The beauty of chamber music is beneficial for all people. North Carolina Chamber Music Institute seeks to be welcoming to all students and members of the community. NCCMI is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to audience members and students with disabilities. We offer equal access to the curriculum, programs, and services, along with accessible facilities at partner organizations and performing locations.
Concert and Class Locations
Most of our concerts are free, open to the public and take place in buildings with accessible entrances. Wheelchair accessible seating is available in most halls where our groups perform.
Edenton Street United Methodist Church
ESUMC is the location for 4-8 concerts/events each year, as well as the location for a large number of the NCCMI weekly coaching sessions. This church is well set-up with ramps, elevators, wide doorways, and braille signs next to most doorways. There is a covered entrance to the accessible entrance including curb cuts and drive up area on the north/back side of the building.
Church of the Nativity
Other concerts take place at Church of the Nativity in North Raleigh that also has ramps and a single level accessibility plan including curb cuts. GPS Coordinates in Google Maps, Apple Maps and Mapquest are often incorrect for our church. The best way to find us by GPS is to enter 8849 Ray Road, Raleigh, NC 27613. We’re in North Raleigh, close to I-540 and near the corner of Ray Road and Strickland Road. The church that is visible from Ray Road is the First Korean Baptist Church. They share our driveway, but to reach Nativity you must continue straight down the driveway.
Other Concert Locations
Many of the NCCMI concerts take place at retirement communities. These facilities are well planned for wheelchair accessibility.
If a student has visual challenges, NCCMI can create large print sheet music parts. To assist those attending concerts that have difficulty in reading the written program, the NCCMI students use a microphone to make introductions and to announce their selections. They also often give verbal comments about the pieces. NCCMI will provide large print programs upon request.
Meeting Challenges to Access
To accommodate students who cannot get a ride to the audition location due to financial or logistical challenges, NCCMI directors conduct auditions at selected schools in the spring. For students facing the same challenges in their weekly sessions, the other families in that group are encouraged to meet near that student’s home. In some cases, they go to that student’s home for sessions. Some of the NCCMI events take place where students who might not have the opportunities for advanced musical study will have the chance to participate and enjoy the musical challenges of chamber music. These include mini-residencies with public schools and side-by-side concerts with Community Music School. Contact the Elizabeth Beilman at (919) 781-3863 for more information or to request accommodations.