Inspiring and Guiding The Next Generation of Great Classical Chamber Musicians

The inaugural season of the CMC TWO program, part of CMC’s Youth Chamber Music Initiative, was a resounding success.  Members of CMC TWO (accomplished high school string students) participated in weekly activities including self-guided rehearsals, coachings with professional musicians of CMC, masterclasses with guest artists, and performances.

For the 2022-2023 season the program will continue with an array of educational opportunities for the members.  Visit this page in September to view the full calendar of activities, including public masterclasses and performances.

If you are an accomplished high school string musician and are interested in learning more about this program, please email  You may view detailed information and a past application by clicking here.


Highlights from CMC TWO’s Inaugural Season


Saturday, November 6, 2021 at 7pm. Dock Street Theatre, 135 Church Street
Chamber Music Masterclass with Anthea Kreston and Jason Duckles

Violinist Anthea Kreston was the first American violinist to be a member of a major European string quartet, Germany’s Artemis Quartet – and she travelled the world, performing on some of the most legendary stages a person could dream of, from Carnegie Hall to London’s Wigmore – from the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam to Seoul. She loves to write – penning a classical music blog on the London-based Slipped Disc which was one of the top-5 most read music blogs internationally.

As a chamber musician, cellist Jason Duckles has played throughout the world, from Carnegie Hall to Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.  He has performed as the solo cellist for the Mark Morris Dance Group, has toured with Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Project, and while living in Germany, was a member of Berlin’s Konzerthaus Orchestra.  

Friday, November 19, 2021 at 7pm. Charleston Stage’s West Ashley Theater Center, 1401 Sam Rittenberg Blvd
FREE with reservation required

The Phoebus Quartet
Elaina Gable, violin
Margie Moore, violin
Yosef Chang, viola
Peter O’Malley, cello

The Indigo Quartet
Alex Selby, violin
Addie Black, violin
Megan Black, viola
Decker Elam, cello

Monday, December 20, 2021. College of Charleston Sottile Theatre, 44 George Street.
Performances at 1 and 3:30pm.  Program length: 45 minutes

Chamber Music Charleston Classical Kids Concert: The Night Before Christmas.

Celebrate the most magical holiday season with a special Christmas Classical Kids Concert featuring musicians of CMC, musicians of CMC TWO and special guests. Sing along to favorite holiday songs and listen as well-loved stories come to life through classical music.


Sunday, March 13, 2022 at 8am. Francis Marion Hotel, King Street


Legendary violinist Midori works with CMC TWO chamber ensembles for this very special masterclass.


Friday, March 18, 2022 at 7pm. West Ashley Theater Center.


Xavier Foley (bass) Xavier Foley is known for communicating his virtuosity and passion for music on the double bass, which is rarely presented as a solo instrument. Winner of a prestigious 2018 Avery Fisher Career Grant, he was recently recognized on New York WQXR’s “19 for 19” Artists to Watch list, and featured on PBS Thirteen’s NYC-ARTs.

Mr. Foley will work with cello and bass students on Bach’s Suites


Saturday, March 26, 2022. University of South Carolina School of Music


Violinists Elaina Gable and Carolina Agrest, violinst Riley Borkowski, and cellists Peter O’Malley and Jade Williams performed Schubert’s “Cello Quintet” in masterclasses and for a competition at the 2022 USC Chamber Music Day.  The students worked with members of the Parker Quartet and teachers from teh USC School of Music for this special event.


Thursday, May 26, 2022. North Charleston Creative Arts Elementary School


Musicians of CMC TWO’s “Indigo Quartet” performed selections from Dvorak’s “American” Quartet for students at the North Charleston Creative Arts Elementary School


Friday, May 27, 2022. St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church


Musicians of CMC TWO performed their final concert of the season as part of the 2022 Piccolo Spoleto Festival.  The program included movements from Dvorak’s “American Quartet,” the Handel-Halvorsen Pasacaglia for Violin and Cello, Boccherini’s String Quintet in C Major, and Tchaikovsky’s “Souvenir de Florence.”


Thank You to our Education Sponsors


Patricia Ann Abraham
Angela and Jere Estes
Sally Lovejoy
Harriet Ripinsky in memory of Linda Ripinsky
Ted and Sue Soderlund