The DC Classical Chamber Music Players' Meetup group is a collection of classical musicians interested in playing chamber music for fun. While good music is the goal, the emphasis here is on fun and enjoyment! As of 2/14/15, we have 160 members, covering 17 different instruments. All musicians of all instruments, at the intermediate level or above, are welcome to join. (We do not accept membership requests from non-musicians.) There's no obligation to play at any given gathering, but you might quickly find yourself tempted to join in. Many who were reticent to attend, or thought they might just "sit and listen" found themselves playing at their first meeting. Nerves and feeling intimidated can be left at the doorstep. We're a collegial, congenial, non-competitive group; criticism and attitude are not welcome; everyone's best effort is gratefully accepted by all.
In addition to small ensemble play, we sponsor the DC Chamber Orchestra, which holds two concerts per year and has semi-monthly rehearsals September through May at a church conveniently located near public transportation, in downtown NW DC. Please read http://www.meetup.com/DC-Chamber-Music/mess... to learn more about orchestra participation.
IMPORTANT NOTE TO CLARINETISTS, FLUTISTS AND PIANISTS
We have a sizable number of flutists and clarinetists in the group. They are very active participants. Spots for those instruments in the orchestra (concerts) are generally already taken. And spots for those instruments in small ensemble gatherings fill up very quickly. Your best opportunity for play is either to host events, or to RSVP to available openings the moment they are announced. Please consider this before requesting membership. If you can't host, the organizer cannot make any guarantees about the frequency of your opportunities to participate.
Similarly, pianists... Opportunities to play with the orchestra are rare indeed (nothing on the horizon until at least the 2015-16 season). We do not have sponsored practice/rehearsal space except for the orchestra. Most events at which pianos are available are hosted by pianists who intend to play the piano for the entirety of the event. Only a few times a year are there small ensemble events at which a shared piano spot may be availble. Again, if you can't host, the organizer cannot make any guarantees about the frequency of your opportunities to participate. Please consider this before requesting membership.
IMPORTANT NOTE TO ALL APPLICANTS
Please read the "About Us" page at http://files.meetup.com/557533/About%20Us.pdf before applying for membership so you understand how the group operates, what the dues cover, and whether this group is right for you. There is an annual membership fee of $15.00 for the general meetup group. Orchestra participants will be paying more very soon (minimum $30). Payment of the base fee is expected immediately upon acceptance into the group. If you fail to pay dues within two weeks of acceptance into the group, you will be removed.
Hope you'll join us!