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Mountain Area Chamber Music Festival

Audition Deadline: June 1st, 2019

Sunday, June 23 - Saturday June 29

Evergreen, Colorado

About the Festival

Join us for a week-long program of vocal and strings chamber music open to rising 6th- through 12th-graders (rising 4th- and 5th- graders with comprehensive musical backgrounds may be considered), led by world-renowned master clinicians and coaches. Daily vocal and strings coachings will be accompanied by masterclasses, musical enrichment activities and in-depth artistic training culminating in a combined concert showcasing the students’ development.

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Renowned Teaching Staff

The Mountain Area Chamber Music Festival’s coaches are young, thriving professional performers and teachers from all around the United States. We’ve specifically hired some of the highest-caliber young and energetic chamber musicians to encourage the students to stretch their boundaries of thinking and performing. We believe the arts are an important element of every lifestyle, and just as being in the mountains feed the soul, so does music!

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Master Clinician

Mutsumi Moteki

Since her undergraduate years at Kunitachi College of Music in Tokyo, Japan, Mutsumi Moteki has been active as a vocal coach and collaborative pianist. She received extensive training in this area at Westminster Choir College (under Glenn Parker and Dalton Baldwin) and at the University of Michigan (under Martin Katz) as well as at prestigious summer programs such as Music Academy of the West, Steans Institute for Young Artists and the Franz-Schubert-Institut in Baden bei Wien. She is currently a professor at the University of Colorado Boulder, where she teaches singing diction, vocal repertoire and French song literature and is a coach for Eklund Opera Program. She has performed regularly with singers such as Patti Peterson, Keri Rusthoi, Patrick Mason, Irene Friedlob and JungWoo Kim, and has appeared in recitals in the United States, Austria, Switzerland, Japan, Mexico, Macedonia, Sweden and Germany.

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Musical Professors

Important Dates, Locations and Times

The Mountain Area Chamber Music Festival will meet from 9am to 3pm Sunday, June 23 through Friday, June 28th. Students should report to class at 9am. Students will also meet for a dress rehearsal and performance on Saturday, June 29th. Sunday through Friday classes will be held at the Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen (map), and masterclasses and performances will be held at the beautiful United Methodist Church of Evergreen.

A Day in the Life of MACMF

All schedules are subject to change depending on weather and class sizes.

Voice Sample Daily Schedule

9:00am Roll Call
9:00 - 9:30am Vocal Warm-Ups
9:30 - 10:00am Individual Vocal Coaching
10:00 - 11:00am Theory / Piano (alternating days)
11:00 - 12:00pm Large Group Peice Coaching / In-School Masterclass
12:00 - 1:00pm Lunch / Hike / Poetry Study
1:00 - 2:00pm Enrichment Activity: Feldenkrais/ Vocal Anatomy/ Music History
2:00 - 3:00pm Solo Lessons / Coachings
3:00pm Dismissed

Strings Sample Daily Schedule

9:00am Roll Call
9:00 - 10:00am Chamber Coaching Piece I
10:00 - 11:00am Chamber Coaching Piece II
11:00 - 12:00pm Large Group Piece Rehearsal
12:00 - 1:00pm Lunch / Hike / Team Building
1:00 - 2:00pm Enrichment Activity: Feldenkrais/ Strings Technique/ Music History/ Theory
2:00 - 3:00pm Chamber Coaching: Piece at teacher's discretion
3:00pm Dismissed

Snacks are provided throughout the week, and snack times are up to the individual teachers depending on when kids need a break.

Friday, June 28th will look similar to the schedules above, but with either the 9-12 or the 12-3 time-period taken up with a masterclass.

Saturday, June 29th will be a day of shortened classes, a long afternoon break, then a concert staring at 5pm.

Faculty Concerts

Faculty concerts are open to tbe public!

New this year: evening faculty concerts! Attendance at the concerts is strongly recommended, and admission is free for participants of MACMF! General admission tickets for family and friends are $20.

Americans On Stage

Join us for an American Extravaganza featuring our vocal staff on songs from the musicals “Newsies”, “Waitress”, “Wicked”, and “Hamilton” as well as new art song by local composer Robert Spillman, and international opera sensations by Jake Heggie and Aaron Copland!

Where Folk and Classical Meet

Join us for a glimpse inside the places where classical compositions and local folk music meet! This is an instrumental concert featuring our strings staff on pieces by Brahms, Bartok, Hill, DeFalla, Copland, and more!

“Thank you very much for inviting and accepting me into your chamber music camp. It was very rewarding and fun! By participating in this camp I gained a lot of confidence in my playing. The skills and techniques I have learned in Evergreen will help me succeed in Australia. I hope you have a great rest of your summer!”

Peri Habermas, 2018 MACMF Student

“The passion that both Michael and Nadya have for music and bringing this program to life is beautiful!”

MACMF 2018 Student

“The teachers helped me so much with my vocals and made me feel comfortable doing so.”

MACMF 2018 Student

“My daughter enjoyed the festival so very much, she said the instructors were all amazing and she found the entire experience very inspiring”

MACMF 2018 Parent

Tuition and Scholarship Opportunities


Partial-tuition need-based scholarships are available to qualifying families. In order to be considered, please email with your your name and instrument, amount you're requesting, and the reason for financial hardship. Requests must be received by June 1st.


Program cost is $500, payable by check made out to MACMF, due Sunday, June 23, 2019.

As musicians and performers, we recognize and embrace the diversity of all our students and staff. It is our policy to be inclusive and mindful of this diversity in our policies, programs, coachings, and interactions with others. As an organization, we affirm all people regardless of their age, culture, disabilities, ethnic origin, gender, gender identity, marital status, nationality, race, religion, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status.

Audition Requirements

In order to be considered for a place in the Mountain Area Chamber Music Festival, you'll need to submit the following repertoire in either audio or video-recorded format. Recordings must be of high enough quality to establish playing/singing ability, musicianship, intonation, and general skill-level. Cleanly recorded (limited background noise) smart phone recordings are acceptable!

You must submit your audition by June 1st!

Voice Division Repertoire:

  • 1-2 Minute Prepared Solo of Your Choice. Art Song is highly preferred to musical theater
  • 1-octave Major Scale (on a neutral syllable)
  • 1-octave melodic minor scale (on a neutral syllable)

For any questions regarding the Voice Division Repertoire, please contact Michael Hoffman

Strings Division Repertoire:

  • 1-2 Minute Prepared Solo of Your Choice*. Solo repertoire is highly preferred to Orchestral repertoire.
  • 2-octave G- Major Scale*
  • 2-octave g melodic minor scale*

*Pre-formed chamber groups please submit a 1-2 minute prepared ensemble piece of your choice, a recording of your group playing a 2-octave G-Major Scale together, and a recording of your group playing a 2-octave g melodic minor scale together.

For any questions regarding the Strings Division Repertoire, please contact Nadya Hill