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SYO Chamber FAQ

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  • What is Chamber Music?

    Chamber music compositions are written for two to nine players, all having their own individual parts.

  • How is a chamber ensemble different than an orchestra?

    There are two types of orchestras: a chamber orchestra comprising of approximately 20-30 members and a symphonic orchestra comprising of approximately 60 to 90 members. Orchestras have many musicians (mainly strings) that play in sections or groups that have the same part. Orchestras also have a full wind section including flutes, clarinets, bassoons, oboes, contra-bassoon, trumpets, french horns, trombones, tuba and percussion.

    Chamber groups use the same instruments but to a smaller degree and each musician has their own individual part.

  • What are the benefits of chamber music?

    In chamber music, each individual musician is exposed and holds complete responsibility for his/her own part. The musician also learns the value of teamwork by being prepared collectively with the other members of the group.

    Chamber music allows the musician to have the best of both worlds: solo and orchestral but all in one small chamber group. As the musician is the only one on his/her part, it reinforces soloistic qualities yet playing together as a team strengthens a sense of togetherness as if performing in an orchestra.

  • Is there a conductor for chamber music?

    No. Musicians lead and follow each other and work together as a team.

  • What is a coaching?

    A coaching is when a professional musician works with and advises the student musicians in their various chamber ensembles. The professional is their teacher (coach) for that particular session of instruction.

  • How many times are the students responsible for attending their coachings?

    Five times every other week. See calendar (coming soon).

  • How is the program structured according to age levels?

    Younger students at a beginning level meet for 30 minutes every other week totaling 5 weeks with a dress rehearsal and a recital at the end of each semester.

    Students who are at an intermediate level will be scheduled in two groups that amount to approximately 45 minutes and will meet every other week totaling 5 weeks with a dress rehearsal and a recital at the end of each semester.

    Advanced students will meet for 60 minutes with a coach 5 times and will have 2 additional rehearsals by themselves to apply their instruction from the coaches. They may be given a second small group. They will meet a total of 7 times every other week with a dress rehearsal and a recital at the end of each semester. (Some rehearsals may be back to back weekends to accommodate all the rehearsals.)

  • What is the criteria for attending the program? Is there an age limit?

    Students must be able to read music at their specific level.

    There is no specific age limit.

  • What instruments may participate in the chamber program?

    All instruments: Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass, flute, clarinet, bassoon, oboe, trumpet, french horn, trombone, tuba, percussion, piano, harp

    Not as common: saxophone, contra-bassoon, bass clarinet

  • What are the scheduled days to do chamber music?

    • Sundays: Primarily for High school students and some Junior High students. Students meet for at least 1 hour with a possible second group some time between 1:30-7:30 pm.
    • Mondays: Primarily for Elementary students and some Junior High students. students meet for 30 minutes some time between 3:50 and 5:30 pm.
    • Tuesdays: This is a mix of advanced Elementary students, Junior high students, and some High School students. Rehearsals are between 4 - 8 pm.

    Every effort is made to place students in groups that meet on the same day as their youth orchestra for those students who are participating in the SYO orchestra program. There will be no conflicts with orchestra rehearsals.

  • Is chamber music fun?


  • How much practicing is required for chamber music?

    Students will receive their packet at the beginning of the semester with a selection of music. The director will advise the students to prepare one or two of these selections for their first coaching.

    Students' responsibilities are to listen to the repertoire and become familiar with their parts so they are able to get the most out of their coachings. Since every student is at a different level, amounts of practicing may vary for each individual student.

    Rather then to specify an exact amount of minutes designated to practicing, it is best to make practicing and listening part of their weekly goals.

  • How is chamber music scheduled for the full year?

    There are 2 semesters for the chamber music program:

    • Fall: September to late November
    • Spring: Mid- February to late April

  • Are there any chamber music recitals?

    Yes. There is a day set aside for a chamber music recital which occurs at the end of each semester. (See calendar)

    There will be a dress rehearsal on the day of the recital prior to the recital.

  • What is the tuition?

    • $135 per semester - 30 minutes of coaching.
    • $185 per semester - 45 minute of coaching.
    • $235 per semester - 60 minutes of coaching.

    The tuition includes 5 coachings , dress rehearsal and recital. (Sunday students receive an additional two rehearsals without a coach.)

  • Are there any special discounts?

    Yes. The Early Bird discount: The Early Bird discount will save you $10 per semester totaling $20 for the year if you sign up and pay before mid - June.

    Early Bird discount:

    • $125 per semester - 30 minutes of coaching.
    • $175 per semester - 45 minute of coaching.
    • $ 225 per semester - 60 minutes of coaching.

    If you sign up for two semesters at the beginning of the fall semester, you will be discounted $10 for the second semester.

    Two semester discount:

    • $235 - 30 minutes of coaching.
    • $335 - 45 minute of coaching.
    • $435 - 60 minutes of coaching.

  • How can I pay?

    You can pay online or by check. Checks may be payable to the Village of Schaumburg.

  • I would like to participate. How do I join?

    Fill in the registration form. You will be contacted for a hearing placement. Once you are in the program, you will not have to audition again, unless you wish to be heard again.