The Areon Chamber Music Institute, now in its 12th season, offers a tailor-made experience for musicians of all ages, interest, training, and ability: from the highly motivated, competitive player to those who just want to have fun. It's a low time commitment and high reward program for students of all levels!  

Apply here for the 2016-2017 Sessions!

Chamber Music skills differ from those used in large ensembles primarily because there is only one person per part. This distinctiveness helps students develop, define, and refine leadership and management skills while raising their playing standards. ACMI Alumni have won several national, regional, and California state competitions, including the National Flute Association High School Soloist Competition, MTAC's VOCE Intermediate and Senior Chamber Music Competition, and MTNA Senior Soloist Competition. They've held positions in San Francisco Youth Symphony, California Youth Symphony, El Camino Youth Symphony, and San Jose Youth Symphony, National Flute Association High School Flute Choir Competition, and they have been accepted to top-ranked universities across the nation. 

New this year!  Three options for participation:

    Students who would like to compete in any competition (e.g. VOCE Chamber Music Competition, CMEA Chamber Music Competition, or ABRSM Chamber Music Certificate). This is an intense and fun session to work towards preparing pieces to a competitive standard.
    Students who would like to gain experience and chamber music skills.  Recital is required.
    Students under 12 years old who have limited or no chamber music experience are welcome. In this "bootcamp" setting, students will learn basic chamber music skills, basic stage presence, how to rehearse, tune, and listen to other parts while playing their own part, as well as how to move/communicate while playing. Students will not compete, but will work on a short piece to perform in the recital.
For Options 1 & 2:

SATURDAYS * January * West Valley Music * 12:30-3:30pm
SUNDAYS * January * West Valley Music * 4:00-7:00pm

For Option 3 (chamber music beginners OR students under 12 years old):

SUNDAYS * Chamber Music for Beginners Bootcamp * January * West Valley Music * 12:30-2:30pm

All coachings take place on Saturdays or Sundays at West Valley Music in downtown Mountain View. Attendance is mandatory at all coachings; no make-up sessions will be offered. Projected mandatory recital date is February 4, 2017.

Tuition per Session:
$240 (Saturday students)
$180 (Sunday students)
$160 (Chamber Music for Beginners Bootcamp students)

Audition Fee: $30 (mandatory for all students)
Sheet music, competition, and audition fees are separate from tuition fees.

Audition Day:
12/3/16 at West Valley Music

If you are unavailable for this date, please contact:

Audition Requirements:
Prepare a piece that demonstrates your level of proficiency. Major and minor scales as well as sight-reading will be asked.

Winter 2017 Session Application Deadline:

The Spring Session takes place in March and is only for established groups for CMEA preparation and groups that advance to VOCE state competition.