A Note from the Director

Dear Friends,

Welcome to Elm City ChamberFest!  Since our inception in 2005, my colleagues and I are honored to have been providing young musicians the opportunity to explore and expand their chamber music experiences on the beautiful and historic Yale campus, and throughout the city of New Haven.

Why chamber music? Of course, making new friends and playing chamber music together all day is much more fun than practicing on your own – nobody will argue with that! But what are the other advantages of playing chamber music? The proven benefits of individually mastering a musical instrument aside, let’s factor in the heightened verbal and aural communication skills, and learning to problem solve as a team that are developed by students when playing chamber music. When expertly instructed in a small group on a daily basis, students gain an invaluable tool that they will be able to take with them as they progress through life, in any capacity. Whether a student wishes to develop a lifelong career as a musician, a corporate executive or a renowned medical professional, the benefits from experiencing a superb chamber music education are infinite.

At Elm City ChamberFest, we take great pride in our goals of focusing on nurturing and strengthening both the musical as well as the personal growth of each individual student. Our team of experienced ECCF faculty and staff is highly skilled at working with students of all ages, at all levels of their musical and emotional development. No matter how much or how little experience our students have when they start their summer at ECCF, with a 5:1 student to faculty ratio, they are closely fostered into becoming better musicians and stronger communicators, and they gain lifelong friends who will also share their special musical gift with them for years to come.

I hope you will enjoy exploring our website.  Read all about our various program offerings, browse through our acclaimed faculty and guest artist biographies and don’t forget to visit our testimonials page! 

Yours sincerely,

Fiona Murray, Artistic Director and Founder