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Frequently Asked Questions about CMC?

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Q: Do I have to audition for CMC?
A: No audition necessary. CMC is open to all ages, any instrumentalists and levels of experience!

Q: Do I have to be in Chamber Orchestra?
A: Yes. All students who register for the CMC Fall, Winter, and Summer programs must participate in the chamber orchestra portion. Chamber orchestra is a time for all of the students to come together as a community to perform and support their peers.

Q. “How can I choose which session to sign up for?”
A. To assist with the best possible group placement, it’s preferred that you are available for either session. However, school, sports, or travel may not allow participation in one or the other session. Please make known to Administrative Coordinator, at the time of registration, the need for the session request by email or by writing the request on registration form.

Q: What time(s) do I have to be at CMC?
A:General Fall & Winter Programs Schedule on Fridays:

Fall & Winter Programs are both 10 weeks long.

  • 4:00-5:15pm Session I coachings and rehearsals
  • 5:15-5:25pm -Break- Fellowship Snack Shop will be open
  • 5:30-6:30 Chamber Orchestra Coachings
  • 6:30-7:45pm Session II coachings and rehearsals

Fall & Winter Finale Concerts:

  • Chamber Orchestra Concert is generally on Week 8
  • Small Ensembles Concerts: Concert I is generally on Week 9, Concert II & Concert III are on Week 10.

Spring Festival Program Fridays & Weekend Festival:

  • 4:30-7:30pm Coachings and Guided Rehearsals
  • Weekend Festival
    • Friday & Saturday Spring Weekend Festival General Schedule
      • Friday Schedule:
        • 4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. @ St. John’s
        • 3:50 – 4:00 p.m. – Arrive, Check-in: Pick up Personalized Schedule & CMC t-shirt
        • 4:00 – 4:30 p.m. – All groups will Tune and Warm-up with ensemble
        • 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. – Coachings for all other groups
        • 6:15 – 7:00 p.m. – CMC provides Pizza Dinner in the Undercroft
        • 7:00 p.m. – To venue (TBA) for Cavani Concert (transportation should be arranged by parents. Please contact the CMC phone 614-323-1330 if you need assistance or if you have questions.)
        • 7:30 p.m. – Cavani String Quartet in Concert
      • Saturday Schedule
        • 8:45am – After finale concert (approx. 7:00pm) @ St. John’s
          *Students are expected to pack a Lunch for Saturday!
        • 8:45-8:50 a.m. – Arrival: Pick up Name Tags and schedule confirmation
        • 8:50 – 9:00 a.m. – Tune and Warm-up in room before coach arrives
        • 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. – Coachings or rehearsals
        • 10:00 – 12:00 p.m. – Cavani Quartet Masterclasses! (open to the public)
        • *Students: Please follow your personalized schedules this is a “general” schedule to give your parents an idea of all of the activities. Please keep track of your personalized schedule!*
          12:10 – 12:20 p.m. – Group photo on front steps
          12:20 – 1:10 p.m. – LUNCH – Bring your packed lunch outside or in the Undercroft (Snack shop will be open at this time)
        • *Students wanting to walk to Graeter’s or Worthington Shops during lunch must
        • 1. Sign out & sign in
        • 2. Provide a permission slip from parents.
          1:15 – 2:10 p.m. – Workshops with David Wong (some groups will have coachings with Cavani at this time, please check your personalized schedule)
        • 2:15 – 3:15 – Final coachings or rehearsals
        • 3:20 p.m. – Pizza Snack in Undercroft, get dressed for concert! Leave ‘stuff’ in warm-up rooms as listed on main board outside of Kilbourne Hall
        • 3:30 p.m. – Concert Meeting with Debbie in Undercroft during Pizza Snack (please sit with your group)
        • 3:40 p.m. – Dress for concert. (See concert order & warm-up rooms listed in foyer)
        • 4:00 p.m. – Finale Concert begins in Kilbourne Hall, St. John’s
          Reception will be held in Atrium after the concert

Summer Festival Program Schedule:

  • Week 1: Honors Festival & iSTEM Project (generally runs first week of July)
    • iSTEM Project 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
    • Honors Festival 10:00 am – 4:00 pm (this includes iSTEM classes)
    • Finale Concert is generally on Friday in the afternoon
  • Week 2: Summer Festival Week (generally runs second week of July)
    • 9:00am – 3:00pm with a Lunch Break
    • Finale Concert Times:
      • Chamber Orchestra Concert – Thursday night of Festival week at 7:00pm
      • Small Ensembles Concert – Friday Late Afternoon & evening generally we have two concerts. Concert I @4pm and Concert II @6pm

Q: When are the Finale Concerts?
A: Finale Concerts can vary depending on the program/festival. Please see below for generic concert times.

Fall & Winter Finale Concerts:

  • Chamber Orchestra Concert is generally on Week 8
  • Small Ensembles Concerts: Concert I is generally on Week 9, Concert II & Concert III are on Week 10.

Spring Festival Concert:

  • 4:00 p.m. – Spring Small Ensembles Finale Concert

Summer Festival Finale Concerts:

  • iSTEM/Honors Finale Concert on Friday of that week
  • Summer Festival Finale Concert Times:
    • Chamber Orchestra Concert – Thursday night of Festival week at 7:00pm
    • Small Ensembles Concert – Friday Late Afternoon & evening generally we have two concerts. Concert I @4pm and Concert II @6pm

Q: Where do Finale Concerts take place?
A: Generally, small ensemble concerts take place in Kilbourne Hall at St. John’s or Highlands Presbyterian Church. Chamber orchestra concerts tend to take place at Gethsemane Lutheran Church, Northwest Church of the Nazarene or Highlands Presbyterian Church. Our concert venues depend on what CMC’s current budget can afford. We are very thankful to have the generous support of churches such as Highlands Presbyterian and Northwest Church of the Nazarene who waive general rental fees, but CMC sometimes pays a fee for a cleaning crew. If you have a recommendation for a concert space or know of a place that CMC could perform in, please contact the CMC admin team.

Q: How do I play on a masterclass?
A: A masterclass is a lesson or a coaching by a master teacher/ coach given with an audience in attendance. At CMC, masterclasses are mostly provided for all ensembles dependent on schedules of the guest artists. The audience may be made up of students, parents, faculty, and the community. Masterclasses are taught by the Artistic Director, guest artists, and some esteemed faculty members.

Q: How do I play in a side-by-side for a Conservatory Series concert?
A: The Conservatory Series is an invite only for advanced registered CMC students. Please contact the Artistic Director for more information on this process.

Q: Why am I playing first violin in my small ensemble, but second violin in my chamber orchestra?
A: Every violinist at CMC switches parts for small ensemble and chamber orchestra. We have multiple students who play additional instruments, so sometimes this does not apply, but if you are playing one part in small ensemble, most likely you will have the other part in chamber orchestra.

More questions? Contact the CMC Admin Team!

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