Chaparral MusicFest Chamber Music Workshop
Friday June 5 - Sunday June 7, 2015

Yavapai College Music Building, 1100 E. Sheldon Street
Prescott, AZ 86301

Faculty: Seventh Roadrunner Ensemble-Dr. Brian Viliunas, clarinet, Dr. Andrew O’Brien, piano; Dr. Katherine Shields, viola/violin

Enjoyable weekend workshop in historic Prescott features mountain air, homemade meals and great music for piano, string, percussion, woodwind & brass players age 15 onwards.

Players will read enjoyable music and experience new repertoire through informal performances, all in a relaxing, collegial atmosphere. Musicians will play several pieces of different instrumentation and leave with fresh ideas for repertoire to explore over the coming year.

The Chaparral MusicFest Chamber Music Workshop has adopted a new format similar to the long-running Humboldt, CA workshop. In each session block, participants convene in their assigned group, read through 2-5 movements or pieces selected for them, and choose one on which to focus. At the session’s end groups convene in the common space to play five minute segments of their chosen work for each other. After a refreshment break, players gather in their next group with new repertoire. Three “Chamber Clinics” - non-playing sessions on musical topics - allow players to rest their fingers and stretch their minds.

The Chamber Music Workshop culminates in a Celebration Concert Sunday, June 7 at 3:00 pm. Participants are welcome to perform a previously prepared piece (piano accompaniment is available) or a piece they explored during the workshop. The faculty, Seventh Roadrunner Ensemble, will also perform.

The Program fee of $195 includes coaching, sheet music, Friday dinner, Saturday lunch, tee shirt, great experience and great fun!

Seventh Roadrunner Ensemble is on the Teaching Artists Roster of the Arizona Commission on the Arts.

The Chamber Music Workshop is made possible through the generosity of ACMP-The Chamber Music Network.


  • Course Fee: $195
  • If participant is under 18 on June 9, 2015, and participant has a Prescott Mailing Address, Acker Trust Fund Scholarship applies: subtract $40
  • Fee includes Friday dinner, Saturday lunch, sheet music and performance shirt.
  • Do not let the fee prevent you from applying. A limited amount of scholarship funds are available and will be awarded on a first-come first-serve basis. Contact Dr. Katherine Shields at or 480-980-6516
  • Teachers attending will be given a certificate for 13.5 clock hours of workshop attendance for Chamber Music Workshop


On-campus housing registration is closed.

Participants have the option of making their own arrangements at area motels and hotels.

Workshop Registration

Registration deadline: May 20, 2015

Click Here to Register and Pay Online

(to have a registration form mailed to you, please
phone Dr. Katherine Shields at 480-980-6516 or email

Detailed Schedule:

Friday June 5
1:00-2:00 - Sign in and jam!
2:00-2:30 - Orientation
2:30-4:30 - Session 1 (break included)
4:30-6:30 - Session 2 (break included)
6:30-7:15 - Dinner (catered)
7:15-8:30 - Session 3 (break included)

Saturday, June 6
9:00-11:00 - Session 4 (break included)
11:00-12:00 - Workshop: Intonation
12:00-12:30 - Lunch (catered)
12:30-2:00 - Session 5 (break included)
2:00-3:00 - Workshop: Rehearsing for fun and profit
3:00-4:15 - Session 6

Sunday, June 7
12:00-1:30 - Session 7 (break included)
1:30-2:30 - Concert set-up and soundcheck
2:30-3:00 - Break
3:00-4:30 - Celebration Concert & Reception

ACMP Self-Rating Guide:

Self-Rating Guide from ACMP: The Chamber Music Network (

These general grading categories enable players of similar skill levels to find each other. Use the following descriptions to determine your playing level. Plus or minus may be useful for greater precision.

Ask yourself which rating best applies to fellow musicians who enjoy playing with you. Keep in mind that you can always revise your grade as you improve and acquire more chamber music experience, or change it if lack of practice time affects your playing.

Feel free to add "+" or "-" to a letter to better describe your level.

"D" Novice/Beginner
You play a repertoire chosen to be within your technical limitations. On a first reading, you usually aim to get through the music and end together without too many stops and starts in between.

"C" Fair
You are in the process of exploring the standard repertoire, perhaps avoiding those works that are currently too technically challenging. You concentrate on not making major mistakes while reading an unfamiliar part, though you are aware of what the others are doing. You often slow down a fast movement for technical reasons.

"B" Good
You are quite familiar with portions of the standard repertoire (perhaps pieces from certain periods or for certain instrumental/vocal combinations). You generally sound good and sight-reading is not a problem. You usually pay attention to blend, balance, dynamics, and basic phrasing on a first reading.

"A" Excellent
You have extensive experience with and a strong command of the standard repertoire, from many time periods and for a variety of ensembles that include your instrument or voice. If your partners make a mistake, you can often bring them back in without stopping. You are a superior sight-reader and you consistently sound good (both in tune and at tempo). You already aim for cohesive musical expressiveness with attention to fine nuance on a first reading.

"Pro" Professional Musician
You perform professionally.

For questions regarding the Chamber Music Workshop, please contact Dr. Katherine Shields at 480-980-6516 or via email at