Have you ever wanted to experience the joy of playing chamber music in a stress-free environment? The New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra is offering its Introduction to Chamber Music Workshop for String and Winds. The program is designed for beginner and intermediate players of all ages, but is open to all levels.

The workshop is held on Thursday evenings, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at New Jersey's premiere music center, the Judith G. Wharton Music Center, 60 Locust Avenue, Berkeley Heights, NJ, which is centrally located off Route 78 with a short commute from Maplewood, East Orange, Summit, New Providence, Chatham, Madison, Long Hill, Warren, Basking Ridge, Watchung, Westfield, Scotch Plains, Morristown, Short Hills, Livingston, and other surrounding communities.

Session B runs from July 7 – July 28. The cost is $100. An application can be downloaded from the NJIO web site, www.njio.org or, call the NJIO office at 908-603-7691 and leave a message. For more information, contact workshop leader and cellist, Martin Steinberg at (973) 953-4425 or, email, MSteinberg@njio.org

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Each student receives personal and group instruction on their instrument by a staff of outstanding professional coaches. A noncompetitive and relaxed atmosphere is key to learning and enjoying this workshop, and a typical evening includes a brief discussion, coaching and playing with a break in between to socialize. Music that matches your skill level is provided and our encouraging coaching staff will guide you to experience the joys of playing chamber music among new friends. Past participants range in age from 11 through 70, in keeping with the NJIO mission of "bridging the generations through music."

Martin Steinberg, cellist, is the workshop leader. He has performed at Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Symphony Space and NJPAC and teaches cello in his studio in South Orange, NJ. He has studied with Irene Sharp and has participated in workshops with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and in France, Vermont, California and New Jersey.

Wind coach, Meredyth Coleman, is oboist for City Winds Trio since 2001. She has a masters degree in musical performance on oboe from the Hartt School of Music. Ms. Coleman also holds a professional studies performance diploma in English horn from the Mannes College of Music. She performed with the Emerson String Quartet and numerous orchestras.

String coaches include:  NJIO artistic director and conductor, Farkhad Khudyev, is an award-winning violinist. Mr. Khudyev holds a master's degree in orchestral conducting from the Yale School of Music and has toured  the United States and Europe receiving highly acclaimed reviews and honors as both a violinist and composer. Elzbieta Winnicka, violin coach and graduate of the Academy of Music in Wroclaw, Poland; Ruth Brons, viola coach, holds a master’s degree in music performance from Temple University, PA; Mikhail Kuchuk, violin coach, graduated from the Academy of Music in Odessa, completed a doctorate in Freiburg, Germany and currently teaches at the Judith Wharton Music Center, NJ; Vincent Novellino, violin coach, a graduate of Cook College, Rutgers University and string coach at the Newark Academy in Livingston, NJ.

The Introduction to Chamber Music Workshop has been made possible in part though the generosity of ACMP – The Chamber Music Network.