The YCMI is a multi-faceted program that shares the excitement and magic of live classical music with the youth of the greater Charleston area.  The YCMI includes:

  • Classical Kids Concerts
  • CMC TWO coaching
  • Masterclasses
  • SOA/Fullana Residency
  • Special Events

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 2023-2024 school year, CMC 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 program was presented at various Johns Island Schools, and in a public performance at the College of Charleston Sottile Theatre in September.

Throughout the season CMC also presented “The Night Before Christmas” and “Peter and the Wolf” for a large public performance at Sottile Theatre.


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 participate in a series of two Spring 2024 events.

We will be accepting applications to participate in the 2024-2025 CMC TWO class in late April and early May, 2024.


Visiting guest artist work with accomplished student musicians as they work on challenging repertoire. 2023-2024 season Masterclasses include classes with cellist Alan Rafferty, violinist Daniel Ching, violist Matt Lipman, and clarinetist Alexander Fiterstein.

SOA Residency

In November, 2023 guest violinist Francisco Fullana will arrive in Charleston to work with SOA Sinfonietta students in an exciting program of music for string orchestra. The ensemble will present a public performance at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church on November 10, 2023.

Student Tickets

We are pleased to provide discounted tickets for students…and their parents!  Enjoy any of our Salon Series, Ovation Concerts, or Chamber Music with Friends performances for only $5!

Become an Education Investor

We need your support! The CMC Youth Chamber Music Initiative is fully supported by contributions and grants.  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.

This project is funded in part by the South Carolina Arts Commission which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

This project is also supported by funding provided to the South Carolina Arts Commission from a partnership with the S.C. Department of Education from American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary Schools Emergency Relief (ARP ESSER) funds.