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CMC Instrument Ensembles

Grades 6-12, NYSSMA Level 3+ or the equivalent
Open to piano, strings, woodwinds, brass, and percussion.

Audition Requirements: Applicants will be asked to submit a short video of their playing to ensure best possible group placement. (See below on how to apply.)

Instrument-specific ensembles are formed of players of compatible ages and abilities, as permitted from the pool of applicants to the Chamber Music Connection Program. Possible options include:

  • Clarinet Choir
  • Flute Choir
  • Trombone Choir
  • Cello Ensemble
  • Violin Ensemble
  • Percussion Ensemble
  • 8-hand Piano Ensemble

Students participating in these ensembles improve both individual and sectional playing techniques and get to explore a wide range of repertoire. Groups meet for weekly one-hour coaching sessions scheduled at a time mutually agreeable among ensemble members and the coach.

As part of CMC, Instrument Ensembles are provided many performance opportunities throughout the year with concerts at Hochstein and in the community.

FEE: $20 registration fee; $648* yearly tuition payable in quarterly installments of $162 each. For students enrolled in individual lessons at Hochstein, yearly tuition is $540 payable in quarterly installments of $135. (Fees are as of Fall 2023.)

If you have questions about Hochstein's Chamber Music Connection program, please contact us at chamber@hochstein.org or by calling 585.454.4596. Thank you!


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CMC Scholarship Ensembles

Based on individual placement auditions or prior participation in CMC, NYSSMA level 6+ students may be selected for a CMC Scholarship Ensemble or Scholarship Instrument Ensemble.

Students in these high-level ensembles receive merit scholarships and must meet performance requirements throughout the year. Upon confirmation, scholarship students will receive specific registration information and curriculum requirements. Participants pay a Scholarship Ensemble fee of $125. (Fee as of Fall 2023)

CMC Application Information
The Hochstein Orchestra and Chamber Music Programs are supported in part by the Louise Alfreda Hill Memorial Fund.

Hochstein's Chamber Music programs have  been made possible, in part, with support from
ACMP Associated Chamber Music Players.


Hochstein programs are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of
the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.