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Spring 2024

Since 1979, the Chamber Music Series has brought some of the most talented string musicians and their remarkable instruments to the stage. This year, Centrum’s 50th, hosted three of the finest string quartets performing today – the Ying, Dover, and American String Quartets.  On October 29th, we welcome Viano for a special 50th Anniversary Concert at the Wheeler.

In 2015 Centrum established the Chamber Music Workshop which fosters the highest level of training and coaching for pre-professional chamber musicians in community with leading faculty chamber artists. The workshop serves outstanding emerging, pre-formed ensembles. 

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Two string quartets from the country’s leading programs will be invited to a week of rigorous coaching with the world-renowned American Quartet and Artistic Director Lucinda Carver. Each participant is awarded a full scholarship including tuition, travel, accommodations and meals. Participants will appear in a public masterclass and a performance.

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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.…

Gwen Franz

Interim Program Manager Chamber, Jazz

Gwen Franz is excited to join the Centrum team as Interim Program Manager of Chamber Music, Choro, and Jazz. She brings many years of experience as a classical violist, soloist, chamber musician, orchestral member, recording artist and concert producer. Gwen discovered Fiddle Tunes at Centrum in 2007, then became a regular attender of the Brazilian Choro Workshop since 2010, and in 2019, was a participate in Jazz Port Townsend.…

Each participant is awarded a full scholarship including tuition, travel, accommodations, and meals. Participants appear in a public masterclass and a performance. Admission to the workshop is merit-based and highly competitive. Past participants have included students from Curtis, Juilliard, Eastman, USC, Indiana University, Rice, CIM, and the New World Symphony.

Participants stay at Reunion House on the Fort Worden campus.

Meals are served at Fort Worden Commons. The first meal is dinner on Saturday, June 3; the last meal is breakfast on Monday, June 12.

If you have any more questions about the Chamber Music Series and Workshop, please contact Gwen Franz at 360-385-3102, x109, or gfranz(at)centrum (dot) org.

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2023 Schedule - Here is how invited participants will spend their time:

Saturday, June 3
Participants fly to Seattle, drive to Centrum, and check-in. Dinner and first rehearsal.

Sunday, June 4
Rehearsals on your own
Dinner at Lucinda’s with artist faculty, participants, and guests

Monday, June 5
Rehearsals and coaching by American Quartet

Tuesday, June 6
Rehearsals and coaching

Wednesday, June 7
Rehearsals and coaching

Thursday, June 8
Rehearsals and coaching
7:30 pm PUBLIC MASTER CLASS with participant ensembles
Friday, June 9
Rehearsals and coaching
7:30 pm PUBLIC CONCERT with participant ensembles

Saturday, June 10
Rehearsals and coaching
7:30 pm PUBLIC CONCERT with participant ensembles

Sunday, June 11
2 pm PUBLIC CONCERT With the Dover Quartet and Lucinda Carver

Monday, June 12
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