Our quartet in residence, the Brentano quartet, will return for two weeks, along with the Miró and the Emerson quartets.  Joining them will be pianists Gilbert Kalish, André-Michel Schub, Wei-Yi Yang, and Robert Blocker, violinists Ani Kavafian and Martin Beaver, violist Melissa Reardon, cellists Raman Ramakrishnan and Ole Akahoshi, clarinetist David Shifrin, flutist Ransom Wilson, oboists Steven Taylor and James Austin Smith, bassoonist Frank Morelli, hornist William Purvis, trumpeter Allan Dean, and trombonist Scott Hartman.  As you can see, this is a star studded group, one dedicated to ensuring an intense and inspiring summer of chamber music!

We hope you will join us this summer – the combination of great friends, great music, and beautiful surroundings is a special one that has inspired musicians and audiences for more than 75 years.

Melvin Chen,