This might have been a very tentative year for NCCMI. Instead, we came roaring out of the pandemic restrictions with exuberance and joy. 23 inspiring teachers mentored 91 students in 23 small ensembles! Our young artists learned and performed music by a diverse range of composers, from Beethoven to Jessie Montgomery. We performed in over 60 events, returning to libraries, parks and churches throughout the Wake County area and beyond. Artists from the NC Symphony and Chamber Music Raleigh presented master classes and workshops that enriched musicians’ love for chamber music. Our faculty artist series returned with two major programs that highlighted local composers and the amazing diversity of chamber music. And musicians of all ages “stretched themselves” by performing- and often winning in- competitions. Looking back, it was truly a life-affirming and shared artistic journey. We can hardly wait for next year!