Chaparral Chamber Music Workshop
Friday June 2 - Sunday June 4, 2017

Great music, great food, great fun!

Trinity Presbyterian Church, 630 Park Ave
Prescott, AZ 86303

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

FUN weekend workshop in historic Prescott features mountain air, homemade meals and great music for piano, string, percussion, woodwind & brass players age 15 onwards. No previous chamber music experience needed.

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. Performed groups are welcome!

The Chaparral 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 5 at 3:00 pm at Trinity Presbyterian Church. Participants have the option of performing pieces explored during the workshop. The faculty, Seventh Roadrunner Ensemble, will also perform.


For information email: or phone 480-980-6516

The Course fee of $205.00 includes coaching, sheet music, Friday dinner, Saturday lunch, 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 and the J.S. Acker Trust.
Catering provided by Valerie Wiesner of Mountain Meadows Catering.


  • Course Fee: $205.00
  • If participant is under 18 on June 2, 2017, and participant has a Prescott Mailing Address, Acker Trust Fund Scholarship applies: subtract $40
  • Do not let the fee prevent you from applying. A limited number of scholarships 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 Chaparral Chamber Music Workshop

Registration deadline: May 25, 2017. Late registration possible pending space availability.

Click Here to Register and Pay Online

Housing options: (book early, some hotels are already full for June)
Best Western Prescottonian, 1317 E. Gurley St, Prescott 86301. Ph 928-445-3096
Block of 6 rooms is being saved thru
midnight May 18, 2017 for “Chaparral Chamber Music Workshop.” Rate for Friday and Saturday: $143.99 plus tax. Sunday: $98.99 plus tax.
Rooms are one king bed or two queen beds. Each room has fridge, microwave, coffee maker. Full hot breakfast buffet is included.

Comfort Inn Ponderosa Pines, 1290 White Spar Rd., Prescott, AZ 86303-7230. Ph 928-778-5770
Block of 6 rooms is being saved thru midnight May 17, 2017 for "Chaparral Chamber Music Workshop." Rate is $80.00 plus tax.
Rooms are all one king bed. Copier & FAX available for guest use. Free wi-fi, free continental breakfast included.

Prescott Resort and Conference Center, 1500 AZ-69 Prescott, AZ 86301 Ph 800-967-4637
Block of rooms is being saved. Rate is $119.00 for one king or two queen beds. Suites (sleep 3-4) are $129.00. On-site restaurant, pool, spa services, etc. Non-smoking hotel.

Find other Prescott housing options at:

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

Detailed Schedule:

Friday June 2
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 3
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 4
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 -->