Chamberre in the Rockies
BECAUSE OF COVID-19, “CHAMBERRE IN THE ROCKIES” HAS BEEN CANCELLED FOR 2020.
Future status and availability will be posted at https://www.rockyridge.org/program/chamberre-in-the-rockies/.
Chamberre is an un-coached program for amateur and professional musicians to read through a wide variety of chamber music. Chamberre began in 1957 as a collaboration between Eugene Hilligoss (1916-1981), cellist and professor of music at the University of Colorado (Boulder), and Beth Miller Harrod (1910-1999), pianist, teacher, and founder of Rocky Ridge Music Center.
Gene discovered that different musicians, many of whom might not have played together before, each derive a unique benefit from having to work out the cooperative interaction necessary to play chamber music. Accordingly, Gene devised a system of rotating players into one-time groups for each playing time slot. Chamberre continues this tradition, now using computerized assignments and tracking of who has played with whom to maximize the number of different people you meet and play with.
While participation in the rotation system had been required in Gene’s day, it is now optional. Only half of the sessions are organized like this anyway, the other half being free for you to form your own pickup group, or hike, read, nap, or just have good conversation with new and old friends over great food. There is a concert the last day, featuring chamber groups followed by the camp’s orchestra. Participation in either is likewise optional.
Chamberre accepts violin, viola, cello, string bass (2 players maximum), and piano (4 players maximum), open until filled. We also accept winds (3 players maximum, in any combination of flute, oboe, or clarinet), open until filled. Additional wind players are welcome if in a preformed group, which will usually play together during assigned sessions.
Rocky Ridge Music Center provides an extensive library of chamber music. Nonetheless, all string bass and wind players should bring additional music. Many players generously bring their own collections to share.
Although you will play with musicians having a range of skill levels, we are confident that if you are at least an intermediate player, you will find Chamberre to be productive and enjoyable.