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April 7, 2013

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April 7, 2013

The Delaware Chamber Music Festival has been renamed "Chamber Music Connection" (CMC) and is currently hosted in Worthington, Ohio. It has been going strong for twenty years and provides year-round after school programming dedicated to the study and performance of chamber music to over 1000 students per year.

I have seven kids, and we have participated in many youth programs: scouting, club sports, church activities, chess club, drama, school orchestra, etc. CMC is the best thing I have ever seen for educating a child's mind, heart, and soul. CMC students develop a talent (music) but they also grow up in the program. They make friends, but they also learn how to listen to each other, work together, and build consensus with their peers. They learn to be responsible for and to each other. The music they produce is magical. Every concert makes me cry (from awesomeness).

CMC students have developed musical outreaches to kids in homeless shelters. They play regularly at The Ohio State School for the Blind and our local Children's Hospital Benefit. CMC students are growing up to do great things in the world.

The Chamber Music Connection is the best non-profit ever! It's effects are revolutionary. For a distracted generation which takes short-cuts, and thinks it can get whatever it wants because video games offer instant gratification and ways to cheat, Chamber Music teaches another way. There is no cheating in music, and there are no results without hard work. Chamber music in particular, in which the students play in small groups, with no conductor and one person on each part, demands attention, deep listening, and present-mindedness.

CMC is unique! It is a connection between children and professionals that rarely happens in any other activity. Artistic Director, Deborah Price, has developed the programs and, using her musical connections, has engineered residencies with world-class artists for these students. When world-class chamber music professionals come to perform in Columbus, Ohio, they often come to coach our student groups. They report that there is nothing else like this program in the country!

The CMC students are not an elite group of prodigies. They are performing at all levels. We have children as young as six and seven. CMC is open to the all music students; no audition is required. It serves both dedicated young musicians who are planning performance careers, as well as casual students who just want to play music with friends and improve on their instruments.

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January 30, 2012

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January 29, 2011

As former secretary of the board of the Delaware Chamber Music Festival, I can attest that this organization is always seeking ways to serve the community with outstanding musical productions. Each y... more

January 30, 2012

As a former board member and avid concert goer of the Delaware Chamber Music Festival, I am pleased to recommend this non-profit highly.The Festival is committed to offering the highest quality chamber music to Delaware listeners at the lowest possible prices. Musicians from the Philadelphia orchestra and the University of Delaware rehearse tirelessly to perform outstanding concerts for two weeks every June. In addition to performing the classics, they often offer new compositions so that younger composers get a chance to have their music performed. The DCMF is a jewel that helps Delaware to keep a high profile in the arts community.

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2011

January 29, 2011

As former secretary of the board of the Delaware Chamber Music Festival, I can attest that this organization is always seeking ways to serve the community with outstanding musical productions. Each year the DCMF puts on a festival of four concerts every June, but even more important, perhaps, are the Outreach Programs to children in the community. Dedicated musicians from the Philadelphia orchestra and the University of Delaware and the wider community give many hours of their time and energy to create highly professional concerts and activities. The DCMF is an outstanding organization that helps to keep classical and contemporary music alive in Delaware. It deserves the support of the community.

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I'd like to see DCMF team up with other arts organizations for a true festival of the arts in Wilmington--perhaps at the Christina Centre along the riverfront. I can imagine a day-long festival with paintings, sculptures, other musical organizations and opportunities for children and adults to participate along with the artists. I think the DCMF is great, but it needs to expand its audience to the larger community.

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