Summer Student Festival

July 10 – 15, 2023

Registration Closed

Summer Student FestivalThe Summer Student Festival, formerly known as Tuned In!, presents students with a unique opportunity to explore chamber music by working with a professional string quartet. Directed by Skyros Quartet, the festival is an incomparable week-long musical learning experience for middle school, high school, and college students.

Chamber Music

Exploring and learning through chamber music is an essential part of musical growth, and is the heart of our Summer Student Festival. Students are assigned to small ensembles, based on their application materials and audition video. Each ensemble should be prepared to play for several hours each day. Ensembles receive multiple daily coachings from members of Skyros Quartet, in addition to time spent practicing and in self-led rehearsals. Performance opportunities include masterclasses, including one with a guest artist from the Seattle Chamber Music Society, and the week culminates with student performances on July 16th.

Structured Curriculum

Artistic Director and Summer Student Festival coaches Skyros Quartet are dedicated to nurturing individual technical and artistic skills through an organized chamber music curriculum. Daily musicianship classes led by Skyros Quartet are a big part of the week, where students explore a wide variety of topics, from musical cryptograms to performance techniques to yoga for musicians. The curriculum’s design enables each participant to develop their individual expressive skills, and to learn and practice techniques for communication and collaboration in group settings.


Skyros Quartet will perform a short recital on Tuesday, July 12 at 5:00 pm. Parents and family members are welcome to join us for this event. Summer Student Festival participants will also receive a ticket to a Seattle Chamber Music Society concert, which everyone will attend together at Benaroya Hall.

Theater Arts

The Summer Student Festival curriculum is rooted in the intersection of expression and music. We are thrilled to welcome Natalie Gress, who will lead a daily theater arts session with all students. These classes are always so much fun, and help students explore expression and character development (critical aspects of chamber music) through a non-musical medium.


Intermediate- and advanced-level violin, viola, cello, string bass, and piano students ages 13-24 are eligible for enrollment.
A recorded video audition is required for all students to facilitate placement in an appropriate ensemble. Students should prepare a two- or three-octave scale and a solo piece of their choice (approximately two-four minutes) . Please send an email or call us if you have any questions about eligibility or the placement audition.


Skyros Quartet directs and coaches the Summer Student Festival. Participants greatly benefit from learning the art of ensemble playing from a professional string quartet. Natalie Gress joins this year to coach the daily theater arts classes.

Skyros Quartet

Natalie Gress

Program Info





Chamber Music Guild aspires to reduce barriers to participation, including financial barriers. We are eager to recruit students from underserved and underrepresented communities. Tuition assistance, and in some cases, transportation assistance are available. Awards are based on income and need criteria, without discrimination due to race, ethnicity, religion or sexual orientation. Interested families should complete the Tuition Assistance Request Form and submit it along with the registration form. (Please note that Early Bird and Bring a Friend Tuition Discounts do not apply if tuition assistance is awarded)

Fill out the application for Tuition Assistance

2022 Key Dates

April 15 – Early Bird Registration and payment of $100 non-refundable deposit due

June 1 – Tuition Assistance application due (award notification by June 15)

June 15 – Last day for Registration and full tuition payment

June 20 – Placement audition video due (for all students)

June 15 – Final payment due

COVID-19 Safety Protocol

All participants and guests must be fully vaccinated for Covid-19 at least two (2) weeks prior to the Festival. Our requirement includes both a primary vaccine series AND a booster dose. Chamber Music Madness will follow the Washington State Department of Health Covid-19 guidelines in effect for King County. Recommended preventive measures may include mask-wearing, frequent hand-washing, and maintaining social distance.

For additional information, please see the FAQ page.

“The coaching my daughter received gave her an opportunity to extend herself outside of her comfort zone to a challenge she benefited from.”

Parent of Festival Participant

“I love how we got to do a wide range of things (theatre arts, yoga, etc.) … it’s made it more than just a music camp because we learned so much.”

Festival Participant

“Giving student musicians the opportunity to focus in-depth on chamber music during their summer break is an invaluable step in the life of any musician and teaches valuable life skills as well.”

Rachel Ciprotti, former Director of Education and Operations, Seattle Chamber Music Society

Past Festivals

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Summer Student Festival Photos