Chamber Music Festival

Greater San Diego Chamber Music Festival at the University of San Diego

Click here for the concert flyer of the 2019 Summer Chamber Music Festival.

Held on the beautiful University of San Diego, the Chamber Music Festival was established by Dr. Angela Yeung in the summer of 2006. The Greater San Diego Music Coterie now co-sponsors both the Winter and the Summer Festivals along with the USD Department of Music, providing a unique opportunity for chamber-music making and public performance for musicians of all ages and technical levels in an intensive yet non-competitive environment. With coaching provided by members of the San Diego Symphony and faculty members from the USD Music Department, experienced chamber musicians enjoy the challenge of an intense coaching and performance schedule; those of most advanced musical levels may perform along with the coaches at concerts. Musicians with little or no chamber music experience appreciate the careful grouping of ensembles, selection of pieces, and guidance by experienced coaches. The gains from each festival surpass those of the chamber music experience alone: musical appetites, self-confidence, and spirit of teamwork are sparked, and lasting friendships are formed.

The Chamber Music Festivals are open to individuals or pre-formed groups (e.g. duet, trio, quartet, etc), and auditing is welcome. Student participants must be taking private lessons on their primary instrument in order to apply. On-campus housing is available for participants in the Summer Festival.

Volunteering and donations to the Festivals are most welcome. Donations are tax-deductible as allowable by law.

Annual Festival Showcase
Sunday, February 17, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.
Shiley Theatre, Camino Hall, University of San Diego
Featuring coaches and best participants ensembles from previous Chamber Music Festivals.

Eleventh Annual Winter Chamber Heat (WCH)
February 22 to 24, 2019
Participants Concert:  Sunday, February 24, 2019 at 2:00 p.m.
Shiley Theatre, Camino Hall, University of San Diego

Fourteenth Annual Summer Chamber Music Festival
June 23 to July 7, 2019
Application Deadline: Friday, May 3, 2019

Opening Faculty Concert
Sunday, June 23 at 2 p.m. Shiley Theatre, Camino Hall

Participant Concerts:
Sunday, June 30 at 2 p.m. Shiley Theatre, Camino Hall
Friday, July 5 at 7:30 p.m. French Parlor, Founders Hall
Sunday, July 7 at 2 p.m. Shiley Theatre, Camino Hall
Plus lunch concerts at La Gran Terraza, University Center
((July 1 to 3, and July 5 at 1:15pm)

Two-week Summer Festival for musicians of all ages and levels.  Daily Participants Concerts in the second week.  Pre-formed groups (e.g. duet, trio, quartet, etc) are welcome.  Individual participants will be assigned to various ensembles by Festival staff.  Applicants under 18 must have their application form signed by the parent/guardian.  New applicants must submit a short recording of your playing by the application deadline on May 3, 2019.  Returning participants can apply with a simplified application.

STUDENT PARTICIPANTS:  morning and weekend sessions; advanced student participants age 15 and older may apply to participate in the evening sessions as well.  NEW in 2019 is an additional two-week afternoon program for students who wish to stay on campus to campus activities until 4 pm during the week (Monday to Friday).  Afternoon program includes (1) privileges to USD Sport Center (including basketball court, gym, and pool), (2) music appreciation through games and videos, (3) guided own practice.  Private lessons can be arranged for an additional fee.

ADULT PARTICIPANTS:  evening and weekend sessions with optional morning sessions.

Cost:  $515 for adults (age 18 or older) or $425 for students (all ages) and $45 for six tickets to any of the ticketed concerts during the Summer Festival.  Additional $150 for the Afternoon sessions (student participants only).

Festival fee includes a $100 non-refundable processing fee, coaching, use of practice and rehearsal facilities.  A sign-up sheet will be circulated for food and drink for the two group lunches on Sunday, June 30, and Sunday, July 7.

An Additional $100 late fee applies to all applications received after May 3, 2019.

On-campus housing is available.  E-mail Dr. Angela Yeung at for cost.

Questions or interested in joining the mailing list for Festival and other concerts?  E-mail Dr. Angela Yeung at

Click here to apply and here for the 2019 Summer schedule.

Past participants can apply here for the simplified Returning Applicant’s Application Form.