Making music in small ensembles is a perfect supplement to individual lessons. Within the unique setting of a small vocal, chamber music or percussion ensemble, students develop performance and listening skills, hone abilities of concentration and musical interaction, and experience the joy of learning and performing musical literature composed for this rewarding genre.

Ensembles are formed for students of all ages and levels. Students are placed in ensembles of three or more members according to schedules and levels of proficiency. Ensembles are scheduled throughout the week and on Saturdays. Each session is one hour. Private study at WCM is not required. Since members of ensembles are part of a music-making team, participants are expected to attend all rehearsals so that everyone can have the best possible musical learning experience.

$315 one hour per week 15 weeks
Class fee may be pro-rated depending on starting date.
Registration fee applies to non-WCM students.

Ensembles and Seminars

Ensembles may be formed to accommodate various combinations of instruments and ages and levels of students. Possible ensembles include string, voice, wind and brass ensembles, flute choirs, mixed instrumental ensembles, ensembles with piano, and percussion ensembles.

Vocal Technique Workshop with Nancy Almquist
Saturday, October 7
10 am-12 pm
For vocal students, choir members, or anyone interested in learning to sing. Workshop will include enlivening discussion, demonstration, and group participation. Performing participants will sing a memorized song and receive instruction in the class setting. (Limited to eight performing students.)
Performing participants: $55
Class participants: $40

Vocal Chamber Ensemble
Ages 17 to adults
Basic sight-reading and pitch skills required
Wednesdays 7:30 PM
Instructor: Nancy Almquist

Especially For Adults:

Chamber Music Weekend
November 10,11,12
Coaching in chamber music skills for amateur adult musicians, for individuals, and pre-formed ensembles. Meet and make music with other chamber music enthusiasts under the gentle direction of professional musicians. Friday evening through Sunday afternoon. Weekend culminates in an informal performance by students.
Coaching by members of WCM faculty
$210 (includes Saturday lunch)

Washington Conservatory Orchestra
Open to amateur adult musicians of all levels. Learn and perform traditional and unusual orchestral literature with like-minded avid adult musicians in a friendly professional atmosphere.
Rehearsals: Tuesdays, 8 P.M., Hearst Hall at the National Cathedral School.
Pay-as-you-can: in lieu of tuition, participants are encouraged to make tax-deductible contributions to the Washington Conservatory at the start of each semester.
A. Scott Wood, conductor

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Ensembles and Seminars