Inspiring and Guiding The Next Generation of Great Classical Chamber Musicians

As part of CMC’s Youth Chamber Music Initiative, we are pleased to announce the inaugural season of the CMC TWO program.  Members of CMC TWO (accomplished high school string students) participate in weekly activities including self-guided rehearsals, coachings with professional musicians of CMC, masterclasses with guest artists, and advanced learning sessions addressing topics such as connecting with an audience, the art of producing a concert and audition techniques.

Members of CMC TWO will participate in Chamber Music Charleston Classical Kids Concerts (educational programs for younger students), first performing alongside the professional musicians of CMC and then on their own. They will also act as mentors to 5th grade string students who aspire to enter Middle School strings programs.

Students will prepare and perform various outreach concerts targeted towards high-poverty communities and schools with small music programs.

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


CMC TWO Performance Schedule


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

CMC TWO Concert.  Performances by:

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. Location to be Announced


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


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