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.  Students are generally 10-18 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.

**Advanced students under the age of 10 who wish to apply are encouraged to write to, to be advised on a case-by-case basis.

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

Apply and Audition

Applications will open for Fall 2018 on June 15th.  Applicants will be able to submit an application form, pay an application fee and schedule an audition through our website. As of now, we tentatively expect auditions to be held during the afternoon of Sunday, August 19th, with an application deadline of Sunday, April 12th.   Please email us at with any additional questions.

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.