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Manitou Chamber Music Festival & String Quartet Program

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Jeri Jorgensen, Founder and Director
Cullan Bryant, Artistic Director

2017 SEASON ~ JULY 16-30

Join us for our 4th season of exceptional and inspiring chamber music ​​in the foothills of the Colorado Rockies

​The Manitou Chamber Music Festival & String Quartet Program is a one-of-a-kind two week mentoring program for string chamber music. It is uniquely tailored to equip young chamber musicians to be competitive on a national level. At our two week musical retreat, you will prepare and perform one complete string quartet and one complete string quintet or piano quintet, have two daily coachings and rehearsal with world-class faculty, study your repertoire from a historical/theoretical perspective, attend classes and concerts, and perform for enthusiastic audiences. Although the Manitou Chamber Music Festival is geared toward established groups, experienced individual chamber musicians are encouraged to apply as we will consider exceptional individuals on a limited basis. Because the high quality of our program requires a substantial amount of direct interaction with our faculty, we accept only a small number of applicants. We encourage you to apply early for your best chance of admission.

Our Faculty

Jeri Jorgensen, violinist
Cullan Bryant, pianist
Shelly Tramposh, violist
Richard von Foerster, cellist

The Location

Nestled at the foot of Pikes Peak, Manitou Springs is a quaint small town that comes alive in the summer. Charming shops and buildings dating from the heyday of silver mining line the twisting streets. The main concert venue, St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, is a historic stone church dating from 1870. Classes and coachings take place at the Manitou Art Center.

Food and Lodging

Out-of-area students will stay with host families in private homes. Local students will commute. All lunches and most dinners will be provided in a communal setting.


In order to attract the highest level of talent, all participant fees are subsidized to keep them below the actual costs of running our program.
Application fee (non-refundable): $120 per quartet; $30 per individual
Full-day Tuition: $650 per person includes:
    Daily coaching sessions
    Rehearsal space
    Concert production for student groups
    Repertoire consultation
    Tickets to faculty concerts

​Half-day Tuition: $450 per person includes
    Daily coaching sessions
    Rehearsal space
    Concert production for student groups
    Repertoire consultation
    Tickets to faculty concerts

Room and board
    2 meals per day are provided
    Students from out of town will be housed with host families

    Transportation to and from the airport will be provided at no additional cost for those who need it.

Additional expenses
    Students will need to provide their own sheet music and scores (the edition will be specified).
    Spending money for incidentals and 1 meal per day
    Private lessons may be arranged with individual faculty members for an additional fee.


Music to be studied will be chosen by the artistic director in consultation with the groups prior to arrival at the festival. Individual parts must be prepared in advance.

Faculty Performances

Performances are in Manitou Springs, 7:30pm, with more details available on the ticketing site. The four performances are listed below. Just click the 'Buy Tickets' link to reserve your tickets now!

July 18:
    Mendelssohn Piano Quartet no 2 in F minor, Op 2
    Harbison Nov. 19, 1828, Hallucination in Four Episodes for piano and string trio
    Schubert Quintet in A major for piano, viola, cello and double bass, D 667 "The Trout"

July 21:
    Clarke Sonata for viola and piano
    Halvorsen Passacaglia for violin and viola based on Passacaglia from Suite #6 by Handel
    Liszt Tristia for piano trio, S 378c
    Ravel Piano Trio in A minor, M 67

July 25:
    Chopin Sonata in G minor for cello and piano, Op 65
    Sibelius String Trio in G minor, JS 210
    Brahms Trio in A minor for piano, viola and cello, Op 114

July 28:
    Schoenberg String Quartet in D Major, "Op 0"
    Szymanowski Sonata in D minor for violin and piano, Op 9
    Szymanowski Nocturne and Tarantella for violin and piano, Op 28
    Dohnanyi Piano Quintet #2 in E-flat minor, Op 26

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Please join us for these unforgettable performances. We hope to see you there!

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