Ensemble Training

Ensemble playing is at the heart of a Crowden music education.

In our beginning and large ensemble classes, students develop their collaborative playing, artistic, technical, and general musicianship skills while experiencing the joy of making music with friends and our expert faculty coaches. Our chamber music program provides older students the opportuinity to deepen their knowledge and passion for music through the study and performance of the world's greatest chamber music literature.


Tuesdays at Crowden are dedicated to chamber music

Tuesday Ensemble Training

Preparatory String Ensemble

Ages 9–12


Tuesdays, 4–5pm
September 10–June 2
Tuition: $850 per year

In this ensemble experience for mixed strings, students work on following a conductor, playing as a group, intonation, bowing, and phrasing. Some rehearsal time is devoted to the development of musicianship skills such as ear training and sight-reading. Repertoire includes beginning-level arrangements of standard string orchestra literature.

Students are required to study privately with a teacher of their choice. Audition required.

Chamber Orchestra

Ages 11–15


Tuesdays, 4–5:30pm
September 10–June 2
Tuition: $1,250 per year

Crowden’s Chamber Orchestra is intended for string players with well-developed reading ability and instrumental technique.

Participants strengthen ensemble-playing skills through the study of standard string orchestra literature. Chamber Orchestra provides an orchestral experience, while still being small enough to allow participants to develop the interpersonal, collaborative skills required for chamber music.

Students are required to study privately with a teacher of their choice. Audition required.

How to Enroll

Submit a completed registration form to Crowden before August 15, 2019. Crowden will contact registrants to schedule an audition. Mid-year applicants are welcome as space permits.

For auditions, applicants should be prepared to play two pieces in contrasting style and to sight-read a short excerpt. Upon review of auditions, Crowden will contact students regarding acceptance into the programs for which they have applied. Payment is due before the first class meeting.

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Ensemble playing is the heart of a Crowden education.