Skip to main content

Adult Chamber Music Institute

adult chamber


With deep regret, we must announce that due to ongoing concerns over the COVID-19 novel coronavirus, the Adult Chamber Music Institute has been canceled for 2021. We look forward to seeing you all next summer!

About the Adult Chamber Music Institute

Now in its fourth season, ACMI invites adult string players and pianists at all levels to the Blair School for four days of rewarding, intensive chamber music experience. Groups will be formed based on background and experience. Daily events will include plenary sessions on technique, reading sessions, and master classes. There will be coaching and chamber group rehearsal sessions, a faculty recital, and final celebratory concert.

Give yourself the gift of music this summer, and spend four days immersed in making music with peers!

Cost: $475

Housing: We are happy to provide referrals to area hotels and/or conference centers.

Location: All events will be held at the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University, 2400 Blakemore Ave., Nashville, Tenn., 37212.

How to apply: Apply online or download and fill out the PDF application. The form includes a few questions that will help us place you in a chamber music group appropriate to your experience and performance level.

For more information: Email program director Mary Biddlecombe.

adult chamber

“I am so grateful for the opportunity to have participated in the first Blair Chamber Music Institute for adults! This allowed me to relive the days of intense study of chamber music with friendly musicians and talented coaches. It was an incredibly rewarding, restorative, and rejuvenating experience.” — Alex MacKay

Our faculty

Stephen MiahkyStephen Miahky, violin

Miahky is Joseph Joachim Professor of Violin at Vanderbilt and first violinist of the Blair String Quartet. He has garnered acclaim for his performances as a recitalist and chamber musician throughout North America and Europe. Miahky spends much of the summer as a resident artist at the Walla Walla (Washington) Chamber Music Festival and teaching at the Montecito International Music Festival in Riverside, California.


Jessica BlackwellJessica Blackwell, violin

Blackwell is adjunct artist teacher of violin at Vanderbilt, concertmaster for the Gateway Chamber Orchestra and the Nashville Philharmonic, and violinist in the Nashville Symphony. Passionate about music education, Blackwell is active in the Nashville Symphony's Community Engagement programs.


Christina McGannChristina McGann, viola

McGann is Adjunct Artist Teacher of Violin and coordinator of the Blair precollege chamber music program and the conductor-less ensemble Camerata. She is also concertmaster of the Nashville Opera, and has been a featured performer at the Kennedy Center and various venues throughout the U.S, Europe, Asia and South America. An avid educator, McGann began her teaching career as a Juilliard Morse Fellow, a program that takes Juilliard student educators into public school classrooms on a weekly basis.


Kirsten Cassel GreerKirsten Cassel Greer, cello

Cassel Greer teaches Suzuki and precollege cello. She performs regularly with The Atlantic Ensemble both nationally and internationally, and frequently with the Nashville Symphony. Committed to teaching the next generation of musicians, she has completed extensive Suzuki pedagogy studies with the finest educators in the field. She lives in Nashville with her husband, Michael, children Sammy and Rebecca, and two dogs, Charlie and Milou.


Amy D Amy Dorfman, piano

Dorfman is Professor of Piano at Vanderbilt and co-founder of The Blakemore Trio. She tours nationally with the trio and has several recordings on the Blue Griffin and Albany labels. Dorfman accompanied bassist Edgar Meyer for many years and has enjoyed collaborative performing with a variety of artists around the country. She was coordinator of the Blair precollege chamber music program from 2006-2018.