Music Northwest invites adult musicians to spend two weekends in intensive chamber music rehearsals and classes with outstanding Northwest coaches.  A minimum of at least 3 years of experience on an instrument is required.  (strings, woodwinds, french horn, piano.)

Our program features coached rehearsals with artist-teachers.

Already formed groups are welcome or we will match you up with an appropriate group.

For players wishing to be placed in a group, please send a brief recording.

For more information, please contact: Jane Harty, Director at



Only the application fee ($25) is due with your registration form. You will be billed for tuition upon acceptance. 

$295 Early Bird Tuition* (If application is received by October 1)

$325 Regular Tuition*

10% discount for bringing a family member!

*Does not include $25 non-refundable application fee

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2020 Dates

Fridays, Jan. 24 & Jan. 31: 6:30pm – 9:30pm

Saturdays, Jan. 25 & Feb. 1: 10:00am – 4:00pm

The Workshop will culminate in a Recital for family and friends in the lovely acoustics and beautiful surroundings of First Lutheran Church of West Seattle

Camp Recitals and Master Classes

Workshop includes:

  • Free ticket to “Vive la France” with flutist Robin Peery and pianist Jane Harty, including elegant French treats, on Sunday, Jan. 27th.
  • Dalcroze Class and Sight-reading sessions
  • Delicious catered lunch on the first Saturday
  • Wine and cheese reception following Camp Recital

2019 Coaches are listed below and will be updated!

Jane Harty, pianist, is the Artistic Director of Music Northwest. She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from USC and directs the highly acclaimed Music Northwest Concert Series. Her teachers have included internationally-known proteges of Alfred Cortot and Artur Schnabel, and she participated in the classes of Nadia Boulanger. She has served on the music faculty of Pacific Lutheran University.

Joseph Gottesman, violist, is Director of Chamber Music Studies at the Seattle Conservatory of Music. His performing career has taken him to a wide variety of settings. He has toured most of the United States, as well as Central America and the Far East. In 2006 he was chosen as the viola soloist for Lincoln Center’s production of Bernarda Alba and performed as violist for the Broadway productions of Aida, Bombay Dreams, 110 in the Shade, as well as the national company of Phantom of the Opera.  Mr. Gottesman served as Professor of Viola at Western Washington University.

Mara Finkelstein studied cello at the Gnessin College of Music and the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow, Russia. She moved to the United States in 1989. An active freelance musician, she has performed with the Seattle Symphony, Seattle Opera, Cornish Chamber Series, Northwest Sinfonietta Chamber Orchestra, Federal Way Philharmonic Orchestra, Fear No Music 20th Century Ensemble and Seattle International Music Festival. She is very dedicated to a large class of private students.

Violinist, Marjorie Kransberg-Talvi, studied at the Juilliard School with Sally Thomas and Dorothy DeLay. In 1976, she became a pupil of Jascha Heifetz at the University of Southern California. She served as Concertmaster and Resident Artistic Director for the Northwest Chamber Orchestra. With her husband, concert violinist Ilkka Talvi, she maintains an active and thriving teaching schedule.This is her third season as Concertmaster for the Federal Way Symphony.

Robin Peery, flute,  is a graduate of The Juilliard School where she was a student of Julius Baker.  She is currently the Principal Flute of the Carmel Bach Festival.  She performs regularly with the Seattle Symphony and Seattle Opera. This season she is appearing with Emerald City Music and also guest performing with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.  In addition, Robin frequently records with numerous Seattle ensembles for movies and television, as well as maintaining a private teaching studio.

Learning music through movement, singing, and improvising is the heart of the work of Emile Jaques Dalcroze. Molly Porterfield was introduced to the Dalcroze Eurhythmics world at the Longy School of Music. She has degrees in Music Theory and Composition from Lewis and Clark as well as Jazz Piano Performance from Berklee School of Music. She continued Dalcroze studies at Juilliard as well as numerous national conferences. She teaches students of all ages, including for the Portland Public School district and Portland Youth Philharmonic.

Miriam Shames, cellist, earned a BA in Literature from Yale University and a Masters degree in Cello Performance from Juilliard and spent the following 12 years working in arts administration, including 5 years as Director of the Piatigorsky Foundation.  She has served as Principal cellist of Philharmonia Northwest, Assistant Principal of the Tacoma Symphony, and has played with Pacific Northwest Ballet,  and the Northwest Sinfonietta. Currently, Miriam maintains a busy private teaching studio and is director of Carlsen Cello Foundation, a non profit that loans fine cellos to deserving and talented students who cannot afford their own instrument.

Since his arrival in Seattle in 1979, flutist Paul Taub has been a leading performer of classical and contemporary music in the Northwest. H has served as Professor of Music at Cornish College of the Arts, snf is a founding member and Executive Director of the Seattle Chamber Players. Very active in musical projects with former republics of the Soviet Union, Paul has toured in Russia four times and has also performed in Greece, France, Estonia, Poland, Ukraine, Costa Rica and at universities and colleges all over the United States and Canada.