Introducing Chamber Music Charleston’s new, multi-faceted education initiative

Classical Kid Concerts

Classical Kids Concerts are 45-minute programs brought directly to elementary schools for students. Each program in­cludes an introduction to the musicians and their instruments, a selection of sing-along songs, and a children’s story set to music, with images displayed on a screen.

For the 2021-2022 school year, CMC will set the ac­claimed children’s story “Dancing Hands: How Teresa Carreno Played the Piano for President Lincoln” to music for a program focusing on Hispanic musicians’ influence on classical music. This follows on the heels of the 2020-2021 adaptation of “Harlem’s Little Blackbird: The Story of Florence Mills,” which highlighted the im­portant contributions of Florence Mills to the fight for equality. Both stories illustrate CMC’s commitment to highlighting the accomplishments of overlooked racial groups who have made major contributions to music. The goal is to inspire younger students to participate in music by seeing others who look like them, making great strides in music.


Visiting guest artist work with accomplished student musicians as they work on challenging repertoire. 2021-2022 season Masterclasses will take place in November with guest violinist Anthea Kreston and cellist Jason Duckles.  Check back in September for more information.

SOA Residency

In March, 2022 guest violinist Francisco Fullana and bassist Xavier Foley will arrive in Charleston prior to their Ovation Concert rehearsals to work with SOA Sinfonietta students in a program of music including Mozart’s Serenata Notturno and Elgar’s Serenade for Strings. The ensemble will present a public performance at Sottile Theatre on March 17, 2022.


Members of CMC TWO (High School student participants) participate in weekly activities including self-guided rehearsals, coachings with the professional musicians of CMC, 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 also have the opportunity to take part 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.

Students will also prepare and perform various outreach concerts in addition to helping organize and participating in a series of two Spring 2022 events, mentoring younger students as they prepare for SOA and All-State Auditions.

We are now accepting applications to participate in the 2021-2022 CMC TWO Fellowship class.  Click here to learn more.  Click here to apply.

Become an Education Investor

We need your support! The CMC Youth Chamber Music Initiative is part of a substantial new educational program for the 2021-2022 Season that includes public/in-school Classical Kids Concerts and Master Classes in addition to the CMC TWO program and CMC-SOA Residency. As an investor in this program, you will receive opportunities to observe the program in action to see first-hand how music can bring about positive change in the community.