Educational Programs

Over the past twenty-three years, AICMF has provided learning experiences for young musicians ranging from violin lessons for children to masterclasses to coaching and training for college-level musicians.

Our programs include: The Christopher Rex String Seminar and a multigenerational strings class. In addition to these programs, we also provide outreach concerts to local schools and assisted living facilities in Nassau County. This season, we are thrilled to collaborate with Jacksonville University in a Master Class with the Dover Quartet in January 2024.

The Christopher Rex String Seminar

Beginning with our inaugural year, the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival knew the importance of Music Education. Master Classes and tutoring for our Young Resident Artists program played an important role in our early seasons. now in our 23rd season main education initiative has not only thrived, but expanded into the annual Christopher Rex String Seminar. We invite rising star string students to be our Beth Newdome Fellowship Artists. These students are on the cusp of their professional careers and hail from the nation’s leading conservatories and universities. For a week in late May, they are mentored by professional musicians. This training program culminates in a series of public performances including outreach concerts in the community and our Festival Finale Concert in June.

Amelia Strings

In collaboration with Nassau County Council on Aging (NCCOA), the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival has been thrilled to launch a multigenerational strings class. Participants meet each week to work in a fun and unique string orchestra ensemble. Participants include people of all ages who want to learn to play or already play violin, viola, cello, or double bass. We offer the class to people ages 11+ on Wednesday afternoons from 3:30 to 4:45pm at NCCOA’s Janice Antrum Senior Life Center in Fernandina Beach. The course is taught by AICMF Executive Director Dr. Nina Knight.