The 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 at venues such as Emory University's Performing Arts Studio.

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

Apply and Audition

Applications for EYCP's 2017-18 season will be available beginning June 1st, and are due Sunday, August 20th. After completing and submitting both an application form and application fee, prospective students will be able to schedule a 10-minute live audition on a first-come, first-served basis. Auditions will be held at Emory University on Sunday, August 27th.   As we place students into ensembles for the duration of the semester, applicants will be accepted based on age and level of personal and ensemble experience.

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, and some flexibility may be possible on a case-by-case basis.  The concert and masterclass take place at the end of each semester, generally the third weekend of December and April.

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.