Musicians sought for Classical Youth Chamber Music Festival

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After a hiatus in 2020 due to the pandemic, Alliance Classical Players is set to host its popular Classical Youth Chamber Music Festival at Rome Art and Community Center, 308 W. Bloomfield St., during the evenings of July 19-22, from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

The festival is open to all band and orchestra students who are entering grade 8 and above and who have played their instrument for at least two years. Players of woodwind, brass, string, and percussion instruments are all welcome at the festival. 

“The festival itself is really like a mini-music camp,” said Colleen O’Neil, a clarinetist with Alliance Classical Players and the coordinator for CYCMF.

“Students register ahead of time and are assigned to a chamber music group led by one of the professional musicians of ACP, who act as coaches at the festival. About two weeks before the CYCMF starts, students will receive music to practice. During the evenings of the festival week, the student groups rehearse with their coach and prepare selections for a public concert to be held on the last night of the festival.”

Participation in CYCMF is free for all students, and likewise, attendance at the concert is also free. According to the organizers, CYCMF participants and coaches will follow all state COVID restrictions that may be in place at the time of the festival.

“This year, we will be utilizing the outdoor spaces at Rome Art and Community Center to a greater degree, for rehearsals as well as the concert,” said Kristin Kelly Hahn, a member of Alliance Classical Players and long-time CYCMF coach.

“RACC is such a lovely venue – both indoors and out. It’s a great place for chamber music.”

Registration materials are available on the Facebook page for Alliance Classical Players, and also by calling 315-292-8506 or by emailing alliancecp2017@gmail.com.

In addition, all Oneida County music teachers were forwarded copies of the CYCMF brochure and registration forms, so students may access those materials by checking with their school music teachers as well.

The deadline to register is June 20. 

This year, Classical Youth is made possible in part with support from Stewart’s Shops, along with an Arts Education grant from the Decentralization Re-grant Program of CNY Arts. 

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