Community Engagement and Education

Chamberfest’s Community Engagement and Education pillar (CEE) engages community members of all ages in a suite of profoundly enriching music experiences.

The arts are not for the privileged few but for the many. Their place is not on the periphery of daily life, but at its center.

John D. Rockefeller

CEE deepens the experiences of audiences, reaching a broader range of music lovers and appealing to a more diverse public from all ages and cultures. Whether on stage, in the classroom, or on the streets, CEE changes lives through music.

Bring the Kids

Bring the Kids

Chamberfest’s visiting artists give fun, family-friendly, and interactive performances that teach young people about music-making in small ensembles. Kids can experience and explore the storied world of chamber music at our summer music festival. Free admission.

ACE Workshop

Career Development Residency

An annual program for chamber ensembles in the early stages of their professional career. The residency immerses young artists in the summer festival and engages them in hands-on development of innovative community engagement and education activities with community partners. In addition to performing, artists develop greater capacity for arts administration.

Chamber Chats

Chamber Chats

Free seminars on music and musicians during the summer festival and concert series. Chamber Chats offer an enlightening forum for visiting artists, scholars, and educators to share their insights on the day’s musical offerings.

City Series

City Series

A series of free concerts performed in central public spaces around Ottawa and Gatineau. Featuring regional artists both amateur and professional, the City Series brings artists and audiences together to celebrate and showcase performers living and working in the National Capital Region.


Concerts in Care

In partnership with the Health Arts Society of Ontario (HASO), Chamberfest produces professional concerts to provide elders isolated from our arts community with the experience of high-level musical performance in their own long-term-care homes. These 45-minute performances stimulate residents and improve their quality of living.


Listen Up!

A community-based arts creation project anchored in local schools, Listen Up! hands students the reins in the creative process. Students explore an artistic theme through words, visual art, movement, and music throughout the school year. The final result is an innovative showcase performance with the Gryphon Trio, featuring a new musical work for choir and piano trio using student-generated content across all artistic disciplines. Listen Up! is the creation of the Gryphon Trio.

Rising Stars

Rising Stars

An annual feature of the Chamberfest summer music festival, Rising Stars showcases the region’s finest emerging talent in a professional concert experience. The showcase is adjudicated by a panel of festival artists, and scholarships are awarded to the strongest performances.

Rising Stars is produced in association with Nicole Presentey (Director of Chamber Ensembles, Carleton University) and the Gryphon Trio. Past laureates include the Cecilia String Quartet, Suren Barry (piano), and Anita Parry (piano).


Education Concerts

Artists visiting our Concert Series turn venues into classrooms, inviting students for special daytime concerts. Uniquely programmed for students, these performances open the floor for questions after the show.

Alfresco Concerts

Xenia Concerts

Through the Xenia concerts, Toronto’s Cecilia String Quartet (CSQ) and Chamberfest create an accessible concert experience both appealing and welcoming to children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, their families, and their caregivers. Stretch breaks, visual aids, storytelling, and moveable seating contribute to a creative space for children and families to have fun with music.

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