Chamber music program by invitation
ChamberFest was established in 2014 as an honor for our upper level musicians. The goal is to give those who participate an opportunity to work with musicians of equal caliber on high-level repertoire and to train them as musical and spiritual leaders. Students work and perform in chamber groups and are mentored by a faculty coach throughout the week.
During the ChamberFest week, students meet as a group at least twice a day with their coach, with practice time in between to work on individual parts. The daily schedule includes chapel, singtime, free time, and devotions in the evening. We also have an Artist in Residence who holds masterclasses for each of the chamber groups, attends group coachings, and performs a recital for all the ChamberFest participants.
Guest artists have included
Christopher Wu — Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Bryan Dumm — Cleveland Orchestra, Cello
Anne Martindale Williams — Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Principal Cello
Clark Potter — Lincoln Symphony, Principal Viola
While the ChamberFest nominees do represent those who stand out for their abilities, the goal is not to raise an elite separate to the rest of camp, but rather to invest in those who demonstrate attributes of servant leaders and will then practice these skills in the regular camp season — leaders who will raise up and encourage all of those around them at Csehy and beyond.
ChamberFest participants are nominated by faculty based on their musical, spiritual, and personal character witnessed at the prior year of camp. This selection process is based on their demonstrated musical ability, leadership, and encouragement of other campers, as well as their character and respect towards faculty, staff and counselors.
First round invitations are sent out in September, and second round invitations are then sent out between November and January. Groups will be confirmed by January, after which they will be put in touch with their faculty coach and sent their music to prepare for camp.
ChamberFest participants from the previous year are not guaranteed a nomination in the following year. There are very few places in ChamberFest for each instrument, and the nomination process involves the input from many faculty and staff.