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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 “Masterpieces for Clarinet, Cello, and Piano” with clarinetist Laura DeLuca, cellist Mara Finkelstein, and pianist Jane Harty, including music by Brahms and Piazzolla, and elegant Spanish treats, on Sunday, Jan. 26th.
  • Dalcroze Class and Sight-reading sessions
  • Delicious catered lunch on the first Saturday
  • Wine and cheese reception following Camp Recital

Welcome to the 2020 Music Northwest Adult Chamber Music Camp! Those of you who have attended in past years know how much fun we have at our Camp and the high level of music making that develops over just a few days of rehearsals and coaching. If you are new to our Camp, we’d love to have you join us. Come with a group, or on your own and we will try to match you up!

Our Coaches

Jane Harty, pianist, is the Artistic Director of Music Northwest. She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Southern California and directs the highly acclaimed Music Northwest Concert Series. Her teachers included Blanche Bascourret de Gueraldi, a student of Cortot; Joanna Graudan, a student of Schnabel; and Nadia Boulanger. Her decades of university graduates are teachers and performers throughout the United States.

Violinist Grant Donnellan is Chair of Strings at Western Washington State University. He received a Bachelor of Music in Performance from Oberlin Conservatory and a Performance Certificate and Master of Music degree from Yale School of Music. Grant has performed with numerous symphony orchestras, including performances on recordings and European tours as a member of the American Sinfonietta. He has been a guest artist at the Olympic Music Festival, the Governor’s Recital Series, and the Bellingham Festival of Music.

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.

Clarinetist Laura DeLuca  joined the Seattle Symphony in 1986, and is a co-founding member of Seattle Chamber Players since 1989.  A versatile musician and collaborator, her true passion is playing chamber music of all different styles and genres including klezmer music. Performances with Seattle Chamber Players have taken her to festivals in China, Costa Rica, Moscow, Italy, Denmark, The Netherlands, Estonia and Poland.  Additional engagements  include regular performances and recordings with Music of Remembrance (MOR) and Icicle Creek Music Festival.

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, and 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.