Chamber Music Institute

July 31st-August 4, 2017

in Richmond


"An unparalleled artistic experience of the highest caliber."

Lynnelle Ediger-Kordzaia


CMI Virginia, based in Richmond has been created as a companion program to the American Youth Harp Ensemble Summer Harp Institute. Now in its 19th year under the leadership of the distinguished Lynnelle Ediger-Kordzaia, CMI serves as an enhancement for the development of sound principles of playing for promising youth, ages 22 and younger.  Located in Virginia's capitol city, Richmond, the Chamber Music Institute is within two-hours drive of Washington D.C., and a short distance from historic Williamsburg, Monticello, and Virginia's most popular beaches. 

CMI offers the following special tracks:

CMI Young Artist Association
A festival for profession bound string, brass, woodwind, harp, and piano students with an emphasis on excellence in chamber music with quality instruction. Acceptance by live auditions, via DVD, Skype, or Youtube.  See below for audition requirements*.


Rising Musicians Society
A program for string, brass, woodwind, and harp students ages 20 and younger, with promise, who are at various stages of their musical development. Auditions not required. Placement upon registration.


For 2015 European Summer Chamber Music Institute & Tour
Summer Music Institutes is pleased to announce the 2015 European Summer Chamber Music Institute and Tour, providing an unparalleled opportunity for musical and cultural growth! In addition to an intensive week of training in Richmond, VA in preparation for the tour, the experience will include a concert tour of Austria, the world capital of classical music (the land of Mozart, Beethoven, Strauss, and Brahms to name a few!).  Click here for more information.


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Young Artists Association

Acceptance by live auditions, via DVD, CD, Skype, or Youtube.  CDs and DVDs should be mailed to the following address:  Academy of Music, Attn: Chamber Music Institute, 4101 Grove Avenue, Richmond VA 23221.

1. Two solos of contrasting styles and periods

2. One etude or orchestral excerpt

The CMI Piano program is geared to introducing and developing the following skills:

  • Chamber music with strings and winds
  • Piano accompaniment for all instruments
  • Score preparation and interpreting orchestral reductions for piano accompaniments for all instruments
  • Music Theory and ear training as they apply to working in ensemble with other instrumentalists
  • Knowledge of Music History of the 18th and 19th centuries.

 Rising Musicians Society

Students registering for RMS should prepare the following via DVD, CD, Skype or Youtube. CDs and DVDs should be mailed to the following address: Academy of Music, Attn: Chamber Music Institute, 4101 Grove Avenue, Richmond, VA 23221.

1. Repertoire or etudes that demonstrate his/her best level of accomplishment.


Applications and audition materials for the Summer Chamber Music Institute are due no later than April 15th, 2014-- after this date additional applications will be considered only if there is space available.

 CDs/DVDs should be mailed to the following address:

Academy of Music

Attn: Chamber Music Institute

4101 Grove Avenue

Richmond VA 23221



In addition to instrumental instruction and rehearsal, CMI also includes lectures and academic classes.  Topics include:

Music History

Each daily session will explore Western music history in a broad fashion. The class will serve as an introduction to music of the Ancient, Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic and Modern periods. The focus of the course will be on listening along with interdisciplinary links to history (such as a visit to Agecroft Hall above), architecture and other art forms.

Music Theory

All students will take a theory placement test prior to the start of the class so they may be placed appropriately in a beginner, intermediate or advanced theory class. Students will learn the language, terminology and mechanics of music plus the fundamentals of sound, notation, intervals, chords, musical forms and analysis.

Aural Skills/ Ear Training

This class is designed to help develop a keener sense for listening and is integrated with the music theory class. Each student will be able to distinguish between different intervals, chords, scales and more. Depending on theory placement, varying levels of melodic and rhythmic dictation exercises will be given.


Learn basic skills of conducting and leading an ensemble. Students will prepare a short score while conducting their peers. Students will also be given a opportunity to conduct in the final concert. Click here to watch student conducting videos!



There is no replacement for experienced, nurturing teachers.



Alexander Kordzaia

Alexander Kordzaia

Artistic Director

Alexander Kordzaia, a native of Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia was, at the age of 24, the youngest conductor appointed to music director of the Georgia State Cappella and assistant conductor of the National Opera, the two most prestigious posts in the nation. Conducting engagements have taken him around the world including appearances throughout the former Soviet Union (Bolshoi Theater, Moscow and Philharmonic Halls, Odessa and St. Petersburg), Europe, Asia and the United States. Since moving to the United States in 1991 and furthering his graduate studies at the Juilliard School of Music and Mannes College of Music, he has served as the music director of several orchestras, presently the University of Richmond Symphony Orchestra, and is in demand as a guest conductor.


Joanne Kong

Artistic Coordinator

Recognized as an artist of exceptional versatility, pianist and harpsichordist Joanne Kong has received critical praise for her "great finesse and flexibility" (The Washington Post), "superb" playing (The Boston Globe), "utmost keyboard sensitivity and variety of tone" (Richmond Times-Dispatch), "remarkable technical ability" (The Oregonian), and "superb artistry" (San Antonio Express-News) for works "sensitively played" (The New York Times). Her versatility includes the distinction of being the first artist to release a harpsichord-piano recording of the Goldberg and Diabelli Variations, on the BRIOSO label.

Dr. Kong has earned numerous honors, including a fellowship to the American Academy of the Arts in Europe and the Grand Prize in the 1985 International Piano Recording Competition. Dr. Kong's concertizing as a soloist has included orchestra performances under William McGlaughlin, Myung-Whun Chung, Samuel Baron, George Manahan, Alexander Kordzaia, Mark Russell Smith, and Steven Smith. Additionally, she is in frequent demand for piano master classes and chamber performances throughout the country.


Joanne Erwin

Joanne Erwin


Joanne Erwin is Professor of Music Education at Oberlin Conservatory. Her Bachelor and Master degrees in Music Education are from University of Illinois (highest honors) and her Ph.D is in string pedagogy from University of North Texas.

At Oberlin, in addition to teaching conducting, string pedagogy and string techniques, she is founder and director of the String Preparatory Program and Artistic Director and Conductor for the Northern Ohio Youth Orchestras. She is principal cellist for the College Community Strings group. Prior to coming to Oberlin, Dr. Erwin taught strings in grades 4-12 in Texas and Illinois. She has served on the faculties of summer Suzuki institutes since 1982 and is an active guest conductor for honor orchestras in several states and foreign countries including Panama, Great Britain and Singapore.

Dr. Erwin has presented at national ASTA conferences, Music Educators conventions and is published in American String Teacher Journal, Suzuki Journal, Teaching Music and has co-authored the text Prelude to Music Education and the string method New Directions for Strings and A Scale in Time.


Chamber Music Institute Registration

 Registration details for the Chamber Music Institute.

Application deadline:

All applications and registrations for the 2017 Summer Chamber Music Institute must be received by July 1, 2017.  Applications received after this date will be considered based on space availability only.  

Room & Board:
Full day + Boarding with local host families:  $895
Institute Fees:
Full day, Richmond Institute only:           $695

Half-Day, Richmond Institute only:        $350

2017 European Summer Chamber Music Institute & Tour: TBD

Payment Plans are available.  Please contact The Academy of Music for more information.


Other deadlines:

Once accepted, unless notification of withdrawal from the Chamber Music Institute is received in writing by 6/15/2017, the student and parent/guardian /sponsor are considered legally responsible for payment of fees in full. All fees must be paid in full by 7/1/2017.

Register now for CMI 2017 by clicking the appropriate link below.