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Enriching Lives through Music and the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra held the second annual Summer Chamber Music Camp. Photo courtesy of ELM/Tim Porter

   Over the summer, Enriching Lives through Music, a 2021 Giving Marin grant recipient,  partnered with the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra to co-host their second annual Summer Chamber Music Camp. For two weeks, students met everyday to rehearse in small chamber music groups. 

   ELM leaders said chamber music is an ideal way for young musicians to gain confidence, self-esteem and joy through music making. With only one player on a part (unlike in orchestral settings), students cannot “hide” behind their stand-mates, and every musical voice is heard and valued. As chamber music is conductor-less, students learn valuable communication and feedback skills as they work together to craft their music.

   Andrea Lloyd, operations and development director at ELM, said the students love playing chamber music.  

   “We had such great feedback! One camper told us it was their favorite activity of the summer and how much fun it is  to play chamber music,” Lloyd said.

   On the last day of camp, the students’ accomplishments were celebrated with anl outdoor concert that featured performances from both ELM students and teaching artists from the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra. For more information, visit elmprogram.org.

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