JCM selects and assigns students to small chamber groups, of 2-5 players each, according to their level of playing, age, and location. During this selection process, JCM makes every effort to accommodate reasonable requests from teachers and students regarding particular team members, repertoire, and coach assignments. In the event JCM is unable to find a suitable match, the student will be placed on the Waiting List.
The JCM season begins with auditions held in late September / early October, and culminates with a Final Concert in late March/early April.
During the season, each duo receives 6 coaching sessions while trios and larger ensembles receive 8 coaching sessions at their Coach’s studio. Due to the nature of small chamber groups, there is flexibility with scheduling to accommodate each student’s other studies and activities. In addition to coaching sessions, groups generally rehearse weekly for about one hour, and usually pick the most centrally located homes for rehearsals. Each season, JCM offers master classes, workshops, competitions, retreats and several performance opportunities for students of all levels.
JCM is open to instrumentalists and vocalists, age 8-20 (collegiate groups may enter with pre-formed JCM groups only). Our levels range from upper intermediate to very advanced. Advanced players are encouraged to audition for the Honors Concert. Consideration for Debut Artists is open to high school players only with several years of chamber music experience.
$590 covers all coaching sessions, Chamber Music Orientation, and the Final Concert. Tuition also includes the following optional opportunities:
Master Classes – Attendance highly recommended. Performers chosen by audition.
Chamber Music Workshops – Open to everyone
JCM–Student Service Alliance – Student driven program to perform in beautiful retirement homes for performance experience and 5 community service hours. Performances are available to all students. Student leadership positions are available through interview.
Debut Artists Program – Highly competitive opportunities that are awarded by audition only. Participation in these programs is free for the students, made available through scholarships from JCM.
Location of Events
Due to the size of Southern California, we have 5 distinct branches: Conejo Valley, Inland Empire, Los Angeles, LA Coast, and Orange County. JCM holds separate auditions, orientations, master classes and concerts in each of these areas for greater convenience. Please check your area branch for exact event dates.
The online application form and application fee must be received 48 hours before the audition day. Once you have completed your form and paid the application fee, you will receive an Audition time. Please contact us if you are registering late, as there may still be vacancies after auditions.
Audition Repertoire Requirements
Two contrasting pieces (or movements) or one major work that demonstrates the technical and musical range of the applicant. Piano accompaniment is not required. Applicants may be asked to sight-read at the audition.