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Chamber Music Camp and Performance Festival

Two Weeks:
$650-1500 | Overnight: $1,978-2,578 | Lunch (Optional): $154/two weeks
Ages: 6-30


About This Camp

The Chee-Yun and Friends Music Camp and Festival is a world-class training and performance program for participants ages 6-30.

After many years of working with the Hawaii Performing Art Festival developing a Chamber Music Program for exceptional students, Chee-Yun Kim along with an international team of teaching faculty (AKA “friends”) decided to develop a Performance Camp/Festival for gifted students, right here in the SF Bay Area. They chose San Domenico School, an internationally recognized day and boarding school, which is located 25 minutes from the Golden Gate bridge in the hills of Marin County. San Domenico is uniquely positioned to welcome and host local and international students for this two-week music program. Its Music Conservatory anchors an internationally recognized Music Virtuoso Program, features state-of-the-art facilities, perfectly-equipped practice rooms, and one of the best concert halls in the Bay Area.

Now in its third Summer, this program brings together some of the most talented young musicians from the U.S., and around the world, for two weeks of intensive training and performance sessions. This is an excellent opportunity for young artists to perform with Violin Virtuoso Chee-Yun Kim, under the guidance of some of the world’s most established teachers and mentors.

The festival offers both Junior and Senior programs that include orchestra, chamber music, technique classes, sectionals, and performances. Private lessons can also be arranged. Additionally there is a Junior Preparatory Program which is ideal for beginner woodwind and string players.

The first week will be focus on technique and rehearsals. Performance practice will begin the second week with concerts in the afternoons or evenings. Final performances with Chee-Yun will occur on Saturday July 27 and August 3.

Please see the program descriptions below:

Junior Preparatory (JPP)

For participants aged 6-12. This offered as a half day camp from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm daily.  The Junior Preparatory Program (JPP) is ideal for beginner woodwind and string players. JPP students will learn several pieces that they will perform with the Junior Program students and teaching assistants. This is a fun program that will combine instrumental technique, orchestra, and musical games with physical activity on the beautiful San Domenico campus. This may be combined with the extended program which will offer hikes, swimming and many other summer joys.

JPP full tuition: $650

Junior Program (JP)

For participants aged 8-15. Day or Residential Camp options available. Camp runs daily 10:00 - 4:00 pm. Students over 13 years may add residential boarding for an additional housing fee of $1,078. Note: We are happy to accept strong players under 8 years old. 

The (JP) offers a 5-6 hour daily program that includes orchestra, sectionals, technique class and chamber music. During two weeks JP students will learn 10 to 12 orchestral compositions, and perform at the final concerts as well as in a Marin hospital. This community service was a beautiful tradition of Hawaii Performing Arts Festival.

JP Full Tuition: $900
Overnight Option: Participants aged 13+ | Add $1,078 for boarding fees.

Senior Program (SP)

For participants 13-30. This program runs for a full day (6-8 hours) of intensive music training. It includes chamber music coaching as well as time and space to rehearse on your own. Students will join in orchestra sectionals and tutti rehearsals. Private lessons are also available.

Senior students who wish to receive maximum learning experience from the festival are encouraged to join both the Senior and Junior programs. There is no additional fee for joining both.

Each SP student will be assigned a chamber ensemble which will perform at the final concert. Private lessons will be taught by the faculty members at least once a week. Extra lessons can be arranged.  

SP Full Tuition: $1,500
Overnight Option: Participants aged 13+ | Add $1,078 for boarding fees.

The San Domenico Conservatory

The Conservatory is located at San Domenico School, located 25 minutes from the Golden Gate bridge in the hills of Marin County. The campus offers 515 acres of recreational activities such as a swimming pool, tennis courts, an Equestrian Center, and beautiful hiking trails which program participants are welcome to use. New this year, residential boarding will be offered to a limited number of students, 13 years of age and older.

For local Bay Area residents, San Domenico is 25 minutes north of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Anselmo. San Domenico’s location also affords international visitors close proximity to North Bay beaches, Golden Gate Bridge, scenic Sausalito and a ferry to San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf.

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Camp Schedule

Junior Preparatory (JPP)

Ages 6-12 | Saturday - Saturday | 10:00 am - 2:00 pm | July 20-August 3, 2019

Junior Program (JP)*

Ages 8-15 | Saturday - Saturday | 10:00 am - 4:00 pm | July 20-August 3, 2019

Senior Program (SP)*

Ages 13-30 | Saturday - Saturday | 10:00 am - 6:00 pm | July 20-August 3, 2019


*Overnight Option: Participants aged 13+ | Add $1,078 for boarding fees.


Eugene Chukhlov

Program Director

Violinist Eugene Chukhlov is applauded regularly as a soloist and orchestral player throughout the Bay Area. Eugene has over 25 years of performance and teaching experience. He is associate concertmaster of the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra and teaches at both the Crowden School and San Domenico Conservatory.

Chee-Yun Kim

Artistic Director

Violinist Chee-Yun's flawless technique, dazzling tone and compelling artistry have enraptured audiences on five continents. Charming, charismatic and deeply passionate about her art, Chee-Yun continues to carve a unique place for herself in the ever-evolving world of classical music.

"This is a talented instrumentalist, with the kind of high-gloss tone that pulls sensuously at the listener's ear." - New York Times

Igor Veligan

Assistant Director

Igor Veligan joined the faculty of the UOP Conservatory of Music in the fall of 2006. He holds the Master of Arts in violin performance and chamber music from Odessa State Conservatory. His primary violin teachers include Zoja Istomina and Galina Gritzenko. Mr. Veligan has studied chamber music with Oleg Shkarpitnuy and Natalya Buzanova, and has had master classes with Zakhar Bron, Liana Isakadze, and Igor Frolov.

Edith Szendrey

Junior Program

Canadian born violinist and violist Edith Szendrey founded the HPAF Junior Program in 2013, to the delight of many young students, parents and audiences alike. Of Hungarian roots, she holds a Bachelors degree in Music from the University of British Columbia. In addition to inspiring young musicians for over a decade, she has performed in many chamber music concerts with the San francisco Chamber Orchestra, the San Francisco Choral Society and the Arlekin String Quartet.

Sergei Riabtchenko


Sergei Riabtchenko received a Bachelors degree from Pushkin Music College in Russia, where he was the Grand Prix winner of the Moscow Young Musicians Festival. He received his Masters from the Moscow Conservatory of Music with a degree in cello performance and teaching, and a minor in composition. Sergei performed with the Moscow Symphony Orchestra until 1990

Niki Fukada


San Domenico alum Niki Fukada is a brilliant young violinist and experienced teacher. Finishing her Master Degree at SMU Niki was a TA at Hawaii Performing Arts Festival and last year at Chee-Yun & Friends Festival. We are proud to welcome her as our youngest member of the faculty!