Summer at Cornish

Chamber Music



July 27 –August 1, M, T, W, Th, F, S, 9:00am – 4:00pm


Kerry Hall PON, 710 East Roy St, Seattle, WA


The price of this course is $450.00

Early Bird Discount Use the coupon code VZ22WH in the cart to receive a 10% discount on the total order. Early Bird Discount coupon code is valid until Friday, May 1, 2015.

You may register online. If you have any questions, please contact us.


Course Description

Dive into the magnificent world of mixed chamber music, and hone your ensemble and performance skills while learning masterworks of the repertoire. High school and college age winds (flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn), strings (violin, viola, cello, doublebass), and piano students are all encouraged to enroll. Mornings will be dedicated to rehearsal and coaching. Afternoons will bring everyone together for large chamber ensemble and masterclass settings. We'll also practice performing for each other and offering constructive critique. Players will be matched in ensembles by ability and experience to create dynamic and cohesive ensembles. The workshop will culminate in a public performance on Saturday. 

Who should enroll?

This course is designed for winds (flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn), strings (violin, viola, cello, doublebass), and piano students, ages 15+, already playing at an intermediate or advanced level.

Daily Schedule

Monday through Friday, 9:00am to 4:00pm with a break for lunch, and a concluding performance scheduled for Saturday, August 1 at 3:00pm in PONCHO Concert Hall on the Cornish campus.

Audition Requirements

Students, ages 15+, playing at an intermediate to advanced level. An audition is required for placement.

Requirements & Availability


Heather Bentley

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Violist/violinist Heather Bentley is Principal Viola of the Northwest Sinfonietta. She is also violist with Trio Pardalote: together with violinist Victoria Parker and cellist Rowena Hammill they run a collaborative, roving chamber series called Club Shostakovich.

Heather is on the music faculty of Seattleʼs Lakeside School where she teaches a studio of violinists and violists and runs a chamber program. She was Director of the Westside Chamber Program at the Seattle Conservatory of Music from 2001-2009 and was Conductor of the Northwest School Chamber Orchestra from 2000-2008.

Peggy Dees

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Clarinetist Peggy Dees has performed with ensembles throughout the United States, China, and Russia, and has taught at universities across America. A graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy, at the age of 21, Dees won a position as clarinetist with the United States Navy Band in Washington, DC. In the years since, she has gained a wealth of performance experience in the recording studio, pit orchestras, and varied ensembles large and small. In addition to teaching and performing, she enjoys commissioning new music; recent commissions include works by David Maslanka, Scott McAllister and Jeff Brooks.

Dees received her DMA in Clarinet Performance from Florida State University, where her doctoral thesis examined the teaching and learning styles of prominent clarinet teachers throughout the United States. Her articles on teaching regularly appear in The Clarinet. Her primary teachers include Frank Kowalsky, Richard MacDowell, Robert Marcellus and John Weigand. She has also worked with Larry Combs, Russ Dagon, Stanley Hasty, John Mohler, Fred Ormand, and Gregory Smith.