IAYO National Chamber Music Workshops

IAYO has been a long-time advocate of the benefits of chamber music and has run a chamber music weekend course for over twenty years in addition to more recent support for the ConCorda Chamber Music Course. We have recently had the pleasure of having some of the students from the first course in Donegal return to tutor on our recent courses in Kilkenny and Laois. We support chamber music playing because:

  • Chamber music increases players’ standard and ability to play their instrument in ensembles.
  • It increases their independence and commitment to their playing.
  • It helps their teamwork and social skills both in music and in general.
  • They have lots of fun and make new friends.

The IAYO National Chamber Music Workshops are weekend residential courses for junior strings, woodwind and brass. The course changes location every two years in order to bring the experience of chamber music playing and music courses to new players and new areas.

Chamber Music Workshops 2022

IAYO will hold its annual National Chamber Music Workshop on Saturday, 19 and Sunday, 20 November at Newtown School, Waterford.

Under the direction of Katharina Baker, this weekend course is suitable for strings, woodwind and brass players from grades 2 – 5 (or equivalent standard). Applicants can apply as a pre-formed quartet or ensemble or as an individual player. More senior players are welcome to apply as part of pre-formed ensembles.

Closing date for applications will be Thursday, 20 October 2022.

Apply here.

Experience of chamber ensemble playing is not needed but players should be able to read music.

There will be residential (€100) and non-residential (€80) places available with accommodation provided in Newtown School.

Apply here.