School of Music

ECU Summer Chamber Music Institute

Hye-Jin Kim, program director

The Summer Chamber Music Institute at East Carolina University invites talented young musicians to experience chamber music at its best. Join us and build relationships that will enrich and empower your musical future this summer and beyond.

SCMI 2018:

June 10-16, 2018 (Resident students should arrive on Saturday, June 9th between 4PM and 6PM)

Violin, Viola, Cello 

Entering grade 6 through 2018 graduated high school senior

Faculty Artists:
Ara Gregorian (violin/viola)
Hye-Jin Kim (violin/viola)
Jorge Richter (violin/viola)
Emanuel Gruber (cello)

Faculty Guest Artists: 
Kristopher Tong, violin (Borromeo String Quartet) 
Maria Lambros, viola (Cooperstown String Quartet)
Michael Kannen, cello (Cooperstown String Quartet)
Bonnie Thron, cello (NC Symphony) 

A.J. Fletcher Music Center
East Carolina University
Greenville, North Carolina

Non-resident: $700 (includes meals)
Resident: $900 (includes housing and meals) 
*Limited merit-based scholarships available

SCMI Scholarship for Incoming ECU Freshman:

Tuition: Free 
Housing and Meals: $300 
Meals only: $175

Application Information:

Deadline: March 28, 2018
Application Fee: $50
After reviewing audition requirements, click here for online application.

Audition requirements:
Submit a video recording (10-15 minutes in length) that best represents the applicant's current performance level. Applicants may submit one or multiple solo or accompanied works. In addition to a recording of individual performance, the applicant may submit a chamber music performance recording.

- Intensive chamber music study 
- In-group mentoring and training with ECU Next Gen alumni artists
- Private lesson and daily coachings with ECU faculty artists
- Structured daily schedule for chamber music and individual practice
- Conductorless side-by-side string orchestra
- College and career discussion for parents and students with ECU faculty and alumni artists

Sample Daily Schedule

5:15-6:15..............String Orchestra

Life @ SCMI

- SCMI resident students will be housed in one of the residence halls on the campus of East Carolina University. There will be two participants per room and the dorm life will be supervised by in-house SCMI staff. 
- Meals will be provided at the ECU Todd Dining Hall. SCMI Staff will lead participants to and from the dining hall for every meal.

Apply Now
Click here to access the online application.

For more information, contact Four Seasons Chamber Music Festival at or 252-328-6019

Faculty Artists

Ara Gregorian 

Founder and Artistic Director of the Four Seasons Chamber Music Festival, Gregorian made his New York recital debut at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall and his debut as soloist with the Boston Pops Orchestra. He has appeared in cities throughout the world including Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, Vancouver, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Tel Aviv and Helsinki, and performed at the Casals, Storioni, Bard and Bravo! Vail festivals. He has recorded for the Bridge and Kleos labels and performed as a member of the Daedalus Quartet and Concertante. Gregorian is Distinguished Professor of Violin at East Carolina University.

Hye-Jin Kim, violin 

Winner of the Yehudi Menuhin International Competition and the Concert Artists Guild International Competition, Kim has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony, BBC Concert Orchestra and the Seoul Philharmonic. She made her Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall debut in 2011 and has appeared at the Four Seasons, Marlboro, Ravinia, Music@Menlo and Seoul Spring festivals. Kim is Assistant Professor of Violin at East Carolina University. View Full Bio



Jorge Richter, viola 

ECU Symphony Music Director and Conductor Jorge Richter is Associate Professor of Music at East Carolina University. He holds a B.M. in violin performance from the Parana State School of Music and Fine Arts in Curitiba, Brazil, an M.M. in conducting from Andrews University, and a D.M.A in conducting from Michigan State University. Dr. Richter has held similar positions at Truman State University, Oklahoma State University and The University of Tennessee. He has served as guest conductor of the Tulsa Youth Symphony, the Oklahoma Youth Symphonies and the Espirito Santo Philharmonic Orchestra. View Full Bio

Emanuel Gruber, cello 


Former principal cellist of the Israeli Chamber Orchestra, Emanuel Gruber was awarded the Pablo Casals Prize by the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and won the Concert Artists Guild Auditions. He participated in the Musical Spring Festival and the Rostropovich Cello Festival, and was on the jury of the 2nd Davidoff International Cello Competition. Gruber has been on the faculty of the Rubin Academy in Tel Aviv and is currently Professor of Cello at East Carolina University. View Full Bio

Faculty Guest Artists

Kris Tong


Violinist Kristopher Tong has been hailed as a performer of "exceptional insight and creative flair" (Boston Globe). As second violinist of the Borromeo String Quartet, he has performed in hundreds of concerts across the United States and around the world to critical acclaim. Recent engagements include appearances at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the Morgan Library, and a presentation of the complete Beethoven quartets at Suntory Hall in Tokyo, Japan. He is currently on the violin and chamber music faculty at New England Conservatory.  View Full Bio


Maria Lambros, viola 

A former member of the Mendelssohn Quartet, the Grammy Award nominated Ridge Quartet and the Naumburg Award-winning Meliora Quartet, Lambros has appeared at the Four Seasons, Aspen, Helsinki, Santa Fe, Tanglewood and Spoleto festivals; collaborated with the Guarneri, Cleveland, Brentano, Orion and Juilliard quartets; and performed with the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society. Lambros is a member of the Cooperstown Quartet and the chamber music faculty at the Peabody Conservatory of Music and Yellow Barn.

Michael Kannen, cello 

A founding member of the award-winning Brentano String Quartet, Kannen performs chamber music as a member of the Cooperstown Quartet and at major music festivals such as Four Seasons, Yellow Barn, Chamber Music Northwest and the Portland Chamber Music Festival. He is currently the Director of Chamber Music at the Peabody Conservatory of Music where he holds the Sidney Friedberg Chair in Chamber Music. He has recorded for the CRI label.


Bonnie Thron 

Bonnie Thron joined the North Carolina Symphony as principal cellist in 2000. She currently is a member of the piano quartet Quercus and frequently plays with the Mallarme Chamber Players. In the summers she plays in the Sebago Long Lake Music Festival in Maine and makes her second appearance at the ECU Summer Chamber Music Institute in 2017.

Previously she was a member of the Peabody Trio, in residence at the Peabody Institute, during which time the group won the Naumberg chamber music competition. Early in her career Ms. Thron was assistant principal cellist of the Denver Symphony for a season and she played and recorded with the Orpheus Chamber Ensemble.


Cooperstown Quartet 

The Cooperstown Quartet brings together four of the chamber music world’s most exciting and experienced performers. Its members - violinists Ara Gregorian and Hye-Jin Kim, violist Maria Lambros and cellist Michael Kannen - are former members of some of this country’s most respected ensembles: the Brentano, Daedalus, Meliora, Mendelssohn and Ridge string quartets as well as the string sextet, Concertante.

SCMI 2015