Sequoia Chamber Music Workshop

June 16-22, 2024
At Cal Poly Humboldt in Arcata, California USA

An experience unlike any other...

The Sequoia Chamber Music Workshop is a unique opportunity for young musicians to study and perform at least four different works with four different chamber groups over the course of a six-day session.

Since 1972, Sequoia’s goal has been to offer young musicians ages 13 to 20 the opportunity to develop their technical skills and passion for music through a program of total immersion in the world of chamber music.

Quartet with instructorsInstead of focusing on a single “command performance” at the conclusion of the workshop, Sequoia provides each participant with the opportunity to perform four times during each six-day session. Each day students are assigned to a different coach and a different group of musicians, ranging in size from a trio to an octet. They participate in supervised sight-reading sessions, intensive coaching sessions — totaling up to five and a half hours a day — and nightly public performances in an informal setting.

These performances encourage mutual support, emphasizing the non-competitive learning experience that is at the heart of the program. After performances, students who haven’t had their fill of chamber music often pull together for spontaneous “freelancing” sessions during which they sight-read music of their own choosing from the vast chamber music library at Cal Poly Humboldt.

Participants also attend daily theory/aural skills and master classes that cover a wide range of topics related to chamber music, from historical performance techniques to self-coaching strategies for chamber music groups.

Map of California showing location of Arcata/Cal Poly Humboldt

With a coach for each instrument type and a student/faculty ratio of less than five to one, Sequoia has inspired thousands of future professional and amateur musicians with a lifelong love of chamber music. Sequoia alumni have attended every major music school in the country and are currently performing with such ensembles as the Baltimore, Detroit, Charlotte, Utah and Alabama Symphonies, the San Francisco Opera, and the Cypress and Miro String Quartets.

Sequoia takes place on the campus of Cal Poly Humboldt in Arcata on California's North Coast

For more information, contact the director:

Dr. Bill Harrington, DMA
(510) 507-9738 for more information and to be added to the mailing list

Accepting applications through May 15!