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While coronavirus has put a temporary pause on many music ensembles, it has helped us all realize how important music is in our everyday lives. Chamber music provides musical opportunities that are essential to the development of young musicians. With small groups (only 2-4 students) and the help of technological solutions, JCM is excited to provide ensemble music-making experiences while adhering to social distancing to keep students safe.
NEW: 2020-2021 Season “COVID Strategy”
Online Auditions will be split into 2 parts:
YouTube submission (due Sept. 30): All applicants will upload a YouTube performance when they apply.
Students can submit 1-2 YouTube selections that best represents his/her range as a player. This would include current level of musical phrasing and current technical level so the directors can best choose appropriate repertoire and matching ensemble members.
Zoom interview (Oct. 3-4 and 10-11): All applicants will then select a short 8 minute online interview time to meet with the directors and discuss repertoire, group members, and coach selections. At this time, directors will ask a variety of questions regarding COVID to help them match groups in the most optimal way. We ask that a parent attend this meeting to help answer certain logistical questions.
Online Orientations (Oct. 24-25): All applications will receive a Zoom invitation to an Orientation with their branch directors and team members. Directors will explain all of the aspects of the program and answer questions. Individual groups will then meet in separate meetings to meet their members and discuss their strategy and goals.
Early coachings (in December/January) can be online or in person, depending on the group/coach comfortability. Online coachings will entail members all have mastered their parts before the groups meet together to save time in rehearsals. Each student will perform their part separately for the coach and members. The coach will help each member as well as discuss the score and how their parts work together. In-person sessions will not be necessary until late January.
2021 (Jan-Mar) Coachings will all be done with social distancing and masks. Local venues will be available for rehearsing and coachings for an extra charge as needed.
Workshops and Master Classes will be done via Zoom with internationally renowned music professors from our International Honors Tours (one benefit of online learning!).
The Final Concert will either be a Mini-Concert (each group performs separately for their family,friends, and videographer) or a regular Final Concert, depending on how the virus progresses.
JCM Faculty Concert
Congratulations to our Season 2018-19 Debut Artists!
JCM Musician Chunyi Zhou To Perform on "From the Top"
Congratulations to Chunyi Zhou, a 12-yr. old JCM musician and student of Linda Rose, on being selected as the violinist to perform a solo with the Los Angeles Philharmonic on “From the Top” (a NPR program).
The performance will be held March 8 & 9, with the broadcast at a later date.
2018 Debut Artists
JCM students Sarah Yang, left, Anna B’Far, center, and Eiline Tai, right, on cello, all nine-years-old, play a piece at Lyceum Village in Tustin on Friday, January 5, 2018.
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JCM on OC Register: Musicians Take Teamwork to a New Level
Eighty-five young musicians appeared before three professional performing artists last weekend during the 12th annual Junior Chamber Music auditions. One by one they played two pieces of music to demonstrate their skill range and to help the adjudicators find a spot for them in the elite music training program.
“I remember when I walked in (for my first audition), I was extremely nervous,” said Amber Correa, 14, who auditioned five years ago. “I expected to see stone cold faces, but instead there was nothing but smiling faces, and I knew these people were going to be supportive no matter how I played.”