Chamber Music Institute

2020 & 2021

The Chamber Music Institute is cancelled, but the music doesn't have to stop! Join us for the Chamber Music Festival July 1-24!

For advanced college string players and pianists

Located in the beautiful Cascade Mountains, Icicle Creek Chamber Music Institute welcomes accomplished college and graduate school string players and pianists for three weeks of intensive chamber music study. Running concurrently with the Chamber Music Festival, the program offers chamber music coachings, rehearsals, masterclasses and performances. Young artists, admitted through a competitive audition process, present public performances in collaboration with faculty artists at Icicle Creek and other performance venues. Working closely with talented peers and renowned faculty in a beautiful natural setting offers an unparalleled learning experience for serious emerging artists. An additional Sonata Week offers another in-depth opportunity for collaboration with faculty on significant works from the sonata repertoire for strings and piano.

The Institute is open to advanced college string players and pianists.
Students must be 18 years old to apply.
Preformed groups are encouraged to apply.

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) emailed to ejokinoa@plu.edu
  • A high quality recording that demonstrates your best playing emailed to ejokinoa@plu.edu. Please ensure that tracks are clearly labeled with with your name, instrument and repertoire.
    • Audition 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 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 February 15, 2020.
  • Extended deadline is through March 1, 2020, accompanied by a non-refundable fee of $75.
  • You will be notified of your acceptance by April 1, 2020. If you are accepted to the program, a deposit of $200 will be required to confirm your place in the Institute

Chamber Music Institute (June 28 – July 19)
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.

Sonata Week (July 19-26)
Total cost $500

*PLEASE NOTE: You may not apply for Sonata Week alone. To be eligible for consideration, you must be accepted to and attend the Chamber Music Institute.

Scholarships are available to meritorious applicants. In order to be considered for financial aid, applicants must fill out the scholarship portion of the application form.

  • $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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Praised by Opera News for her “potent presence,” lyric mezzo-soprano Soon Cho has performed recitals, concerts, and operas across North America, Europe, Australia and Asia. Cho has sung under the batons of world-renowned conductors such as Alan Gilbert, Kristjan Järvi, Paavo Järvi, Erich Kunzel, Julius Rudel and David Zinman. She has soloed with the Cincinnati Symphony, Honolulu Symphony, Emanon Ensemble in Belgium, and Seattle Bach Choir, among others. Cho serves as Assistant Professor of Voice at Pacific Lutheran University and as Voice Instructor at the Cornish-American Song Institute in Oxford and Falmouth, United Kingdom.

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.

American soprano Cyndia Sieden moves easily among the Baroque, classical, romantic and contemporary repertoires to worldwide acclaim. In addition, her performances and recordings of his works affirm her status as one of the sovereign Mozart interpreters of the present day.
Sieden has starred at most of the world’s great opera houses, including the Munich Bayerische Staatsoper, the New York Met, Paris’s Opéra Bastille, the Wiener Staatsoper, Barcelona’s Gran Teatre de Liceu, Brussels’s La Monnaie, and London’s Covent Garden and English National, as well as in Beijing and Australia. Her highly-praised Metropolitan Opera debut was as Berg’s Lulu, and her success quickly led to reengagement in 2008 for Die Zauberflöte’s Queen of the Night, one of her signature roles.

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.

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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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.

Recently appointed Artist-Teacher of Piano at Ohio University, pianist Emely Phelps enjoys a multifaceted career as a soloist, chamber musician and teacher. Praised by the Boston Globe for her “fleet, energetic, and bright-toned” playing, Emely made her solo orchestral debut with the National Symphony Orchestra as the grand prizewinner of their Young Soloists Competition, and has since been a featured soloist with the Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra, Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic, Little River Symphony, McLean Symphony, and the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra. She has presented solo recitals throughout North America and Europe, with annual appearances in New York and Boston beginning in 2016, and additional highlights including recitals at Slot Schagen and Muiderslot in the Netherlands, Strathmore Hall’s Music in the Mansion Series, Banff Centre for the Arts, the Alden Theater, Meredith College, and Glen Eyrie.

Izia Weyman

A native of Newton, MA, Elzbieta (Izia) Weyman began studying violin at age 4 and switched to viola at 13, studying with Boston Symphony member Michael Zaretsky. She continued her musical education at The Juilliard School, where she studied with Masao Kawasaki and Michael Tree. Weyman was a member of the New World Symphony, an orchestral training program for postgraduate musicians, from 2011–13. She has been Assistant Principal Viola of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra since 2013 and a member of the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra since 2017. She currently lives in Jersey City, NJ and performs regularly with the Philadelphia, New York City Ballet, and American Ballet Theatre Orchestras.

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Violinist Jennifer Caine Provine was the first-prize winner of the Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe Competition in 2004 and the recipient of several other prestigious awards. She has performed throughout the U.S. and Europe in venues including the Phillips Collection and Weill Recital Hall, and at music festivals such as the Soesterberg International Music Festival and Music@Menlo. Caine is the violinist of the Volta Piano Trio, with whom she recorded two discs on the Con Brio label to critical acclaim. She holds Masters degrees from the Royal College of Music and Oxford University.

Helen Kim

Violinist Helen Kim enjoys a multi-faceted career that has her regularly performing across the Americas, Europe, and Asia. Since her concerto debut at the age of eight, Kim has given performances at the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, BBC Proms, Suntory Hall, and Disney Hall, among others.
In recent seasons, she has made concerto appearances with the St. Louis Symphony and Aspen Festival Orchestra under the baton of conductors Nicholas McGegan and Jun Märkl and performed works for solo violin on San Francisco Symphony’s Soundbox series and on the Pulitzer Arts Foundation’s contemporary music series. Kim is currently the Associate Principal Second Violin of the SF Symphony and was recently appointed Associate Concertmaster of the Seattle Symphony.

First Prize winner of the 2008 Naumburg International Violoncello Competition, David Requiro has emerged as one of today’s finest American cellists. Mr. Requiro has made concerto appearances with the National Symphony Orchestra, Seattle Symphony, Tokyo Philharmonic, and several orchestras from California and has performed at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center. Mr. Requiro is currently Assistant Professor at the University of Colorado Boulder. He previously served as Artist-in-Residence at the University of Puget Sound as well as Guest Lecturer at the University of Michigan.

Meta Weiss made her international debut at the age of seven in Holland, and has established herself as one of the leading cellists of her generation. Her performances have taken her to venues worldwide, including Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, Boston Symphony Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Sydney Opera House, and Melbourne Recital Centre. Top prize-winner in numerous competitions, she has been hailed as “magnetic” (ArtsJournal) and “luminous” (Sydney Arts Guide). A graduate of Rice University and The Juilliard School, she is Senior Lecturer in Cello and Head of Chamber Music at The Queensland Conservatorium.