Workshop Description

At the Port Townsend Chamber Music Festival, August 5 – 12, 2007, structured rehearsals and coaching foster an inspirational atmosphere to unleash your artistic potential. All this in one of the West Coast’s most beautiful locations. You’ll play in ensembles divided by skill level. All participants will receive coaching by our outstanding artist faculty. Master classes, reading sessions, special classes, and private instruction are also included. The week’s curriculum is rounded out with daily informal reading sessions with faculty.

The Festival serves:


  • Emerging Professionals
    You have graduated from a college or university within the last three years, and are actively pursuing a career in music.  You’re looking for an opportunity to play chamber music with other strong players and to receive focused coaching from our outstanding artist faculty.
  • College (graduate or undgraduate)
    You are currently enrolled in a college or conservatory, and are seeking additional experience playing chamber music at an advanced level.  Of the four categories, Emerging Professionals and College Students will receive the most intensive coaching.
  • Adult Amateurs
    Music is an important part of your life, but you’re not a professional musician.  You played or studied music in college and possibly beyond, and remain active as a player.  Your colleagues often tell us that spending a week doing nothing but playing music feeds their spirits in a way nothing else can.
  • High School Students
    You’re a motivated player with strong skills on your instrument.  You may or may not have career ambitions as a musician, but are actively studying privately on your instrument.  Adult Amateurs and High School Students may receive part of their coaching from members of our guest graduate ensemble, who will be students from a leading school spending the week as apprentices to the faculty learning, teaching and performing.

Differing levels of ability are expected, and ensembles are formed with this in mind. Individuals—as well as pre-formed ensembles—are encouraged to apply. An audition is required.


  • This track is designed for intermediate and advanced composers who would like to receive personal instruction from Pulitzer-winning composer Paul Moravec.  It is aimed at composers in college or graduate school as well as serious composers not in school.  Applications will also be considered from talented high school composers.  You need to have a solid grasp of notation, and should have at least a modest portfolio of completed pieces from which to submit an application.  You should bring at least one finished work to the workshop as well as a work-in-progress. 

Tuition for the workshop is $475 ($375 for returning participants who register a new participant at the same time that they register), and includes admission to all festival events. Room and board options range from $200 to $385.