Junior Chamber Music Workshop

June 19 - June 22, 2023
Ages 8-15

If you're a string or woodwind player, join us to have fun learning and rehearsing duets, rounds or quartets (depending on your level and experience). You'll refine your reading skills, learn more about playing music with others, and gain listening and leadership skills. The workshop takes place in the Music Building. It begins with a sight-reading party and ends with a recital in the recital hall.


To reserve an audition time, submit an audition form.

Auditions will be scheduled individually. Be prepared to play two short contrasting pieces and a one to two octave scale. You will also be asked to sight-read a simple piece.

Due to the collaborative nature of preparing chamber music for performance, we require you to attend all rehearsals and the recital. Please check your schedule before auditioning.

The workshop is limited to 12 players. Criteria for acceptance include:

  • Performance level
  • Space in the workshop
  • Availability of compatible group members on complementary instruments

You'll be notified within a week of the audition if you're accepted.

Accepted applicants will be emailed a registration link. The total registration cost is $135.

You're expected to pay the balance at that time.

Audition Form


Date Time Location Activity
June 13

5:15-6:45 p.m.

Music Building, room 171

Sight-reading party
June 19-22

10-11:30 a.m.

Music Building, various rooms

Workshop activities
June 21 3-5 p.m. Music Building, Recital Hall Masterclass with NIU faculty Mathias Tacke (optional, recommended)
June 22 11:30 a.m. Music Building, Recital Hall Recital


  • Director: Laurie Rodriguez
  • Coach and technical assistant: Brandon Rittenour
  • Coach: Nissa Sampson


Before Workshop

You must cancel 48 hours before the event for a full refund. Email Kristin Sherman ksherman2@niu.edu with your cancellation notice.

During Workshop

If you leave during the workshop due to illness or a family emergency, you may receive a prorated refund. Documentation from a doctor or other professional must be provided within one week of the date you left. If you leave during the workshop for any other reason, you will not receive a refund.

All refunds are issued by the same method of payment that was used to make the payment. Credit card refunds are credited to the same credit card used for the payment within two to three days of the request. Refunds by check can take four to six weeks.