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The PRIZM International Chamber Music Festival for musicians, 12 years or older, will be at Shady Grove Presbyterian Church, June 8-13, 2015. The PRIZM Ensemble is ensemble-in-residence at Shady Grove Presbyterian Church and consists of world-class musicians from the Memphis area.

To participate in the Festival, students must be 12 years or older, and have a minimum of two years experience with their instrument.  Local amateur musicians are invited and encouraged to participate.  Preformed groups are encouraged to attend. The instruments that are eligible are as follows:

Strings — violin, viola, cello, bass, guitar
— flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone
— trumpet, horn, trombone, tuba

Evening concerts given by the PRIZM Ensemble are kid-friendly and will take place at Shady Grove Presbyterian Church.  Admission to all concerts during the festival is $10 general admission/$5 students. Children under 12 attend for free. Families of the participants can purchase discounted ticket packagaes. Tickets are avaialble online or at the door.


2015 Festival Faculty

Daniel Gilbert, violin, The PRIZM Ensemble
Paul Roby, violin, The Philadelphia Orchestra
Anthony Gilbert, viola, The PRIZM Ensemble
Gareth Lubbe, viola, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Germany
Iren Zombor, cello, The Memphis Symphony
Alice K. Dade, flute, U. of Missouri-Columbia faculty
oboe, Anna Pennington, U.S. Military Academy Band
Carina Nyberg-Washington, clarinet, The PRIZM Ensemble/Festival Artistic Director
Lecolion Washington, bassoon, The PRIZM Ensemble/U. of Memphis faculty/Festival Director
Dan Phillips, horn, The PRIZM Ensemble/U. of Memphis faculty
Weston Sprott, trombone, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Terrence Wilson, piano, freelance soloist/Ritz Chamber Players

Featured Works include:

  • Schumann Piano Quartet
  • Eichberg "Only the wind" for overtone singer and string quartet
  • Mozart "Sinfonia Concertante" for violin, viola and orchestra
  • Schubert Symphony No. 8 "Unfinished"

About the Festival

Each group will receive daily chamber music coachings, participate in masterclasses, and have the opportunity to perform in pre-concert recitals.

Select students will play alongside the faculty in a chamber group and perform in evening faculty concerts. In addition, all string players and selected wind participants will play in an orchestra without a conductor, based on the model made popular by the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, which continues its philosophy of performing without a conductor and rotating musical leadership roles for each work, and thus changing and challenging the way the world thinks about musicians, conductors, and orchestras. The Orpheus Orchestra also strives to empower its musicians by integrating them into virtually every facet of the organization, and the PRIZM Ensemble follows this principle.

In addition to the daily practice experience and routines, all students will have daily classes in topics ranging from music theory to music history to music appreciation.

For more information, contact Carina Washington at (901) 596-9105.


Tuition and Placement Performances

$350 is the general tuition for the Festival.  There is an early bird tuition of $325 for all participants who are paid in full by April 1. A $100 non-refundable deposit is due at the time of registration. The remaining balance must be paid by June 1. Registration can be done online or by downloading and completing a paper registration form. A limited number of need based scholarships may be available. Apply online for scholarship assistance. Make checks payable to The PRIZM Ensemble and mail the registration form and a check to:

PRIZM Ensemble
P.O. Box 171361
Memphis, TN 38187-1361


We will have placement performances (not auditions!) on May 10 and 11 from 4:00-6:30 pm.  There is also a highly recommended parent meeting that will be held at 5:00 on May 11. At this time you will be given additional information about the festival and you may ask questions about the festival, programs, necessary materials, etc.

Each participant will be placed in 2 chamber groups based on their placement performance.  You will be notified about your placement performance time following your completed registration.  If you'd like the opportunity to perform with the faculty, please prepare 2 contrasting movements from a solo piece (sonata, concerto, suite, etc.) or 2 etudes of contrasting styles (one technical, one lyrical).  All others should prepare a solo piece or etude.  If you have a pre-formed group and all members are attending the festival, you may perform together as a group. We will make sure that those who have requested to be in a pre-formed group are placed accordingly.

Please, don't stress too much about the placement performances.  We just want to get a snapshot of your playing so that we get people placed in appropriate groups and with appropriate repertoire.  Remember, this is supposed to be fun!

Shady Grove Presbyterian Church is located on the corner of Shady Grove and Yates at:

5530 Shady Grove Rd.
Memphis, TN 38120-2498
(901) 683-7329