Our Story
Chamber Music Central, Inc. (CMC) had its beginnings in 1996 when Millette Alexander, then President of Connecticut Alliance for Music (CAM), gathered local music professionals to help identify unmet music needs of youth in Fairfield County, CT.  From these gatherings, the need for exposure to the intimate and powerful world of chamber music was identified.

Millette and cellist-educator, Lois Errante collaborated on the inaugural syllabus and on finding a suitable facility. Greens Farms Academy, under the headmastership of Jim Coyle, embraced the vision and enthusiastically hosted the first "CAM" camp. The summer of 1997 saw the debut of this special organization which has since welcomed hundreds of wonderful students and families.

Professional music educators in the community saw the value and importance of the program, with some becoming involved as faculty members and others recommending their students' participation. Each year, students audition for placement in age and level-appropriate trios and quartets and receive chamber ensemble coaching by faculty members who are fine musicians, especially gifted in working with young students.

In 2005, "CAM" camp was incorporated as Chamber Music Central, Inc. and was approved for nonprofit status, giving it the ability to receive tax-deductible donations. Over the years, several Foundations have come to annually provide support for CMC's scholarship fund, making it possible to provide tuition assistance to students with need. The CMC program is fabulous, and every young musician should have opportunity to participate.

​2006 brought the addition of an academic year program to Chamber Music Central. Some ensembles formed remain together for years, performing at a high-level at various events. One such group, Trio Esprit, was so accomplished that CMC commissioned a new piano trio to be written for them - "Century Music" by the distinguished Connecticut composer, Eugenie Rocherolle.

Today, Chamber Music Central's summer program, known as Summer Festival, has its permanent home at The Unquowa School in Fairfield, CT.  There, intermediate to advanced musicians blossom with the help of CMC's professional, supportive and inspiring faculty and guest artists.  Two, 2-week chamber programs provide instructional coachings, recreation, theory, pizza parties, master classes, and performance opportunities to piano, string, woodwind, and french horn students from ages 8 to 18. In 2013, Summer Festival was expanded to include the Amici Ensembles program, a chamber ensemble Boot Camp where advanced students ages14 to 22 bring a major work to performance excellence in one week -- Just Amazing!

Communication and Collaboration is Chamber Music Central's passion. CMC places and coaches students in trios and quartets, where they learn the importance of individual responsibility as well as joyful collaboration through listening and effective communication.  The End Result -- creative, artistic growth, beautiful music, and valuable life skills -- Serious Fun!