Chamber Music Series Soloists

2023-24 Season CMS (Chamber Music Series)

Information for CMS Soloists

  • CMS Registration Deadline: Aug. 15, 2023 by 11:59 PM (Pacific Time) via Google Form – click here (Notes: The date has been updated from Sept. 1)
  • Potential Repertoire Submission Due: Aug. 15, 2023 by 11:59 PM (Pacific Time) via Google Form – click here

Sun. Oct. 1,
5:00 PM
Chamber Music Series I Fall Concert
-Thayer Hall on the Colburn School campus
-Intensive Rehearsals (subject to change)
Fri. Sept. 29, 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM in-person
Sat. Sept. 30, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM in-person
Sun. Oct. 1, 2:00-4:30 PM dress rehearsal; 5:00 PM performance
Sun. Dec. 17,
5:00 PM
or (both)
Wed. Dec. 27,
4:00 PM
Chamber Music Series II Winter Concert
1) Sun. Dec. 17 at Thayer Hall on the Colburn School campus
-Intensive Rehearsals for both Concerts
Fri. Dec. 15, 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM in-person
Sat. Dec. 16, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM in-person
Sun. Dec. 17 2:00-4:30 PM dress rehearsal; 5:00 PM performance

2) Wed. Dec. 27 at a Convalescence Hospital
-2:00 PM Sound Check; 4:00 PM Performance
-Additional/Concert Visit
-The Heights of Summerlin, Las Vegas
-Address: 10550 Park Run Dr. Las Vegas, NV 89144
-Volunteer service hours will be awarded
Sun. March 3,
5:00 PM
or (both)
Sun. March 24,
3:30 PM
Chamber Music Series III Spring Concert
1) Sun. March 3 at Thayer Hall on Colburn School campus
-Intensive Rehearsals (subject to change
Fri. March 1, 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM in-person
Sat. March 2, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM in-person
Sun. March 3 2:00-4:30 PM dress rehearsal; 5:00 PM performance

2) Sun. March 24 at a Retirement Center in West Hills
-2:00 PM Sound Check; 3:30 PM Performance
-Additional/Concert Visit
-Fairwinds West Hills
-Address: 8138 Woodlake Ave. West Hills, CA 91304
-Volunteer service hours will be awarded
Notes: One online rehearsal (TBA) on Sunday (afternoon or evening) prior to the in-person rehearsals may be arranged.

Rehearsal Location: The rehearsal location for CMS will be either First Baptist Church of Los Angeles or Pasadena Christian School

  • First Baptist Church of Los Angeles
  • Address: 760 S Westmoreland Ave. RM 10, Los Angeles, CA 90005
  • Pasadena Christian School
  • Address: 1492 N Garfield Ave. Pasadena, CA 91104


Orchestral Concerto Repertoire Guideline

  • Orchestral concertos from the Baroque, Classical, early Romantic, or Modern period are suggested, as they need to be suitable for a small-size chamber ensemble. Notes for vocal solo: you can include theater musical repertoires.
  • The Performer Selection Committee may choose an orchestral concerto that fits each ensemble from your repertoire.
  • You may include any chamber music repertoire such as duo, trio, quartet, quintet, sextet, septet, octet, nonet etc. for either instrumental or vocal ensembles.
  • For Chamber Music Series II, you may include Christmas carol arrangements into your repertoire.

  • Talk to your private teacher and send us a list of your potential concerto repertoire (3-7 min, fast movement; a cut or abridged-by-teacher edition is acceptable; The LAYP commissioned composers may abridge a concerto of which length is longer than 3-7 minutes).
  • To see an example of an abridged edition, please click the following links:
  • Cello: abridged concerto (10 minutes) vs. original (15 minutes)
  • Flute: abridged concerto (7 minutes) vs. original (9 minutes)

Submission Checklist

  • The List of Your Potential Repertoire needs to include composer, title, key, movement, opus number (if available) etc. for each solo piece.
  • Sheet Music PDF: submit the PDF copies of each repertoire after scanning either a solo part only or solo part along with piano score.
  • Sound Resources Links: submit the shareable links for your favorite practice soundtrack/backing tracks/reference soundtracks or YouTube videos. These resources are helpful when we consider orchestrations or instrumentation for our chamber music series.


Soloist Nomination

Q: What is the process to determine if s/he will be a CMS soloist? 

A: CMS soloists are nominated by the Performer Selection Committee during the summer auditions.

Q:  If nominated then there is an audition for the solo performances?

A: There will be no additional audition.  After the summer concert, a CMS soloist will be asked to submit his/her solo repertoire. The detailed guideline will be sent by email along with the announcement of season 2023-24.


Q: Could you please provide more information such as the rehearsal/audition schedule and other time commitments, etc.?  It is too early to tell if there will be conflicts since the calendar for school and other commitments are not finalized. Is there other pertinent info that we should know such as financial?  Sounds like fun and enriching experiences and hopefully timing works out.

A: We plan to announce the detailed information after the summer concert. Once we confirm the recital dates with the venues, we usually have three rehearsals prior to each recital. The rehearsals take place in the afternoon or evening on Friday (4:00-9:00 PM) through Saturday (10:00 AM – 4:00 PM) or Sunday (4:00-9:00 PM).

Q: Will you assign soloists to a particular concert or wait until soloists pick the dates that work for them? 

A: We will wait until you pick the dates that work for you.

Q: Does each soloist play in one concert or more than one?

A: Each soloist basically is assigned to one concert. If there are more openings, the nominated soloists may apply for & perform in more than one concert.

Q: May I know when soloist assignments will be decided?

A: They will be announced after the registration deadline.

Repertoire Selection

Q: I was wondering if I could choose the solo piece that I will play, because I am currently practicing Weber Clarinet Concerto no. 1 first movement. If I cannot choose the piece, when will I know what the piece is? It is an honor to be considered.

A: Yes, you can do so. Nominated soloists will be asked to submit their solo repertoire by August 15 usually after the summer concert. You may put that solo piece as your priority #1 in the repertoire. Once we receive all the submissions, we will review them, screening them as well to see if there are song/piece conflicts or any other issues.

Dress Code

Q: What is the dress code?

A: Click here to see the LAYP Dress Code. Click here to see example photos for soloists.

Q: My child will be playing as a soloist and I’m trying to plan her outfit. If she’s also going to be playing with the ensemble, how should she dress? Should she wear the white top with black bottom, then she changes to a different color dress when she plays as soloist? Will I be able to help her change backstage? What do the soloists normally do?

A: She does not need to change clothes. Soloists will wear their own free-color/formal concert dress. Watch the concert video in which a piano soloist is playing the timpani wearing her soloist dress. A soloist may wear a white cardigan when playing as an orchestra member and put it off when playing as a soloist. In the 2022 summer concert, the flute soloist wore an additional white top in a cardigan type onto her existing soloist dress when she was playing as an orchestral player.


Q: If concert 2 is taking place in Las Vegas, Nevada, could you give the recommendation to book a few nights?

A: As it is the one-day schedule (2:00 rehearsal & 4:00 concert), you may plan a one-day trip. If you plan to stay at hotels, ask your parents to search “Las Vegas hotel without casino”