Junior Chamber Music (JCM) provides professional chamber music experience to talented young musicians (instrumentalists and vocalists, ages 9-20) in Southern California. The program started in 2003 under the belief that one of the most powerful ways to learn and experience music is through teamwork. The participants, chosen from annual auditions, are matched into small groups of two to five people according to their age, level and location. The groups receive coachings from JCM’s roster of world-class musicians in the area and participate in various workshops, tours and concerts. Working in duos, trios, quartets, and quintets have timely benefits to the young performers that blossom in this type of intimate group setting. At a stage of life when peer influence is so powerful, chamber music provides the perfect opportunity for positive peer group dynamics, allowing a safe outlet for artistic exploration, creativity and expression. JCM connects young lives together based on the common interest of their love for music.
2003 - The Junior Chamber Music program began when Dr. M’lou Dietzer of the Music Teacher’s Association Branch of Irvine approached Dr. Susan Boettger. JCM developed from this venture.
2005 - LA Branch founded by Dr. Christopher Weldon.
2007 - Conejo Valley Branch founded by Elise Goodman.
2010 - Feb 27 - JCM is featured by Kimberly Daggy on K-USC. Hear the interview below.
2010 - April - JCM’s inaugural tour to New York tour was a life-changing experience for many young musicians. Students performed at Carnegie Weill Recital to a full house and were able to visit the Juilliard School. Read our New York Concert Review here.
2012 - JCM’s Salzburg Tour was an amazing experience for all involved. Highlights of the tour included masterclasses and tour at the Mozarteum, two fundraiser concerts, tour of a private estate where Mozart visited, Mad King Ludwig’s castle, and more. To view pictures from the Salzburg Tour, please go to our album page or slideshow which is also seen below.
2013 - 10 Year Celebration! JCM forms a collaboration with USC for a new JCM Chamber Competition. Winners will perform at LACMA on Sundays Live at KUSC. JCM also officially joins forces with the Pacific Symphony Youth Ensembles to coordinate the Opus 321 Chamber Music Program.
2014 - Honors Tour to (Talinn) Estonia, (Helsinki) Finland, and (St. Petersburg) Russia. Beginning of the Debut Artists program.
2015 - Debut Artists create music videos and work with Anderson & Roe to discuss how to script videos.
2016 - Honors Tour to Boston and New York. Students study with faculty from New England Conservatory, the Longy School, and The Juilliard School.
2018 - Honors Tour to (Prague) Czech Republic, (Vienna) Austria, and (Budapest) Hungary. JCM perform a benefit concert fo Superar in Vienna.
2019 - Music in the Mountains tour canceled due to torrential rains washing out the bridge to Idyllwild.
2020 - Music in the Mountains Tour in February a huge success. However, all final concerts and the Honors Tour to Korea canceled by the COVID-19. In the Fall, JCM moves to online auditions / orientation to keep the chamber music strong!