North Carolina Chamber Music Institute

2021–22 Registration is now live!

Early bird discount available!

What is NCCMI?

NCCMI is an organized serious program for small ensembles, with many performance opportunities. Proven to build leadership and musical skills, it is fun, challenging and engaging with the whole community. Chamber music is hands-down THE best way for young musicians to learn their craft. Composers like Beethoven and Shostakovich created many of their masterpieces for small ensembles of 4 players called string quartets. Fast forward to the jazz era, and we see jazz combos of 4 instruments. Whatever the style, THIS is chamber music.

2020–21 Highlights
Virtual masterclasses with international violin soloist James Ehnes and Pulitzer Prize–winning composer Caroline Shaw
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2020–21 Highlights
Outdoor pop-up concerts featuring NCCMI student ensembles
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2020–21 Highlights
NCCMI ensembles continue to rehearse and receive coachings from top classically trained professionals – with adaptations for the health and safety of our students and teachers
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NCCMI student playing the piano


  • Coaching by top classically trained professionals.
  • Unique musical and leadership training in small ensembles.
  • Enhanced teamwork with broad range of musical styles.
  • The joy of public performance.
  • Fun, yet challenging!
NCCMI is funded in part by the City of Raleigh based on recommendations of the Raleigh Arts Commission. In addition, NCCMI is supported by the United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County, as well as the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.