Happy New Year! CMC Winter 2024 starts January 5th!

CMC Winter 2024 begins on January 5th!

We hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season and a well rested break. We are excited to get back to regular CMC Fridays!


We are happy to announce that CMC alumna Eva Tomsic will be our new onsite manager! Thank you to Julian Tugaoen for his welcoming and wonderful work as onsite manager for the past several seasons. We will miss you Julian! We look forward to welcoming Eva!

Thank you to everyone who attended and supported the CMC Snowflake Musical Social!

CMC Snowflake Musical Social was a great success raising over $2,500! It was a wonderful evening filled with holiday tunes, reconnecting with alumni and parents of alumni, lots of sweets, a very popular hot chocolate bar, much holiday cheer, and we had the special moment in the Christine’s Christmas portion of the concert to remember and honor CMC alumna violinist Katrina Carrico.

Thanks to all of our CMC donors, students, parents, and community members, we are now at $10, 821 towards our Kvamme Family Matching Dollar for dollar challenge.

We are only $4,179 away from meeting the challenge! If you have donated towards the challenge, thank you! If you haven’t yet and are able to give and support our CMC students, please do so today! www.cmconnection.org/donate

About the CMC Experience Fund: The CMC Experience Fund supports special educational events for all CMC students such as masterclasses, competition support, supplemental coachings, and side-by-side experiences with professional artists.


Congratulations to CMC Quartets: Lumen and Maybach for recording and submitting applications to the 11th Annual Coltman Competition in Austin, Texas. We will be notified of pre-screening audition results in late January. Good luck to Lumen and Maybach!

About Coltman: The national Coltman Chamber Music Competition, launched in 2010, offers advanced applicants performance experience and expert commentary. Winners of the competition receive a cash prize and multiple performance opportunities, including a live broadcast on KMFA 89.5.

Lumen Quartet: Sotto Lai and Jonah Davis, violins, Hyunyoung “Bella” Lee, viola, and Josiah Tugaoen, cello

The Lumen String Quartet formed at the Chamber Music Connection (CMC) in April 2022. Its name, Lumen, defines a source that radiates to an equal extent in all directions. Members of Lumen include violinists Sotta Lai and Jonah Davis, violist Hyunyoung “Bella” Lee, and cellist Josiah Tugaoen. Lumen has performed in masterclasses for Mari Sato, Peter Salaff, Jeffrey Irvine, Luis Bellorin, and members of the Callisto, Cavani, Meta4, and KASA Quartets, along with CMC associated faculty members under the direction of CMC’s Artistic Director, Deborah Price. Their private instructors include Juan Ortega, Paula Korak, Deborah Price, and Pei-An Chao, respectively.

Maybach Quartet: Oliver Martin and Nolan Grosse, violins, Walt Conte, viola, and Matthew Lederer, cello

The Maybach String Quartet formed at the Chamber Music Connection (CMC) in Fall 2023. The group chose the name Maybach after the luxury German car manufacturer- inspired by their attention to precision and finesse. Members of Maybach include violinists Oliver Martin and Nolan Grosse, violist Walt Conte, and cellist Matthew Lederer. Their private teachers include Karl Pedersen, Douglas Locke, Deborah Price, and Pei-An Chao, respectively. Maybach has performed in masterclasses with Eric Wong, Treesearch, Meta4, and coached with members of KASA Quartet as well as CMC associated faculty members under the direction of Artistic Director, Deborah Price.

Upcoming events:

January 5, 4:00-7:45PM at St. John’s Episcopal Church – Iva Casian-Lakos, cellist and CMC alumna, will perform at Orientation and speak about her life as a professional musician and will give some coachings at CMC. Read about Iva here.

February 16, 4:00-7:45PM at St. John’s Episcopal Church – Abeo String Quartet masterclasses at CMC! Open to the public – come observe CMC students perform in masterclasses for members of this upcoming award-winning string quartet!

February 18 – Midwest Young Artists Chamber Music Competition at Ravinia, Bennett Gordon Hall in Highland Park, IL. Six groups from CMC will travel to and perform at the MYA Competition.

February 23, 4:00-6:00PM, location TBA – Masterclasses with Isidora String Quartet sponsored by Chamber Music Columbus

February 23, 7:15PM, location TBA – Chamber Orchestra and Piano 4-hans Ensemble Finale Concert featuring Senior Fellowship Soloists, cellists: Kate Sahr and Matthew Lederer.

February 24, 11:30AM & 2:30PM at St. John’s Episcopal Church  – Small Ensembles Finale Concerts – featuring our 2024 Winter student ensembles made of mixed instrumentalists in trios, quartets, and quintets. Repertoire includes works by Farrenc, Catherine McMichael, Haydn, Shostakovich, Mendelssohn and more!