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Auditions for LIU Post Chamber Music Festival Begin April 22

31st summer season offers three weeks of performance and educational opportunities for talented music students, young professionals and music educators


Susan Deaver,Festival Director

Chamber Music Festival Concert at TillesBrookville, N.Y. – Auditions for the 31st Summer Season of the LIU Post Chamber Music Festival will begin on April 22 and continue with audition dates on May 6, 7, 20 and 21 and June 3, 4 and 11, or by special appointment. The LIU Post Chamber Music Festival offers gifted music students (ages 10 to 18), college/conservatory students and young professionals the opportunity to study and perform in a rich musical environment.  Festival faculty includes The Pierrot Consort, the faculty ensemble-in-residence at LIU Post, with additional faculty and special guest artists including well-known guest artist Larry Dutton, violist with the Emerson String Quartet.

To schedule an audition, call the LIU Post Chamber Music Festival at (516) 299-2103 or visit the Festival's website to download an application and the 2012 Festival Information Booklet. The LIU Post Chamber Music Festival is available on a non-credit basis or participants may elect to earn undergraduate or graduate credits for participation.  High school students may earn college credit through the High School Enrichment Program.

The Festival, one of the region's premier musical events, will be held July 9 to 27 at the LIU Post in Brookville, N.Y. The primary focus of the Festival is the study and performance of standard instrumental chamber music, including string quartets, woodwind quintets and mixed chamber ensembles. Also included are a series of instrumental and performance master classes, a concerto competition, chamber orchestras, and a series of public concerts at Hillwood Recital Hall and Tilles Center for the Performing Arts featuring The Pierrot Consort and guest artists; the Festival Chamber Orchestra and chamber music performed by Festival Participants. This year's Festival will also include educational residencies with David Alan Miller, Music Director and Conductor of the Albany Symphony and members of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.

Approximately 120 instrumentalists will be selected through auditions to participate in the three-week festival. The LIU Post Chamber Music Festival includes various categories of participation - an Artistry Program for young professionals and pre-formed chamber ensembles; a Performance Program for college & conservatory musicians; an Advanced Program for students ages 15 to 18 and a Seminar Program for students ages 9 to 14.

The Festival's commitment to music education and chamber music is the focus of the Advancement of Chamber Music Program for music educators who are interested in developing chamber music programs at their schools, or who are interested in expanding existing programs.

In addition to chamber music, the Festival includes musicianship classes, individual master classes, chamber music performance classes and a conducting program -- an overview of conducting and rehearsal techniques, score study, musical style and full orchestral and chamber orchestral repertoire. Conducting participants attend master classes, receive training with the Conductors' Ensemble and actively observe rehearsals of the Festival Chamber Orchestra. 

The non-refundable application/audition fee is $35. Festival fees and tuition vary with scheduled participation and programs. Scholarships, fellowships and Tilles Center Scholar Awards are available.

For more information about the LIU Post Chamber Music Festival, contact Susan Deaver, Festival director or Dale Stuckenbruck, assistant director at (516) 299-2103 or visit the Festival Web site at

The faculty ensemble-in-residence at LIU Post

Formed in 1981, The Pierrot Consort is celebrating its 31st season as the faculty ensemble-in-residence at LIU Post. Pierrot Consort members flutist Susan Deaver and cellist Maureen Hynes founded the LIU Post Chamber Music Festival. In addition to its regular concert series at LIU Post, The Pierrot Consort has performed at Merkin Concert Hall, Weill Recital Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Bartok Society at Saranac Lake, the Bruce Museum in Greenwich, Conn., and the Stockbridge Chamber Concerts in Great Barrington, Mass., the St. Paul Chapel Series at Columbia University and for the Islip Arts Council. The Pierrot Consort performed at the UAlbany Performing Arts Center as part of an artist-in-residency exchange program. The artist members of the ensemble are actively involved in the musical life of New York City and have a commitment to the educational life of Long Island. The members of The Pierrot Consort are Susan Deaver, flute; Dale Stuckenbruck, violin; Veronica Salas, viola; Maureen Hynes, cello and Heawon Kim, piano. The Pierrot Consort is a member of Chamber Music America. The 31st Summer Season of the LIU Post Chamber Music Festival will be held from July 9 through July 27, 2012. Updated information can be found at the Festival's Web site at

Posted 04/16/2012

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