Weekend Retreat

September 15-18, 2022

Wait List Registration Only

There is no deposit or payment required to join the wait list.

Adult Weekend RetreatThe 12th annual Weekend Retreat will be September 15-18, 2022. Each chamber ensemble will enjoy a weekend of camaraderie and inspired music making with professional coaches in the Cascade foothills just outside Leavenworth, WA, a 2- to 3-hour drive from Seattle. The Icicle Creek Center for the Arts is a picturesque retreat with a performance hall, practice huts and cabins. For this popular event, each ensemble chooses its own music selection and works together through the weekend coaching sessions, culminating in a final participant performance on Sunday afternoon.

The Retreat starts Thursday evening with a reception and socializing, an initial rehearsal without a coach, then informal ad-hoc playing. Intensive coaching begins Friday morning and continues through Sunday morning. There is plenty of time for ad-hoc ensembles to form and play together. Participants attend a Saturday evening performance given by our coaches. Departure is immediately after the Sunday participant performance.

This retreat is for amateur adult violin, viola, cello, bass, and piano players of intermediate to advanced skill level. We accept pre-formed ensembles of quartets or quintets, but there are often opportunities to place individual musicians. Tuition includes meals starting Friday morning, snacks during breaks, and coaching fees. Housing is available on a limited basis in 3-person or 4-person modern cabins at the Icicle Creek Center for the Arts. Many participants find lodging at local B&Bs, home rentals and motels in nearby Leavenworth and the Icicle Creek area.


The coaches at the Weekend Retreat are passionate performers and accomplished educators. Their coaching and Saturday evening performance are often cited as the highlights of the weekend. This year’s coaches are:

Cecilia Archuleta, violin

Willie Braun, cello

Charles Enlow, piano

Thane Lewis, viola

Miriam Shames, cello

Brandon Vance, violin

Program Info



Tuition: $565 (Includes meals and $200 non-refundable deposit*)
Optional Shared Cabin: $210
Check in after 3pm Thursday September 15th; Check out by 1pm Sunday September 18th
The 3- or 4-person shared cabins fill quickly!

Make payment online, or send a check to Chamber Music Guild, PO Box 27164, Seattle WA 98165.

Register early for the retreat weekend, and to sign up for housing in one of the Icicle Creek cabins.

Key Dates

March 1, 2022 – Registration opens
May 1, 2022 – Retreat acceptance notices sent
July 1, 2022 – Deadline for registration and tuition payment
August 1, 2022 – Deadline for final payment (including optional cabin fee)

Volunteer Positions

Volunteer positions are available and include a tuition or meal discount. Participants interested in these positions should email the office to request the application form and job descriptions.

COVID-19 Safety Protocol

Chamber Music Guild will follow applicable local and state Covid-19 safety protocols currently in place at the time of the Retreat. This event is for Covid-19 vaccinated adults. Our requirement includes both a primary vaccine series AND a booster dose.

*Deposit will be returned if participant is not accepted into the workshop.

“Relaxed pacing, ample time for breaks and self-practice, beautiful setting.”


“Food was great! Cabins are very nice. Plenty of work sessions with and without coach.”


“The faculty was superb.”


“The concert by the faculty was absolutely amazing!”


“This has now become one of my favorite retreats to attend!”

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