Chamber Music Institute

June 25 – July 15, 2017

For advanced college string players and pianists

Icicle Creek Center for the Arts’ Chamber Music Institute provides a unique educational experience for accomplished young artists. This is an intensive three-week long program of chamber music study emphasizing individual musical development while working closely with internationally acclaimed faculty artists. All accepted students will engage in private lessons, masterclasses, rehearsals and performances of chamber music with their peers and artist faculty.


The Institute is open to advanced college string players and pianists.
All applicants must complete and submit the following:

  • Online Registration
  • A non-refundable application fee of $60.
  • A letter of recommendation (waived for the Institute alumni) uploaded within registration
  • A high quality recording that demonstrates your best playing. There are options to upload your recording files or provide online links (such as within registration. Please ensure that tracks are clearly labeled with with your name, instrument and repertoire.
  • Audition CD Requirements for String Players:
    • Please include two contrasting solo works, one being from the Baroque or Classical period. Complete scoring is required (i.e., with pianist for sonatas and concertos). Additional recordings of ensemble works are welcome to supplement the above-mentioned requirements.
  • Audition CD Requirements for Pianists:
    • Please include at least two contrasting solo works, one being from the Baroque or Classical period AND a chamber music work (individual movements are acceptable).
  • The deadline for receipt of all applications and supporting materials is March 1, 2017.
  • Late applications will be accepted through March 15 accompanied by a non-refundable fee of $75.
  • You will be notified of your acceptance by April 1, 2017. If you are accepted to the program, a deposit of $200 will be required to confirm your place in the Institute
  • Tuition is $1,500 and total cost of room and board is $1,200 for the three-week session.
  • There is a non-refundable application fee of $60. If you are accepted into the program, your application fee will be credited toward your tuition.

Scholarships are available and will be awarded based on merit and need. In order to be considered for additional financial aid, applicants must fill out the scholarship portion of the application form.

8:30 – Breakfast
9:00-10:00 – Chamber Orchestra
10:30-12:30 – Ensemble rehearsal or coaching
1:00 – Lunch
2:00-3:00 – Personal time
3:30-5:30 – Ensemble rehearsal or coaching
6:30 – Dinner
8:00-9:30 – Masterclasses, concerts, sight-reading, or free time

  • $60 non-refundable deposit (application fee). If you cancel more than 30 days before the session start date, then you will receive all money paid except the $60
  • 8 to 30 days before start of session, 50% refund
  • 7 days before start of session, no refund


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Russian-born pianist Oksana Ezhokina appears frequently as guest recitalist and chamber musician on concert series across the United States and abroad. She has soloed with the Seattle Symphony, Tacoma Symphony and UW Symphony Orchestra, among others. Two of her long-term collaborations are with pianist Christina Dahl and Volta Piano Trio, whose recordings for the Con Brio label received accolades in international music magazines, such as The Strad, Gramophone and American Record Guide. A sought-after teacher, Ezhokina is Chair of Piano Studies and Assistant Professor of Music at Pacific Lutheran University.

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Applauded for her virtuosity in the standard repertoire, violinist Elisabeth Perry is an avid proponent of contemporary music, a committed chamber musician, and a dedicated pedagogue. She shared the stage with Yehudi Menuhin at Royal Albert Hall at age 14. A winner of New York’s Concert Artists Guild Competition, the list of her other awards includes the Greater London Arts Award and the ISM Award. She served as concertmaster of the Deutsche Kammerakademie and First Concertmaster of the Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic with numerous recordings to her credit.

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Meta Weiss made her international debut at the age of seven in Utrecht, Holland, and has established herself as one of the leading cellists of her generation. An acclaimed soloist and chamber musician, she has performed at Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, Boston Symphony Hall, Royal Albert Hall, and Teatro Britanico (Peru). Top prize-winner in numerous competitions, including the Irving M. Klein International String Competition, Washington International Competition, and the Schadt Cello Competition, Meta has been featured on National Public Radio on many occasions.

11:56:59 AM 8/6/12  Avalon String Quartet: © Todd Rosenberg Photography 2012

(Blaise Magniere and Marie Wang, violin; Anthony Devroye, viola; Cheng-Hou Lee, cello)

Described by the Chicago Tribune as “an ensemble that invites you-ears, mind, and spirit- into its music”, the Avalon String Quartet has established itself as one of the country’s leading chamber music ensembles. They have performed in many major venues including Alice Tully Hall, 92nd St Y, Carnegie Hall and Merkin Hall in New York; the Library of Congress in Washington DC; Wigmore Hall in London; and Herculessaal in Munich. The Avalon is quartet-in-residence at the Northern Illinois University School of Music.

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Acclaimed by the New York Times as a “deeply expressive violinist,” Harumi Rhodes is a founding member of the Naumburg Award–winning ensemble, Trio Cavatina. Rhodes has performed at the Marlboro Music Festival and numerous other festivals in the US and abroad. She was in residence at Lincoln Center’s Chamber Music Society Two, and was appointed an Artist Member of the Boston Chamber Music Society. A graduate of The Juilliard School and the New England Conservatory, Rhodes is currently on faculty at University of Colorado Boulder.

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Violist Richard Wolfe pursued violin studies with Aaron Shapinsky, Dorothy Delay, and Walter Levin. A former member of the Israel Chamber Orchestra, in 1982 he settled in the Netherlands, and four years later became principal violist of the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra. He was a founding member of ‘Music in Context’ in Houston and is a member of Ensemble ‘Explorations’ in Belgium. Richard Wolfe is on viola faculty of the Utrecht Conservatory, Amsterdam Conservatory, and teaches and performs each summer at the L’Ecole Americain for Music and Fine Arts in Fontainebleau, France.

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Pianist Christina Dahl has established a reputation as one of the leading teachers of her generation. She has recently given masterclasses at New England Conservatory, Royal College of Music Stockholm and the Steinhardt series at NYU. Christina can be heard on the Bridge, Albany and Tzadik labels and has twice been a cultural ambassador for the US State Department. She has played at the Gilmore International Piano Festival, Aspen, the Banff Centre, the Steans Institute at Ravinia, and Tanglewood. She has been on faculty at Stony Brook University for nearly twenty years.

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(Jennifer Caine, violin; Sally Singer-Tuttle, cello; Oksana Ezhokina, piano)

Hailed by Gramophone magazine for its “warmly considered playing” and “shadings of exquisite sheen and vibrancy,” the Volta Piano Trio (formerly the Icicle Creek Piano Trio), has established itself as one of the Pacific Northwest’s premier chamber ensembles. The members of the Volta Piano Trio originate from the United States, United Kingdom, and Russia. Together or as individuals, they have performed in venues such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Alice Tully Hall, the Phillips Collection, and the Royal Albert Hall.

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Miri made her orchestral debut as a soloist with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and maestro Zubin Mehta at the age of 16, playing Prokofiev Piano Concerto No.1. Since then, she appeared with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, the Israel Chamber Orchestra, as well as the Mainz Symphony, Orquesta Sinfonica de Valencia, Chicago Chamber Orchestra, National Orchestra of Johannesburg, Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, the Peninsula Music Festival orchestra and Cornell Symphony and Chamber Orchestra.