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About Chamber Music

May 26 - June 3, 2024

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Since 1979, Centrum’s Chamber Music Series has brought some of the most talented musicians and their remarkable instruments to Port Townsend, WA. This year, for Centrum’s 50th anniversary, we featured four of the finest chamber ensembles performing today: the Ying, Dover, American, and Viano string quartets. In addition to presenting performances of the world’s top talents, nurturing the next generations of chamber musicians is central to our mission at Centrum through our weeklong Chamber Music Intensive.

Established in 2015, the Chamber Music Intensive fosters the highest level of training and coaching for pre-professional chamber musicians in community with leading faculty chamber artists. The Intensive serves outstanding emerging, pre-formed ensembles.

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Through a digitally submitable audition process, two ensembles will be invited to a week of rigorous coaching with the world-renowned American String Quartet and Artistic Director Lucinda Carver.  The program is open to string quartets, piano + strings, or strings + wind ensembles.  Each participant is awarded a full scholarship including tuition, travel, accommodations, and meals. Participants will appear in a public masterclass and a performance. Each ensemble will be given a professionally recorded video of their performance for their own promotional use. Participants will also enjoy a demonstration by Ole Kanestrom, one of Port Townsend’s world-renowned bow makers, and a professional development session with the faculty. 

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Lucinda Carver

Artistic Director, Port Townsend Chamber Music Festival

Lucinda was appointed Port Townsend Chamber Music Festival Artistic Director in late 2009. Called “a first rate conductor” by the New York Times, she is active as a conductor / pianist and her orchestral appearances have included the National Symphony, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Pacific Symphony, and Los Angeles Philharmonic. Opera conducting credits include the Minnesota Opera, New York City Opera, and the Lyric Opera of Kansas City.…

Thank you for your interest in the Centrum Port Townsend 2024 Chamber Music Intensive!

We request the following application materials:

  1. Links to videos of two complete movements of contrasting repertoire (YouTube, Vimeo, or Dropbox preferred).
  2. A curriculum vitae of your ensemble or CVs of the individual members if your ensemble has recently been formed.
  3. Contact information for two references who can speak to your qualifications.

Centrum uses the Submittable platform to manage workshop applications. Create a free account to submit your application, or log-in if you already have a Submittable account. If you have questions or need assistance, please contact Program Manager Gwen Franz at, 360-385-3102 x109.

We look forward to learning more about you!


Participants stay on the Fort Worden campus at Reunion House, a two-story apartment building, each apartment having five bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a living space. A full kitchen is in the upper floor apartment.

Meals are served at Fort Worden Commons. The first meal is dinner on Sunday, May 26; the last meal is breakfast on Monday, June 3.

The two public concerts will each feature one full-length piece prepared by each ensemble.

If you have any other questions about the Chamber Music Series or Intensive, please contact Gwen Franz at 360-385-3102, x109, or

2024 Schedule - Here is how invited participants will spend their time:

2024 Chamber Music Intensive Schedule

Sunday, May 26

Participants fly to Seattle, drive to Port Townsend, and check in at Centrum. Dinner that evening will be followed by ensemble rehearsals.

Monday, May 27

Ensembles rehearse on their own.

Dinner party with artist faculty, participants, and guests, location TBA.

Tuesday, May 28

Rehearsals and coaching with American String Quartet and Lucinda Carver.

Wednesday, May 29

Rehearsals and coaching

Thursday, May 30

Rehearsals and coaching

7:30 pm, PUBLIC MASTERCLASS with faculty and participant ensembles

Friday, May 31

Rehearsals and coaching

7:30 pm PUBLIC CONCERT with participant ensembles

Saturday, June 1

7:30 pm PUBLIC CONCERT with participant ensembles

Sunday, June 2

2 pm, PUBLIC CONCERT with the American String Quartet and Lucinda Carver

Monday, June 3

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