Chamber Music Series

CMS 1 Box Office Now Open- Click Here

  • $50 for 6 seats only: F 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106
  • $35 for 7 seats only: G 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107
  • $20 for the rest of the seats above
  • Seating Chart: click here

All-In-One Information on CMS

Online Rehearsal Zoom Link – Click Here

CMS 1 Reference Soundtrack – Click Here

CMS 1 Rehearsal Schedule – Click Here

Set-Up Guideline for Online Rehearsals – Click Here

Dress Code – Click Here

Music Binder or iPad/Tablet- Click Here

Rehearsal Notes – Click Here

Chamber Music Series 2023-24 Announcement

We are glad to announce the schedule of CMS (Chamber Music Series) as follows. This series is open to the 2023 Summer Concert participants and designed to provide more intimate chances to showcase our talented young musicians.

How to Register?

  • Click here for Registration Google Form
  • The deadline to register: Aug. 15, 2023 by 11:59 PM (Pacific Time)



  • August 15, 2023: Registration Due
  • August 15, 2023: CMS Soloist’s Potential Repertoire Submission Due


  • August 15-31, 2023: concert repertoire selection draft
  • September 1-15: sheet music sent; Thayer Hall Box Office open; parent volunteer service sign-up
  • September 22-24: three-day donation drive
  • September 24: online rehearsal 4:00-6:00 PM (Sunday) on Zoom


  • November 1-15: sheet music sent; Thayer Hall Box Office open; parent volunteer service sign-up:
  • December 8-10: three-day donation drive
  • December 10: online rehearsal 4:00-6:00 PM (Sunday) on Zoom


  • February 1-15: sheet music sent; Thayer Hall Box Office open; parent volunteer service sign-up
  • February 16-18: three-day donation drive
  • February 25: online rehearsal 4:00-6:00 PM (Sunday) on Zoom
Sun. Oct. 1,
5:00 PM
Chamber Music Series I Fall Concert
-Thayer Hall on the Colburn School campus
-Two 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
-Two 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
-2:30 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
-Two 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
-2:30 PM Sound Check; 3:30 PM Performance
-Additional/Concert Visit
-Fairwinds West Hills (Retirement Center)
-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

  • CMS 1 Rehearsal Location
  • Pasadena Christian School/Orchestra Room
  • Address: 1492 N Garfield Ave. Pasadena, CA 91104

Rehearsal Rule: Two intensive rehearsals and dress rehearsal are mandatory for all the qualified student performers, and there will be no excuse.

Makeup/Alternative for Online Rehearsals: If you have time conflicts with your school/community orchestra/choir concerts, exams, competitions, camps, workshops, family events, or any other engagements, you need to contact us to arrange a make-up rehearsal on other days or to watch a recorded rehearsal video.


Qualification & Registration

Q: I am a participant of the Summer Concert 2023. May I participate in this series?

A: Yes! If you are a finalist who completed all the intensive rehearsals and concert either online or in-person for this past Summer Concert, you are eligible to participate.

Q: Do I need to audition for this series?

A: No! All the returning students are eligible to participate without an additional audition.

Q: Do you accept a new student for this series?

A: Yes! New students need to take the online audition process. As the space is limited, the priority will go first to the returning students. If you are interested in the online audition for CMS, please email us at so that we can open the audition window for you.

Q: Can I register for all three series?

A: Yes! It is highly recommended unless you have time conflicts with your school/community orchestra/choir concerts, exams, competitions, camps, workshops, family events, or any other engagements

Q: In case of schedule conflicts, can a student participate in one of the three chamber series?

A: Yes! As we offer three to five CMS concerts, you have the option to switch to another one if the initially chosen concert does not work for you.

Q: Even if a student applies for one series, s/he may not get in because the space is limited. Is this correct?

A: Yes, that is correct, but you can secure a space if you register as early as possible. If the spots are full, we plan to announce the closure.

Q: I have discovered that there is a scheduling clash, such as conflicts involving school events, exams. Can I know what happens if I withdraw my registration?

A: If you are unable to uphold your commitment to participate, you will forfeit the fees you have paid and become ineligible for future LAYP participation for a period of three years.

Size of Chamber Ensemble

Q: What does a chamber music series orchestra look like?

A: It is a small or medium size ensemble which consists of 12 to 25 players. If there are more participants than this size, two or more groups of the chamber ensembles will be formed and their rehearsal time slots will be re-arranged.

Q: My child played in band. Is this for band too or just orchestra players? 

A: The Chamber Music Series is open to Orchestra, Band, and Choir students. This means that students who play in the Orchestra, Band, or Choir are all qualified to apply.

CMS Soloists

Q: How do you select the CMS Soloists?

A: The Concert Committee selects the CMS Soloists for each series based on participants’ this past summer concert audition results, experiences, engagements, and current school grade level etc.

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. The CMS 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.

Q: My child is nominated to be a CMS soloist. Does a CMS soloist play in the chamber orchestra or perform a solo piece only?

A: CMS soloists are required to play both as soloists and orchestral players. This offers them a wonderful opportunity to excel in both capacities. By participating in the orchestra, soloists gain a better understanding of the relationship and cooperation between a soloist and the orchestra.

Q: My child was nominated as a soloist and registered for all CMS 1-2-3. Do the CMS soloists perform a solo piece in all of the concerts or just one?

A: It depends on availability. If there are enough openings, the soloists may have more than one solo performance. However, the number of solo opportunities for each soloist will depend on various factors, including the concert schedule and the availability of time slots for solo performances. Rest assured, we will do our best to provide soloists with as many opportunities as possible to showcase their talents.

Dress Code

Q: What is the dress code?

A: Click here to see the LAYP Dress Code

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: Are two intensive rehearsals mandatory?

A: Yes (see the rehearsal rule above).

Q: What should I do if I discover a scheduling conflict with my other commitments that overlap with rehearsal time? 

A: Unfortunately, missing any portion of the rehearsal is not an option. All students are required to attend rehearsals in their entirety. We maintain a high level of commitment and attendance to ensure the success of our rehearsals and performances.

Q: Are the rehearsals in-person or online?

A: Two intensive rehearsals are in-person (see the schedule above). One online rehearsal will be arranged.

Q: May I receive the link for the Zoom meetings?

A: Click here for the link


Q: What cost is involved?

A: There will be a registration fee. Each registration fee for orchestral player is $275 for Chamber Music Series I (single concert), $300 for Chamber Music Series II (two concerts), & $300 for Chamber Music Series III (two concerts). Your registration fee, along with the funding from our grant, will partially cover the concert expenses for the 2023-24 CMS Season.


  • $275 for CMS II if you select a single concert
  • $275 for CMS III if you select a single concert

Ticket Sale

Q: Do you sell concert tickets?

A: Yes! The Box Office will start selling tickets 4-6 weeks prior to the concerts. The ticket sale price will be $20 except F-101 to 106 & G-101 to 107. To see the seating chart, click here.

Box Office Now Open- Click Here

The concert visit events(12/27 & 3/24) will be free admission shows, but you need to RSVP via Google Forms when we send out.


Q: Do you accept donations for this series?

A: Yes! We accept your donations for the Chamber Music Series.


Q: Since CMS II 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 hotels without casino”

More questions? Please email us at