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Leadership and Service Through Music

July 14–27, 2019

The Decoda | Skidmore Chamber Music Institute enables young musicians to explore leadership and community service through the intensive study of chamber music. Under the guidance of Decoda artists, students will learn how to fully engage their audiences and communities through interactive chamber music performances while improving their own performance and public speaking skills. 

Expected Student Outcomes:

  • Improved musicianship—technical and artistic
  • Improved ability to navigate group dynamics in a collaborative environment
  • Improved musical analysis—understanding fundamentally what makes a particular piece of music "work"
  • Deep knowledge of at least two pieces of musical repertoire
  • Performance experiences in both traditional concert hall and in community settings
  • Improved public speaking ability
  • Improved ability to design interactive activities which help engage an audience
  • Each student will leave with a polished interactive performance script that has the potential to be reused and further developed

New in 2019! 

Three Fellowship positions will be awarded in the areas of strings, winds/brass and piano in the summer of 2019.  Successful candidates will be: excellent musicians, experienced performers with great chamber music skills, fledgling leaders, strong collaborators, articulate and expressive communicators, creative and ambitious in their career goals, and at least 20 years old at the time of the application. 

Applicants are strongly encouraged to audition live in New York City at Carnegie Hall on February 10, if possible. If you are unable to come to the live audition, please upload a live, unedited performance with accompaniment (when applicable) from within the last two years. Whenever possible, record in the best acoustic with high-level audio/video equipment. 

Awardees will be chosen from strings, winds/brass, and piano and offered full tuition to attend the program. These young artists will have the opportunity to perform with the Decoda faculty in concert. Young artists must cover their own room and board costs, or apply for a scholarship to help cover those expenses.

Week 1:  Development of an Internal Community

Week 2:  Engaging and Serving the External Community


The Decoda | Skidmore Chamber Music Institute is sponsored in part by the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation.