Thank you all for a wonderful 2018 workshop!

Check back soon for details about our 2019 Intersection.

Intersection 2018

An Intensive Chamber Music Workshop | Learning and Performing the Music of Our Time

Thank you for an absolutely wonderful experience!
— -INTERSECTION participant

Join us for a unique opportunity to enrich your chamber music skills and understanding. Receive coaching from experienced, consummate musicians in both contemporary and traditional classical music. 

Collaborate with Bay Area composers and chamber musicians to explore and perform new compositions written especially for this program.  This is our fifth year!

INTERSECTION is an innovative chamber music workshop designed by the musicians of the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble for adult amateur musicians who are fascinated and delighted by the prospect of being part of the creation of new works while gaining new insights into the traditional classical repertoire. This intensive program will familiarize participants with the sometimes-intimidating techniques and practices of playing new music by accessible, living composers and offer a fresh look at familiar chamber music masterpieces.


Each individual is assigned a chamber ensemble; each ensemble is assigned a traditional classical work along with a new work specifically composed for them by one of these Bay Area composers: John Bilotta, Durwynne Hsieh, John Ivers, winners of our 2018 Intersection Composition contest.  Left Coast Chamber Ensemble players and the composers work with each group in three 2 hour coaching sessions between Jan. 5 and Feb. 9, 2018 (scheduled by the participants).   That will be followed by a weekend workshop and performance Feb. 10 and 11, 2018

For details see the attached brochure or our website:

The Weekend Intensive

Over the weekend of February 10 & 11, 2018, Left Coast Chamber Ensemble (LCCE) will present an intensive workshop with all participants, composers, and LCCE coaches.  The workshop will culminate in a concert Sunday evening. 


Small ensemble coached rehearsals starts January 5, 2018

Intensive weekend is February 10 & 11, 2018


American Baptist Seminary of the West
2606 Dwight Way (at Benvenue), Berkeley, CA 94704


Open to the following instruments: violin, viola, cello, bass, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, french horn, piano, percussion, guitar

Must be at least 21 years of age

Must have played the instrument you are applying on for at least 2 years

Pre-formed groups are encouraged to apply!

Weekend Intensive Preliminary Schedule

Saturday Feb 10, 2018

10 – 11:30 Check in, ensemble rehearsal, and coaching. 

11:30 – 12:30 Feldenkrais Workshop 

12:30–1 LUNCH (provided on site) 

1–3:30 Masterclass/Dress Rehearsals 

Sunday FeB 11, 2018

5:00 Warm-ups 

6–8 Concert/Reception 

Participant Timeline

Application deadline September 15, 2017

Skype/in person interview ongoing until September 20, 2017

Chamber Ensembles assigned and composers work on pieces September 20 – December 1, 2017

All music distributed December 1, 2017 (1 traditional classical repertoire work, 1 newly composed small ensemble piece)

Final payment due December 1, 2017

Rehearsals start January 5, 2018

Weekend Intensive February 10 & 11, 2018


Fee for Intersection is $415

$208 due upon application submission

$207 balance due December 1, 2017

Admission is on a first come, first served basis taking into account ensemble and instrument distribution needs. Refunds will not be given if an applicant cancels after the start of the workshop. An administrative fee will apply for cancellations prior to the start of the event.


This unique workshop is funded in part by a generous grant from ACMP - The Chamber Music Network.


  Rehearsals Jan 5 to Feb 9, 2018 Intensive: Feb 10 and Feb 11 2018    for more information, contact Phyllis Kamrin at    Download brochure

Rehearsals Jan 5 to Feb 9, 2018
Intensive: Feb 10 and Feb 11 2018

for more information, contact Phyllis Kamrin at

Download brochure

Application Form

Name *
Phone *
Lunch and snacks are provided on Saturday, Feb 11, 2017.

After submitting your application

1. Pay the fee
You may pay with a credit card (see below) OR send a check to:

Left Coast Chamber Ensemble
55 Taylor St
San Francisco, CA 94102

2. Set up an interview

All new applicants are required to participate in a 15-minute Skype interview with a member of the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble. In person interviews are also available.  Please contact (510) 548-3627 to set up a convenient time.

Pay for Intersection

Fee for Intersection is $415:

$208 due upon application submission
$207 balance due by 12/1/17

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