Prelude Chamber Music Camp & Festival 2023
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 enjoy daily special events and concerts.
After all your hard work, you’ll perform with your ensemble in concerts for friends, family and our community at the end of the week. You can come to Prelude Chamber Music Camp with your own pre-formed ensemble or we’ll create one for you. We accept all levels of musicians.
Daily concerts are at Noon and are also open to the public. See Concerts 2023 for a list of concerts, dates and times.
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.
Each student needs to audition for placement, in order to organize everyone into small groups that fit his/her current needs and abilities, as well as complementary instrumentation.
Placement Auditions require video submissions. See how to prepare and submit your audition for placement.
More information at preludechambermusic.org/placement-auditions. Note: All registrants must audition for placement. You may audition solo or with your pre-formed group.
Each person must register and pay the deposit before placement auditions.
Prelude Chamber Music Camp Week
June 19-24, 2023
M-F 9am – 1pm EST (Primary/Foundation groups)
M-F 9am – 3pm EST (Prelude/Intermediate and Intensive/Advanced groups)
Saturday Showcase Performances 11am EST
M-F 9am – 3pm EST (Prelude Spirit Adults groups All Day)
M-F 9am-1pm EST (Prelude Spirit Adults groups AM session)
M-F 11am – 3pm EST (Prelude Spirit Adults groups PM session)
Saturday Showcase Performances 11am EST
Pricing and Tuition:
$400 / week Primary/ Foundation/ Spirit/ Half day
$500 / week Prelude Intermediate/Advanced/Intensive/Spirit Full day
Registration $100 Deposit
Need and merit-based tuition assistance available. Please complete the financial assistance form for consideration.
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.
Performance opportunities for all participants during and after the festival sessions.
Partial and Full scholarships available by written request and review with camp application.
Welcome to our 21st 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, this 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 summer to strings students and other chamber musicians of all ages and levels of proficiency. Each year 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 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.