We're excited to begin our 13th season! Over the years, more than 130 students have studied and performed at least 140 pieces of music, under the direction of dozens of faculty members. We've hosted many guest ensembles and a variety of wonderful guest artists. Our performances have reached audiences at three Arkansas universities, churches and other public venues.
We believe that performance is at the core of a musician's education. Students at the Faulkner Chamber Music Festival experience a rigorous yet supportive learning environment that culminates in numerous opportunities to perform for each other and for the public. To get the most out of these opportunities, students receive coachings for several hours each day, as well as participate in sessions that explore music from every angle. Our students learn from each other, and make friendships that last a lifetime. This camp is intended for students with at least three years of playing experience. Feel free to inquire about the camp's appropriateness.
The festival is hosted by and located at the University of Arkansas-Little Rock. Rehearsals, and coachings take place in the Fine Arts Building and performances and masterclasses are held in the building's Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall.
Three years ago, the Faulkner Chamber Music Festival merged with the Chamber Music Society of Little Rock, which now oversees all festival activities. The Chamber Music Society presents world-class artists who enrich cultural life in Arkansas by performing great works of chamber music and providing intensive educational and collaborative experiences for young musicians.
Faculty give students historical and musical foundations for understanding and preparing their performance pieces.
In learning repertoire and preparing for performance, students learn how to effectively express their ideas, collaborate, and compromise.
Masterclasses give ensembles a chance to perform and get instant feedback from faculty on how to improve their performance.