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Summer 2024

An inspiring, unforgettable week that will cultivate your love of making music with others

These programs are designed to discover the joy of making music with others and push the boundaries of string playing skills and expression. Participants will have one-on-one chamber music coachings with international festival artists, side-by-side performances and opportunities to perform and work on their technical skills on the instrument. 


Our 2024 Educational Programming was made possible, in part, through the support of Associated Chamber Music Players ( The mission of ACMP is to stimulate and expand the playing of chamber music for pleasure among musicians worldwide, of all backgrounds, ages and skill levels, by connecting people and supporting chamber music activities for individuals, groups and institutions.
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Strings Chamber Music Camp


Ages 12 - 18  |  All levels  

Younger students welcome to apply.

For violin, viola, cello, and bass

Tuition: $225 / student, (need-based scholarships available) 

Applications Due June 15  

EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT - Apply by May 15 and receive 15% off tuition


August 5-9, 2023 

Monday - Friday: 10am - 3pm

Bring packed lunch, concert with pizza party on Friday.


Old Stone School 

37098 Charles Town Pike, Hillsboro, VA 20132


About 20 minutes from Harpers Ferry, Charles Town, and Leesburg!


Each day, students will spend time with the all-camp chamber ensemble and their small assigned chamber music groups. Guest musicians will stop by throughout the week for learning sessions, and new this year, students may sign up to participate in a 20 minute master class with one of our festival musicians. Master class participants will be assigned based on participation, students must provide a copy of the manuscript for the piece they will present. 


The week will conclude with an invited concert featuring the different groups who prepared music throughout the week. 


Students will receive their small group assignments and music to begin rehearsing in early July ahead of the first day of camp. Small preformed groups are also welcome. Attend together and bring a piece you have been rehearsing and receive coaching, or select a new piece to explore!

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Adult Intensive Chamber Music Workshop


Open for all strings players, limited space for winds and brass

All levels welcome

Tuition: $175 / (need-based scholarships available) 

Applications due by July 1


Saturday and Sunday, August 3-4, 2024

10 am - 5 pm each day, Lunch provided


Happy Retreat

600 Mordington Ave, Charles Town, WV 25414


Note: Friends of Happy Retreat plan to complete their AC upgrade prior to August 2024.


Have a group? If you have a pre-formed group, sign up to participate together! 

Need a group? Sign up as an individual, we'll match you with partners based on applications received. 

Each day, musicians will spend time with their ensemble receiving coaching from our professional ACMF musicians. Activities may also include individual one-on-one work with a coach, group work to develop and refine skills needed by small ensemble musicians, and more!

The weekend will conclude with an invited concert for family and friends. 

Please note the *NEW for 2024* schedule/format for this workshop. 

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What's included in our chamber music programs?

Our chamber music courses are a multi-day, intensive chamber music experience. No previous chamber music experience necessary. We welcome applications of all levels and abilities. Discover the joy that is playing music with others! We will send out materials and music before the camp and seminar so that you can be prepared for the week.

Get Inspired

  • one-on-one chamber music coachings with international festival artists

  • additional help, support and coaching with inspiring professionals

  • side-by-side string ensemble playing with festival artists

  • work with special guest musicians and perform new works and arrangements


  • informal performance opportunities: side-by-side ensemble performance with professionals

  • performance opportunity at end of course for family and friends of participants

  • access to open rehearsals ACMF artists for the festival during the week


  • ​discover the joy of making music with others

  • inspiring interactive group activities that explore non-classical genres, how to sight-read, improvisation and more

  • push the boundaries of your string playing skills and expression


  • Family Members welcome to attend informal performance

  • Access to observe open rehearsals of ACMF artists on the day

  • participants and their families are specially invited to attend ACMF events

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New course offering through Lifelong Learning at Shepherd University


with Instructor and ACMF Board Member, David Rampy!

Lecture style seminar designed for general audiences

DATES: Mondays, March 11, 18, 25, April 1, 8, 15

TIME: 11 am - 12:30 pm EST

LOCATION: ONLINE/REMOTE or in person at Shepherd University's Robert C. Byrd Center for Congressional History and Education, Multipurpose Room

COST: First-time Lifelong Learning students can join for $99, returning members register based on membership level.


Symphonies of Beethoven, Operas of Mozart and Verdi, Oratorios of Handle. Most of us are familiar with these large types of music. But what about Chamber Music? What is it, do I like it, would I know it if I heard it? Join me and musicians from the Appalachian Chamber Music Festival in listening to and exploring the world of chamber music: Small rooms-big music. We will follow chamber music from the beginnings in the sonata trios of Corelli, Bach, Handel, and Vivaldi to the development of the classical string quartets of Haydn and Mozart, the romantic music of Beethoven and Schubert to the newer sounds of Bartok, Shostakovich, Smetana, Philip Glass and others. We will have lectures and demonstrations by Katie Tertell, the founding artistic director of ACMF, as well as some Festival musicians from around the country who will be joining us on Zoom. Join us for six exciting sessions for some of the world's greatest chamber music - you might like it! 

For more about Lifelong Learning at Shepherd University » 

For the Spring 2024 Course Schedule »

TO REGISTER, print and mail in the Lifelong Learning Registration Form to Shepherd University along with payment. PDF AVAILABLE HERE »

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