How CMA Works

Variety of Format


We offer a variety of instrumental combinations and encourage our members to be adventurous in seeking out fellow members to explore known and unknown repertoire. For those seeking the traditional formats of piano trios or quartets, string quartets, and string or wind sonatas, we also offer structured  workshops, but there are

 no pre-assigned groups

Trio Workshops


There are two trio workshops  with professional string players (violin and cello, viola on call).  Members bring their own music (including all parts) and play the  selections they have chosen.  In the coached workshop, pianists or other instrumentalists have fifteen to twenty minutes to play one movement of a trio or quartet of their choice, on a first-come, first-served basis. The coach will provide pointers on interpretation, ensemble, technique and other matters of interest.   In the un-coached workshop, players sign up in advance for 1/2 hour slots which can be used to play an entire work, or perfect a single movement. 

Other Workshops


A string workshop,  with a coach, covers the standard repertoire of string quartets and  trios, as well as any music brought by participants. There are no specific time slots; all can participate. 

A wind workshop, with a coach, is available by sign-up for 1/2 hour slots for wind or mixed ensemble works requested by members. 

Pianists may sign up for 1/2 hour slots to play piano duets, piano works for four hands, and even piano works for eight hands, in the two-piano room. 



Our coaching staff is made up of highly trained musicians with extensive teaching, coaching and performance experience.  Coaches are stationed weekly in one of the two trio workshops, and in the string and wind workshops. 

Play with Pros


The professional string players in the workshops are graduates or students of Juilliard, Mannes and Manhattan Schools of Music and other fine conservatories.  

Mix & Match


All CMA members have the opportunity each week to sign up with coaches and professional players, or may join with other strings, winds, or pianist members for informal  playing.  

Participants may avail themselves of our extensive chamber music library.