The Edmonton Chamber Music Society has been bringing internationally renowned chamber musicians to Edmonton for over 65 years. Its concert seasons offer a range of programming from early music to contemporary works performed by instrumental and vocal soloists, small chamber orchestras, vocal ensembles and traditional string quartets.
Originally founded by faculty members of the University of Alberta’s Department of Music, the Society continues its dedication to musical education through its outreach programs and an inexpensive ticket price for any student. To further encourage music students to attend, discounted tickets are offered to music teachers when they bring their students to a concert.
Concerts are held in venues ideally suited to the more intimate sound of chamber music.
In 2008 the Edmonton Chamber Music Society introduced the Summer Solstice Festival, a three-day event in late June that brings together chamber musicians from across North America. Through diversity of programming, master classes, pre-concert lectures, and special outreach events, Artistic Director Patricia Tao has sought to widen and engage the local chamber music audience.
The Edmonton Chamber Music Society is a non-profit organization, administered by volunteers and supported by ticket sales and donations. Additional funding is provided by the Alberta Foundation for the Arts , the Edmonton Arts Council and the City of Edmonton .