Danbury Chamber Music Intensive Weekend Workshop

March 9-10

Paul Frucht, Artistic Director

Featuring graduates of the Juilliard School and other major conservatories as Artist-Faculty

Enrollment is now closed for the Weekend Workshop, but applications are live for CMI 2019 this summer.

 Click here to apply!

Enrich your musical life with an in-depth exploration of chamber music.





About the program:

The Danbury Chamber Music Intensive invites to its Weekend Workshop all string players, pianists, woodwind players, percussionists of any age who have a driven passion for music and are committed to the pursuit of a high level of music performance. Throughout the weekend, participants will work extensively with Artist-faculty in a unique and inspiring artistic environment to develop their artistry and musicianship. CMI is led by artistic director, Paul Frucht.

General Information:

  • The Workshop begins on Saturday, March 9th in the morning and ends in the late afternoon on Sunday, March 10th, 2019.
  • Each participant will perform in one chamber music group culminating in a concert on Sunday. Each group will include at least one Artist-Faculty member who will lead all rehearsals throughout the weekend.
  • Participants will attend a master class led by the Artist-Faculty. Participants will have the opportunity to perform solo works and receive feedback and instruction. Other specialized group activities may be included as well.
  • Participants will also receive a ticket to the Ives Series concert on the night of March 9th, featuring Ives Series Guest Artists Rachel Lee Priday and Conor Hanick.
  • Tuition for the participation in the Workshop is $225.00.

Application Procedure:

  • Click here to apply!
  • Applications must be submitted no later than 11:59 PM EST on Monday, February 4th, 2019.
  • All applicants are accepted. Those who have not previously participated in CMI must submit a video for appropriate placement into chamber groups. Videos should be submitted either as e-mail attachments or via Google Drive or another data sharing service such as Dropbox. Please upload a video of yourself performing two contrasting works and put them in a folder titled “‘Your Name’ CMI Weekend Workshop 2019.” Share a link to the folder with CMI@danburymusiccentre.org
  • Applicants who are returning CMI participants do not need to submit a video and may opt to use their previous experience at CMI as placement. Those who wish to submit a video for placement should follow the video submission instructions above.

Click here to apply and join us!


Weekend Workshop Artist-Faculty

Mitch Lyon, Cello

Cellist Mitchell Lyon approaches music making with a zeal for harnessing the unique power of musical experience. At home with audiences of all types, he has performed in venues ranging from Carnegie Hall to intimate private homes.

An accomplished chamber musician, Mitch specializes in ensemble collaborations that run the gamut from classical piano trios, to crossover string quartets, to jazz combos, to dance and theater collaborations.

A native of Philadelphia, Mitch has performed extensively as a soloist, chamber musician, and in orchestras throughout the United States, France and the United Kingdom. As a recipient of Juilliard’s Gluck Community Service Fellowship, he brought music to new and underserved audiences, including patients in New York area hospitals, nursing homes and alternative care facilities.  Mitch arranges, organizes and performs house concerts at private residences throughout the boroughs of New York City and in other locations by arrangement.

Passionate in his quest to spread the joy of music to young performers, Mitch has taught the children of New York through various Juilliard-funded fellowship programs at schools including Children’s Promise Zone and Harlem Promise Academy II. As a director of Juilliard’s student-run outreach organization, ARTreach, Mitch led several Juilliard teams to New Orleans, reaching out to children displaced by Hurricane Katrina and doing hands-on labor with Habitat for Humanity. Mitch continues his educational outreach mission in his current role as Teaching Artist Faculty for the New York Philharmonic School Partnership Program.

Mitch earned his MM degree with Timothy Eddy at the Juilliard School in May of 2014 as a Margaret J. & Roy H. Pollack and William R. Hearst Scholar. He earned his BM degree from the Juilliard School in May of 2012 as a student of Bonnie Hampton, where he held scholarships from the foundations of the Juilliard Alumni, Ruth Katzman, Presser, J & B Werter, and Stephen E. Somers. His former teachers include Jeffrey Solow and Deborah Reeder. For four years, Mitch held the Myer-Schwartz Piano Trio cello scholarship at Settlement Music School. His awards include the Ambler Symphony Menges Scholarship, the Bach Atonement Scholarship, and others. The summer of 2016 will find Mitch performing from the Finger Lakes region to California.  During past summers, Mitch has performed as a fellow of the Fontainebleau School in France, as a visiting artist at the Finchcocks Museum of Keyboard Instruments in Kent, UK, at Music in the Mountains in Eagles Mere, PA, as a fellow at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, and at the Valley of the Moon Scottish Fiddling School in Santa Cruz, CA. Mitch spent four summers as a counselor at the Meadowmount School of Music, studying with Melissa Kraut and Hans Jorgen Jensen. During previous summers he studied at the Castleman Quartet Program, the Montecito Summer Music Festival, and Music in the Mountains. He has performed in master classes for Mark Kosower, Steven Isserlis, Christopher Rex, Andres Diaz, Timothy Eddy, Ko Iwasaki and Anne Martindale-Williams. He has worked privately with Gary Hoffman and Clive Greensmith.

Mitch plays on a Jules Grandjon cello dating from 1880, except when he is rocking out, when he uses a Quintus carbon-fiber cello built by Tony Cook of GraceStrings with an Acoustic Combo Amp, model AG120S and a ceramic under-bridge pickup.

George Meyer, violin

George Meyer, 25, plays the violin and writes music. He has performed his own compositions at Chamber Music Northwest in Portland, OR; at the Savannah Music Festival, in Georgia; and at the Telluride and RockyGrass Bluegrass Festivals, in Colorado. In 2016, Ensemble Quodlibet premiered his Concerto Grosso, a 15-minute work for string orchestra with solo string quartet, in New York City. Meyer’s other performance appearances include the Rome Chamber Music Festival and the Aspen Music Festival. He has appeared with his father Edgar Meyer, and with Jerry Douglas, Mike Marshall, and Sam Bush.

His violin teachers have included Stephen Miahky, Lucy Chapman, Jennifer Frautschi, Naoko Tanaka, Carolyn Huebl, and Carol Smith. He graduated from Harvard in 2015 with a degree in English; his thesis concerned the early poems of John Keats. In the fall of 2016, he began a master’s degree in violin at Juilliard, where he studies with Laurie Smukler and Naoko Tanaka. He is from Nashville, TN.

Caeli Smith, violin and viola

Caeli Smith is a violinist/violist with an eye towards the future. A stunning, award-winning performer, she breaches the frontiers of classical music by incorporating a variety of styles, including jazz and tango, into the traditional repertoire. She is committed to bringing classical music to all audiences.

Caeli is a fellow at Carnegie Hall’s Ensemble Connect, a two-year program for the finest young professional classical musicians in the United States. In addition to concertizing throughout the US, Caeli is a New York Philharmonic Teaching Artist working with children in New York City public schools. She is the Associate director and violist of Frisson, a nine-piece chamber ensemble featuring NYC’s finest young classical musicians. She is also a member of Noree Chamber Soloists and the New York Classical Players. 

She has collaborated with a wide range of musicians in recital and chamber music settings, including Leon Fleisher, André Watts, Ani Kavafian, Carmit Zori, Natasha Brofsky, Donald Weilerstein, Roger Tapping, Catherine Cho, Christopher O’Riley, Tim Ribchester, Julianne Baird, and didgeridoo artist Howard E. Smith.

As a soloist and recitalist, she performs in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, and BBC Proms. Caeli has written for radio, TV, and print, and her articles have appeared in The Philadelphia Inquirer, as well as Strings and Symphony magazines. She is also on the editorial staff of Cleaver Magazine. As a teen, Caeli was often featured on From The Top, a national radio and TV program dedicated to the discovery of young musicians. She is also known to Philadelphia audiences as the street violinist starring in Robert Downey Sr.’s documentary Rittenhouse Square. Caeli is passionate about bringing music into the community. She holds two degrees from The Juilliard School: a bachelor’s degree in violin performance and a master’s degree in viola performance.