Crested Butte Chamber Music Intensive

CB Chamber Music Intensive

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The Crested Butte Music Festival is pleased to introduce the inaugural season of the Chamber Music Intensive led by Dr. Emily Ondracek-Peterson and Dr. Erik Christian Peterson in beautiful Crested Butte. Small ensembles of serious, amateur musicians will be coached by world-class artists in a supportive, inviting atmosphere.

The high-level artistry from both players and coaches combines with a special, collegial ambiance to create an intimate, boutique experience. A unique bond is engendered amongst all musicians who travel to Crested Butte, as music and nature come together in one glorious duo.

The Intensive blends superb music making with the rejuvenating power of nature for an unforgettable week in paradise.


  • Application fee - $35
  • Tuition - $975
  • Optional Daily Lunch - $75

Tuition includes daily coaching and masterclasses. Lodging and travel are not included. For more information about your stay, please see below.

  • Schedule + Performance
  • Five days of coachings with daily masterclasses will culminate in a capstone performance at the Mt. Crested Butte Mirror Palace to close the festival’s summer season on Saturday, August 5.
  • Example Schedule
  • 9-10 AM: Rehearsal
  • 10-11 AM: Coaching
  • 12-2 PM: Lunch + Masterclass at Spiegeltent
  • 3-4 PM: Rehearsal
  • 4-5 PM: Coaching
  • Evening: Concerts, music lectures, dinner on own, group activities


  • Morning: Hike or mountain bike ride
  • 11-1 PM: Lunch + Masterclass at Spiegeltent
  • 2-3 PM: Rehearsal
  • 3-5 PM: Coaching
  • 5-6 PM: Rehearsal
  • Evening: Concerts, music lectures, dinner on own, group activities
  • Repertoire
  • Repertoire is contingent on instrumentation and ability of participants. At the time of acceptance, potential selections will be discussed and determined.
  • Ability
  • This program is for approximately 20 intermediate to advanced instrumentalists who want to focus on chamber music, pursue their own mastery of craft, gain ample performing experience, and meet fellow musicians.
  • Individuals or pre-formed ensembles are welcome. Please see application requirements below for more information on how to apply.
  • Instrumentation
  • Musicians of all orchestral disciplines are welcome. There are limited pianos available. If you are a pianist, please contact Emily or Erik at or with questions or concerns.
  • Details:
  • There are limited spots in the 2017 Chamber Music Intensive program, so early submission is encouraged. For placement and quality purposes, video auditions are encouraged. The videos should be representative of your playing and show contrasting styles.
  • Individuals: Submit with your application a YouTube video (can be set to unlisted if you prefer) of two contrasting works.
  • Pre-formed groups: Existing ensembles will be accepted without audition, but a video recording of the ensemble is appreciated as it will help to prepare coaches.
  • Upon acceptance, successful applicants will receive follow-up information pertaining to repertoire and ensembles. Tuition for the program is due in full at the time of acceptance.
  • Please direct any questions, comments, or concerns to co-artistic director, Dr. Emily Ondracek-Peterson.
  • Timeline:
  • Deadline: July 1, 2017
  • After this date, please contact Dr. Emily Ondracek-Peterson to see if there are any remaining spots. Applications are reviewed and accepted on a rolling basis.
  • Notification: You will be notified 1-2 weeks after we receive your application
  • All applicants will be notified regarding the success of their application.
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    Erik Peterson
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    • Violist and founding member of the acclaimed, NYC-based Voxare String Quartet

    • Soloist with NY Philharmonic, recordings with Naxos, Albany, Toccata

    • Chamber Music America ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming

    • Professor of musicology and chamber music at Metropolitan State University of Denver

    • Lectures at Oxford, Princeton, NYU

    • Co-Artistic Director of the Crested Butte Music Festival

    • Trained at the Juilliard School, Cleveland Institute of Music, and Case Western University

    Emily Ondracek-Peterson
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    • 1st Violinist and founding member of the acclaimed, NYC-based Voxare String Quartet

    • Soloist with NY Philharmonic, recordings with Naxos, Albany, Toccata

    • Chamber Music America ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming

    • Professor of Violin / Director of String Studies and Chamber Music at Metropolitan State University of Denver

    • Professor of Violin at Teachers College, Columbia University

    • Former New York Philharmonic Teaching Artist

    • Co-Artistic Director of the Crested Butte Music Festival

    • Trained at the Juilliard School and Teachers College, Columbia University

    Kevin McFarland
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    • Cellist and founding member of the JACK Quartet

    • Performances with ICE, Alarm Will Sound, Ensemble Signal, Talea Ensemble, and Wordless Music Orchestra

    • Composer

    • Trained at the Eastman School of Music

    Thomas Bandar
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    • Associate Dean at the Curtis Institute of Music

    • Performances with Curtis on Tour, Curtis’s signature touring initiative that brings together students, faculty, and alumni

    • Professional orchestral and chamber musician; former member of Spokane Symphony Orchestra

    • Former faculty member, Texas Lutheran University and Austin Chamber Music Center

    • Guest Artist at University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and University of Texas at Austin, among others

    • Trained at the Cleveland Institute of Music

  • In its inaugural year, faculty will be expanded to include wind instruments as interest and participation allows.

CBMF education program participants receive 15-25% off when booking through our lodging partners at Crested Butte Lodging. Your acceptance email will include a booking link and coupon code.

About The Festival

In its 21st season, CBMF is a seven-week summer music festival that serves the communities on the Western Slope of the Rocky Mountains. Performances feature a diverse range of genres including symphony, opera, chamber, bluegrass, gypsy jazz, and dance from leading artists throughout the world. A multitude of educational programs provide hands-on experiences for students of all ages and abilities.

About Crested Butte

Host to one of the country’s finest wildflower displays in the summer and a rich tradition of local, unique culture, Crested Butte sits at an elevation of 8,909 feet and is nestled at a confluence of stunning mountain ranges. Access to ample backcountry makes Crested Butte a leading outdoor destination for mountain biking, hiking, fly fishing, wildflower viewing, and, in winter, challenging skiing at the Crested Butte Mountain Resort.

Crested Butte is approximately 30 minutes from Gunnison, 1 ½ hours from Montrose, and just over 4 hours from Denver.