Chamber music will be performed Friday and Saturday at Eastminster Presbyterian Church in Indialantic courtesy of the 2016 BREVARD CHAMBER MUSIC SEMINAR which will bring 36 of Brevard’s best music students into an three days of intensive workshops and master classes.

The public will have a chance to hear a concert performed by the great teachers and then to hear a recital by these promising young musicians.

The seminar is an outreach of MELBOURNE CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY — a real gem of a cultural organization. (In fact, I love this bright shiny object so much I agreed to join its board.) The organization brings to Brevard world famous chamber music groups which usually play in huge halls with lofty ticket prices. They perform here in an intimate setting and very reasonable ticket prices. Frequently, MCMS sends those groups to area schools where they conduct workshops for Brevard’s many talented young musicians.

(This would not be possible without the generosity of business leaders such as Jim Ridenour of the Residence Inn Melbourne & Courtyard by Marriott West Melbourne; and Scott Apelgren of The Horn Section.)

In 2010, MCMS launched the annual Brevard Chamber Music Seminar, a university-level experience bringing great teachers together with students. It culminates with some most engaging concerts.

This year’s Faculty Concert begins 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 27 and the student recital begins 9:30 a.m. Saturday, May 28. The public is invited. Admission is free, but donations happily accepted. Eastminster Presbyterian Church is at 106 N. Riverside Drive in Indialantic, Fl. Call 321-723-8371 or visit

To see a short video of the first rehearsal of one of the pieces to be played at the faculty concert, click here.


Ayako Yonetani, one of Japan’s top violinists, a doctorate from Juilliard, former Isaac Stern concertmaster chair of the Academy Orchestra at the Aspen Music Festival and School.
Helga Winold, professor emeritus from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, author of Cellocity, former soloist with Munich Philharmonic.
Jackie Robbins, former cellist with Oberlin College the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, the Seattle Symphony, Seattle Opera and Pacific Northwest Ballet.
Nancy Samantha Headlee, principal violist of the Central City Opera
orchestra in Colorado and former principal violist with the Boulder Bach Festival, Denver Chamber Orchestra, and Colorado Ballet.
Sally Cook, accompanist for the Eastern Florida State College music program and formerly for Western Carolina University, American Conservatory of Music and Florida Tech.

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