Workshops & Master Classes

Workshops and master classes provide fantastic educational opportunities to supplement ensemble rehearsals and coachings. While ensembles are only required to perform in one workshop or masterclass, students are encouraged to attend as many as possible!

In a masterclass, a group performs in front of an audience. A NCCMI coach or guest artist will then discuss the performance and give professional advice. Previous master classes have featured internationally renowned artists such as violinist James Ehnes, Pulitzer Prize–winning composer (and North Carolina native) Caroline Shaw, and the Eroica Trio. Master classes may be sponsored by NCCMI, Chamber Music Raleigh, or other organizations. Student groups must audition to be invited to perform but are always encouraged to audit these classes free of charge.

Workshops are typically centered around a single topic, such as enjoyable sight reading with staff, audition preparation practice, or a specific instrumental focus. The final workshop of the 2023–24 season will be a “Violin to Viola” workshop on April 21, where violin students can learn the basics of playing the viola. See our calendar for more information.