Prelude Chamber Music Camp & Festival 2020

June 14th – 20th

We will open our camp week on Sunday, June 14, 2020, at the Riverside Park United Methodist Church in Jacksonville, Florida, with an open house. The main coaching center of camp will be Riverside Park United Methodist Church in Jacksonville, Florida (June 15-19), followed by weekend concert (June 20). This is an incredible opportunity for students to learn from outstanding music professionals and teachers.

At Prelude Chamber Music Camp, you’ll study and rehearse as part of a small ensemble and with our dedicated coaches and teachers. You’ll also get a chance to explore new areas through elective break-outs and enjoy daily special events. After all your hard work, you’ll perform as an ensemble in concerts for friends, family and our community at the end of the week. You can come with your own pre-formed ensemble or we’ll create one for you. We accept all levels of musicians and ages.

Many of our coaches are also members of the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra along with special guest musicians and instructors, who are invited to town to teach master classes on intensive topics such as communication, technique, interpretation, theory, composition and ensemble performance.

In order to organize everyone into tracks and levels that fit his/her current needs and abilities, each student auditions for placement.

Register by May 1st, 2020. 

Placement Auditions will be May 2nd-3rd.

Prelude Chamber Music Concerts Schedule

All concerts free and open to the public. Please invite your friends and family!


Vega Piano Quartet Concert

Thursday, June 18th at 7pm

Friday Musicale, 645 Oak St., Jacksonville, FL 32204



Festival Finale Concert

Saturday, June 20th, 11:00am at Riverside Park United Methodist Church

819 Park St, Jacksonville, FL 32204



Prelude Chamber Music Camp Week

Sun., June 14th, Open House will be held at Riverside Park United Methodist Church, 819 Park ST., Jacksonville, FL 32204.

Mon., June 15th – Fri., June 19th: Riverside Park United Methodist Church, 819 Park St, Jacksonville, FL 32204. All participants need to arrive and check-in at 8:45am. The daily schedule begins at 9am for everyone.  Primary group pick up at 1pm; Prelude and Intensive groups dismiss at 5pm daily.

Sat., June 20th, Student Finale Concert: Student Performance at Riverside Park United Methodist Church. Concert begins at 11:00am.

Sat., June 20th, Outreach Concerts: Some Prelude and All Intensive Groups Participate. Locations and times to be published at a later date.


Placement Auditions will be held May 2nd and 3rd at Hendricks Ave Baptist Church. More information at Note: All Prelude and Intensive Track registrants must audition for placement.                 

Primary Track applicants are not required to participate in placement auditions. You may audition solo or with your pre-formed group.

Each person must register and pay the deposit before placement auditions.


Camp Benefits

Outstanding experienced faculty

4:1 (participant to coach) ratio

Structured and exploratory learning opportunities

Students may organize their own small ensemble or be assigned to an ensemble by our faculty who listens to a placement audition

Centrally located and convenient to our whole community

Provides opportunities to explore other aspects of music-making in our electives programs; Sign up for electives at placement audition

Performance opportunities for all participants during and after the festival sessions.

Partial and Full scholarships available by written request and review with camp application.

Camp Hours: 

  • Primary hours: 9am – 1pm Mon – Fri at Riverside Park United Methodist Church; Recital on Saturday, June 20th, 11:00 am at Riverside Park United Methodist Church.
  • Prelude hours: 9am – 5pm daily Mon – Fri at Riverside Park United Methodist Church; Recital on Saturday, June 20th, 11:00 am at Riverside Park United Methodist Church.
  • Intensive hours: 9am – 5pm daily Mon – Fri at Riverside Park United Methodist Church; Recital on Saturday, June 20th, 11:00 am at Riverside Park United Methodist Church.

Pricing and Tuition:

  • Primary Track: $375 / week
  • Prelude Track: $500 / week
  • Intensive Track: $500 / week
  • Registration and $75 Deposit due by April 1st (for Prelude and Intensive)
  • Registration and $75 Deposit due by April 30th (for Primary)
  • Full-tuition due by June 1st
  • Need-based tuition assistance available. Please complete the financial assistance form for consideration.

Our History

Welcome to our 18th season of Prelude Chamber Music Camp & Festival in Jacksonville, Florida, where we’ve been teaching kids and adults the joy of chamber music since 2002.  Started by a Jacksonville Symphony violinist Jeanne Majors,  and two colleagues, Chris Chappell and Vernon Humbert, the strings chamber music camp has become an annual labor of love for Jeanne and the many musicians who teach at the camp each summer.

Prelude Chamber Music Camp & Festival is open every June to strings students of all ages and to musicians of all levels of proficiency.  Each year about 60 – 100 students participate in the summer camp and festival, and many receive generous scholarships provided by our donors.  Prelude’s alumni grow up with a greater appreciation for classical music, team work, and self-discipline. Some continue to pursue professional musical careers.

From beginners to master musicians, different tracks of small ensembles (usually 3-4 in an ensemble) are organized based on the participant registration, the instrument mix, skills, performance experience, maturity and other important small-ensemble considerations. Whether you have a pre-formed ensemble or want to be placed, there’s always a spot for you. Complementary small ensembles are carefully chosen by our organizers.

Each year funds are raised to foster outreach programs and to bring in more students who otherwise would not have had the means or the opportunity to experience music education in this inviting and well-organized environment that encourages students to move beyond current abilities and demonstrate their best.

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