mentoring program for young instrumentalists

Will you be in the 5th Grade for the 2021-2022 school year?

Do you play the VIOLIN, VIOLA or CELLO?

Would you like to learn to play better?


If you answered “yes” to these questions, we would love to hear from you!


Chamber Music Charleston (CMC) is developing a program to provide mentorship, encouragement, advice and instruction to rising 5th grade students who are either considering applying to the Charleston County School of the Arts for the 2022-2023 school year or are interested in joining a middle school strings program at any school.

The program would begin in September 2021.


As part of the newly launched Youth Chamber Music Initiative, Chamber Music Charleston (CMC) is working with three chamber music ensembles comprised of accomplished student string instrumentalists from the Charleston County School of the Arts.  These students, members of the CMC TWO program, receive regular coachings with the professional musicians of CMC.  The students are also coached to become musical ambassadors to the community and mentors to aspiring young students.

Beginning in the fall of 2021 the members of CMC TWO, under the guidance of CMC, will be available to work with 5th grade violinists, violists and cellists who have their own instrument and ideally already participate either in a school or community music program.

If you are interested in this program, please fill out the form at

• When would these programs take place? The pilot program would begin as early as September 2021, pending grant funding and student interest in the program.

• When and where would these programs take place? Our goal is for the program to take place at the St. Julian Devine Community Center, 1 Cooper St, Charleston, SC 29403 on Saturday mornings.

• What does this cost? The program is presented free of charge to interested students, although students are asked to volunteer for at least one Chamber Music Charleston event during the school year.

• Who would provide instruction? One-on-one instruction would be provided by high school students from Charleston County School of the Arts.

• What adults would supervise these sessions? Chamber Music Charleston staff and/or professional musicians of Chamber Music Charleston would supervise the instruction sessions.

• Is this program for students who are already taking strings classes at school or for anyone interested in learning an instrument? At this point, the pilot program is for students who already have an instrument available to them and are receiving basic instruction at school, but do not currently take private lessons. These instruction sessions does not replace a professional, experienced adult teacher. Our goal is to fill that need for students who have a true interest in the instrument, along with family support and encouragement, but are not able to have private lessons.

• Who would oversee the program to make sure that implementation is occurring, as well as the quality of the implementation? Sandra Nikolajevs, the President and Artistic Director of Chamber Music Charleston, will oversee the program with additional support from Eduardo Curry, St. Julian Devine Community Center Manager.

• How are students selected? Students will be selected after careful review of their application along with follow up conversations with the student’s primary guardian and school music teacher.