Chamber Music Guild began in 2000 under its original name, Chamber Music Madness, founded by Karen Iglitzin, violinist and educator, formerly with the Philadelphia String Quartet. The original program was a weekly three hour workshop, where students developed sight-reading skills through chamber music, with coachings and a surprise “Mystery Hour.” Since this beginning, the organization has embodied the spirit of creativity, fun, and individual expression within a variety of workshops for youth, such as Mini-Madness, Beyond Madness, Ultimate Madness, and Camp Nirvana.
Over time, we have broadened our chamber music roots and grown by adding a summer festival and in-school coaching program for youth, workshops for both youth and adults, a weekend retreat for adults, and a podcast for all who enjoy performing and listening to chamber music.
In 2015, Skyros Quartet was hired to innovate an in-school chamber music program. This collaboration between Skyros and Chamber Music Guild eventually led to the quartet’s current role as Artistic Director of all our programs. Chamber Music Guild continues to grow under the direction of Skyros Quartet, and holds a unique position in the Pacific Northwest as a provider of programs featuring intensive coaching, sight-reading, and performance opportunities for youth and adults.
Chamber Music Guild is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation in Seattle, Washington. Federal Tax ID 91-2130303.