Young Ensembles Program

Grades 6-8

With the cancellation of events through the remainder of our 2019-20 50th anniversary season, we, regrettably, must suspend this year’s Young Ensembles Program.

Our sincere thanks to teachers who submitted applications to this year’s round and to teachers, parents, and students for their continued dedication to chamber music making.

We welcome you to stay engaged with the CMS Education Department via our new Online Education Resources webpage. On this page, you will find links to our entire archive of concerts, lectures, Meet the Music! programs, and master classes, along with daily suggested activities and assignments connected to our featured lunchtime playlist.

Please check back on this page for more information about next year’s Young Ensembles Program round. We look forward to receiving your applications next year!

The Young Ensembles Program is one of several training programs offered by the Education Department of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Middle and junior high school chamber ensembles (one person on a part) may submit an application to be considered for participation. New this season, middle and junior high school grade ensembles from homeschool consortiums are eligible to apply!

Ensembles will be selected to receive professional coaching by Chamber Music Society artists. The ensembles will then be presented in a culminating performance in the Daniel and Joanna S. Rose Studio at Lincoln Center on Thursday, May 21, 2020 at 11:00 AM.

Instrumental, vocal, or mixed ensembles with only one performer per part may apply. A school or homeschool consortium may submit no more than three ensembles for consideration. To best support chamber music instruction in school music programs, the Young Ensembles Program is only for ensembles meeting the following guidelines:

  • All students in the ensemble must attend the same middle/junior high school or homeschool consortium at the time of application as well as at the time of performance
  • All students in the ensemble must actively participate in their school music program (eg. orchestra, band, chamber music club)
  • The application must be submitted by the school music teacher on behalf of their students.
  • The program is open to students in public or private schools and homeschool consortiums, but not pre-professional or community music schools

Click here for the Young Ensembles Concert Application Instructions.

Watch the 2019 Young Ensembles Concert here.

View last year's performances here.