Intersection 2020

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 seventh 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: Sarah Grace Graves, Vance Maverick, and Davide Verotta, winners of our 2020 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. 15, 2020 (scheduled by the participants). That will be followed by a weekend workshop and performance February 15 and 16, 2020.

For details see the attached brochure or our website:

The Weekend Intensive

Over the weekend of February 15 & 16, 2020, 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, 2020

Intensive weekend is February 15 & 16, 2020


The Crowden Music Center
1475 Rose Street (at Sacramento), Berkeley, CA


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 15, 2020

4 – 5:30 Check in, ensemble rehearsal, and coaching. 

5:30 – 6:30 Extended Techniques Workshop 

6:30 - 7:00 Light Dinner (provided on site) 

7–9:30 Masterclass/Dress Rehearsals 

Sunday FeB 10, 2019

3:00-5:30 Additional Coaching and Warm-Up

6–8 Concert/Reception 

Participant Timeline

Application deadline September 15, 2019

Chamber Ensembles assigned and composers work on pieces September 20 – December 1, 2019

All music distributed December 1, 2019 (1 traditional classical repertoire work, 1 newly composed small ensemble piece)

Final payment due December 1, 2019

Rehearsals start January 5, 2020

Weekend Intensive February 15 & 16, 2020


Fee for participating in Intersection is $435

$218 due with application

$217 balance due December 1, 2019

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 December 1. An administrative fee will apply for cancellations before Dec. 1.


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

Rehearsals Jan 5 to Feb 14, 2020 Intensive: Feb 15 and Feb 16 2020    For more information, contact Phyllis Kamrin at    Download brochure

Rehearsals Jan 5 to Feb 14, 2020
Intensive: Feb 15 and Feb 16 2020

For more information, contact Phyllis Kamrin at

Download brochure

Application Form

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Dinner and snacks are provided on Saturday, Feb 15, 2020.

After submitting your application

1. Pay the participation 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 $435:

$217 due upon application submission
$218 balance due by 12/1/19

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