Emory Youth Chamber Music Program

The Emory Youth Chamber Music Program (EYCP) was founded by the Vega Quartet in 2006 to provide intensive small ensemble training to young Atlanta-area musicians.  Our students range from 12-17 years old, and are placed in groups of two to five musicians.  Over the course of the semester, groups receive eight coachings from members of the Vega Quartet, and are provided space at Emory University for independent rehearsals. At the end of the semester, groups participate in a masterclass for their peers as well as give a culminating performance in Emory University's Emerson Hall.

A cello quartet (l-r: Evan Nicholson, Mingdao Gavalda, Jordan Leslie and Will Goodwin) perform on the December 2016 concert.

Apply and Audition

After completing and submitting an application form and application fee, prospective students will audition for the Vega Quartet.  Auditions are held at Emory University in late August, and applicants will be accepted based on age and level of personal and ensemble experience.  If a student is interested in joining EYCP for the Spring semester, auditions can be arranged on a case-by-case basis by contacting the Vega Quartet directly at vega@vegaquartet.com. To see a sample application form and audition requirements, please click below.

EYCP students participate in a masterclass once a semester, performing for peers and colleagues.


Participants in EYCP receive eight coachings over the course of the semester from members of the Vega Quartet. Coachings generally take place on Sunday afternoons at Emory University, between 1-5:30pm. Groups receive a 1,5 hour coaching, as well as space for a 1.5 hour rehearsal on their own. The schedule is arranged between each group and their coach.

Participant Eugenia Lim and Vega violist Yinzi Kong perform Mozart's Duo in G, K. 423.

Why Chamber Music?

Through the study of chamber music, students learn how to both lead and support their colleagues, how to establish and fulfill short and long-term goals, practice how to deliver and receive constructive criticism, and articulate and advocate for their own ideas.  Furthermore, ensemble rehearsals and performances encourage responsibility, commitment and a sense of camaraderie. We believe that these skills are not limited to musical study and provide benefit in every field.