Fivesparks Chamber Music Festival: Weekend for Experienced Amateurs/Semi-Professionals and a One-Week Workshop for Professionally-Bound Players

Time & Location

  • Jun 16-25, 2023
  • 8:00 am
  • Online Event
  • Fivesparks - Harvard's Cultural Collaborative in Harvard, MA 7 Fairbank Street Harvard, MA 01451 US

About the Workshop

A two-part program: June 16-18 for semi-professional/ experienced amateurs; June 18-25 for professional and professionally-bound players. ALL PRE-FORMED GROUPS. Weekend workshop fee: $350/person, which includes staying in community hosts’ homes and meals and tuition. Professionally-bound workshop fee: $100/person (for the week), also including room and board. Coaches are Judith Eissenberg, violin; Judith Gordon, piano; Rhonda Rider, cello. Guest speaker and guest masterclass coach.

Semi-professional/experienced amateur workshop: arrive Friday late afternoon for dinner, short welcome concert, ‘jump-start’ coaching and rehearsal. Saturday: breakfast, rehearsal and coaching in morning; lunch followed by rehearsal, additional coaching, informal masterclass; dinner followed by mix and match sight-reading with participants and coaches. Sunday: breakfast, rehearsal, then celebration brunch and informal (internal) concert.

Professionally-bound workshop: Morning rehearsal, with requested mini-visits by coaches before lunch. After lunch, coaching, short rehearsal, then masterclass. After dinner, tbd (sight-reading, discussion, free time). Guest speaker during the week, guest masterclass coach. Some masterclasses topical. Informal performances with discussion, final performances. Various rehearsals, coaching, masterclasses, etc. open to the community.

This is an immersive experience, meant to be spacious in all the ways we need it: physical, mental, spiritual. It is a chance to explore together, to work with the luxury of no distraction in an extraordinarily beautiful place, supported by a loving and engaged community. This community creates the meals, maintains the many venues (churches, community gathering spaces, homes, library, etc.) and is  present in every aspect of the festival…from the music to the way we make it, talk about it, perform it. We encourage groups to bring their own projects and to dip into some music of our time. As ever, we value a diverse program that deepens and expands the repertoire of chamber music.


  • Chamber groups needed
  • Chamber mixed winds & strings
  • Chamber mostly string
  • Concert
  • Masterclass
  • Older Adults
  • Pre-formed groups accepted
  • Weekend workshop

Event Organizer

Judith Eissenberg 978 558 3132