The Arlington Philharmonic Youth Chamber Music Program

Under the guidance of Artistic Director Elizabeth O'Hara Stahr, the Artists‐in‐Residence of the Crescendo program mentor advanced string musicians in grades 8‐12 who audition successfully for the program. Participants are encouraged to develop a sense of musical independence through professional coaching sessions, peer collaboration with other chamber ensemble members, mentoring by musicians of the Arlington Philharmonic, and performance opportunities in a variety of settings. The Arlington Philharmonic believes that the maturing musicians who participate in Crescendo will develop a deeper pride in their talents and abilities through musical exploration and technique refinement in a fun, supportive, and collaborative environment.

Crescendo is supported in part by the Optimist Club of Arlington.

Photo:  Lauren Wengrovitz (above)

Weekly Rehearsals

Crescendo musicians receive Instruction in chamber music techniques including ensemble leadership, sound development, ensemble identity, style analysis, performance techniques, music selection, and a refined sense of peer collaboration and communication. Rehearsals are held from 7-9 PM, October-May, usually on Mondays.

Photo: Joe Furgal

Performance Opportunities

Three times a year, Crescendo players present dedicated recital-style concerts featuring the music they have prepared with their coaches. Musicians participating during the 2016-2017 season will present concerts at the Roslyn Spectrum, The Jefferson Senior Living Community, and the Lubber Run Amphitheater, the latter on stage with the Arlington Philharmonic.

Photo: Joe Furgal

Guest Artists

Crescendo values the interaction and insight that comes from exposing its young musicians to outstanding Guest Artists in the field through master classes and other special events. Guest Artists may include professional string quartets, solo performers, and even non‐classical professional musicians.

Photo: Hank Smith

Program Fees

The Annual Membership Fee is $600. Membership includes weekly coaching by professional musicians, Guest Artist sessions, and at least four performances per year. There is a $30 Audition fee, payable in advance.

Auditions for the 2017-2018 season will be held in June 2017. Applications are welcome at any time.

Photo: Joe Furgal