Learning isn’t just for children. In fact, says Amy Dennison, assistant dean for CCM’s Preparatory Department
, adults sometimes have an easier time learning than children do because of their enthusiasm and free will.
“Our prep department serves performers anywhere from ages three to 84,” Dennison says. “And most of our faculty love working with adults because they’re excited and want to be there.”
This September, the staff from CCM Prep and musicians from the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
(CSO) plan to give amateur adult musicians opportunities to work with one another, work with professionals and share their music with the community by organizing CCM Prep’s first Adult Chamber Music Weekend.
The weekend, which is designed to expose amateur musicians to professional coaching, will include group rehearsals, guidance from Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra musicians, breakfast, lunch and a final performance in the CCM village.
The staff from CCM is now accepting online applications for the program. The form asks applicants to detail their musical capabilities as well as what instruments they play. Applications for the program, which costs $125 per person, will be accepted until Sept. 8.
Then, based on their musical capabilities, the musicians will be put into groups of three to four.
Participants will practice and perform within their chamber groups for the duration of the weekend. Staff at the CCM Prep Department will choose music for the final performances, and professionals from the CSO will coach the players along the way.
The final performance, which will be free and open to the public, is scheduled for Sept. 29.
Dennison says that the weekend will be a wonderful way for the community to engage in the arts. The small, intimate groups will give musicians the chance to share their passions with like-minded people.
“Our main goal is to provide opportunities for people of all ages and abilities,” Dennison says. “I strongly believe that everyone in the community should have access to the arts, regardless of their talents or abilities. It just gives people a sense of fulfillment and joy.”
• View CCM Prep Department’s class offerings
• Attend the final performance Sept. 29.
• Check out the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra’s fall schedule
By Jen Saltsman
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