Young Musicians Chamber Music Workshop

July 5 – July 9, 2016

Any new registrations for Young Musicians Chamber Camp for July 2016 will be waitlisted. If you would like to be considered for the waiting list, please contact our Registrar directly at


Midwest Young Artists’ Young Musicians Chamber Music Workshop is designed to be a one week, intensive experience for the advanced young chamber musician. Enrollment for the workshop is limited, allowing for in-depth and direct instruction from dedicated faculty.

The Young Musicians Chamber Music Workshop is held at the historic MYAC Center in Fort Sheridan at 878 Lyster Road, Highwood, IL. In this setting, young chamber musicians will develop and grow musically and technically.

The summer of 2016 is full of new and exciting opportunities for young string players, as the workshop will run concurrently with the first week of the Chicago Chamber Music Workshop! Students will receive daily chamber group coachings and immerse themselves in independent practice while also attending orchestra and performance classes. The workshop will conclude with a final recital in the evening on the last day of the session.

Click here to download a PDF brochure for the Young Musicians Chamber Music Workshop!

Sample Daily Schedule

Specific schedule, TBA

The Young Musicians Chamber Music Workshop meets from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 5 through Saturday, July 9. A typical day will consist of 2 hours of chamber music coaching, orchestra rehearsal, performance class, one hour of supervised practice, and 1 hour for lunch. Lunch is not provided by MYAC.

Important 2016 Dates

Saturday, July 9, Time TBA, MYAC Center: Final Recital


Rhona Reagen, Director

Rhona Reagen has been on faculty at MYAC since its inception in 1992. Rhona earned a B.M. summa cum laude and an M.S. with distinction from DePaul University. She is a former director of the Elmhurst College Suzuki Program and the Elmhurst College Music Therapy Clinic. Rhona is also a former faculty member of National Louis University. In 2008, Rhona was chosen as the ASTA studio teacher of the year by her colleagues and was in the first class of teachers certified in the O’Connor String Method. Currently, she maintains an active private Suzuki studio in Skokie and serves as workshop clinician and adjudicator throughout the state of Illinois. Rhona is also a part time instructor and sectional coach at Highland Park High School and coaches chamber music at several local high schools. In 2014 Rhona was appointed to the Illinois ASTA Board of Directors as State Chairperson for the ASTACAP National Exam. Rhona has been a member of the MYA Board of Directors since its inception and is currently serving on the Executive Board. Rhona has been fortunate to have had several excellent mentors including Dr. Allan Dennis, Dr. Milton Goldberg, Betty Haag, Dr. Thomas Brown, Thaddeus Kozuch, Terry Spina, Julian Leviton, Rebecca Sandrok, and Gwen Furbee Ying.


MYAC’s Young Musicians Chamber Music Workshop is open to violinists, violists, and cellists entering the 8th grade or lower as of Fall 2016*. Prior chamber music experience is not necessary, though it is expected that students be at a minimum level of experience (listed below) in order to benefit from the workshop.

Minimum Level of Experience

Violin: Suzuki Book 4 or equivalent

Viola: Suzuki Book 3 or equivalent

Cello: Suzuki Book 2 or equivalent

*Students must be taking private lessons.


Young Musician’s Chamber Music Workshop: $625

Financial Aid is available to those who qualify. Click here to apply for Financial Aid for the Young Musicians Chamber Music Workshop. We ask that the Financial Aid Application be received at the same time as the Secure Online Application.

Tuition is due in full by June 15, 2016. Tuition payments can be made here.

All summer deposits are non-refundable. Tuition payments are non-refundable unless a detailed medical Doctor’s note is submitted at least two weeks before the beginning of the workshop or camp; absolutely no refunds are issued after two weeks before the beginning of the camp.


Students wishing to participate in the Young Musicians Chamber Music Workshop must:

Applications are only reviewed when all materials are received. The Young Musicians Chamber Music Workshop is limited to 4 to 5 ensembles, and admission is conducted on a rolling basis. The suggested deadline for all materials is May 1, 2016.

*MYAC Orchestra students do not need to submit an audition video.

Audition Video Requirements

All applicants not in MYAC’s Orchestra Program must submit an audition video.

All audition videos must be clearly labeled with the student’s name, the title “2016 Young Musicians Chamber Music Workshop,” and must include:

  • One solo piece, preferably the most advanced the student has learned

Audition videos can be mailed as a DVD to 878 Lyster Road, Highwood, IL 60040 Att. Elizabeth Choi, or submitted as a link from a video sharing site (YouTube, Vimeo, etc.) on the Secure Online Application (Titled: Student Name 2016 Young Musicians Chamber Music Workshop.) Including a link in the Secure Online Application is preferred.


If you have any questions or require further information, please do not hesitate to contact Elizabeth Choi at (847) 926-9898 or

We hope to see you at the 2016 Young Musicians Chamber Music Workshop!