Funded! This project was successfully funded on August 13, 2013.


A six-day chamber music celebration in ALASKA, filled with concerts, workshops, rehearsals, lessons, coachings, and masterclasses

Hello, and welcome! Here are the details of our project.


The project is the festival, which begins August 12th and ends August 17th. It includes an intensive chamber music program for beginner to advanced string and piano players in Alaska. Everyday, participants will rehearse together and receive coachings, lessons, and masterclasses from the faculty. There will also be a series of chamber music concerts for the students and the Anchorage community (see schedule below). Our guest artists, the Scott Chamber Players, who are professional chamber musicians with over thirty years of experience, will be performing and giving a masterclass during the week. 

The schedule is as follows:

Chamber Intensive ’13 Schedule:

Please note that this schedule is subject to change.

Monday – Friday (August 12-16)

  • 9:30-12:00: Lessons/coachings/rehearsals with chamber group
  • 12:00-1:00: Lunch
  • 1:00-2:00: Discussion sessions about music (how to practice individually, how to rehearse with a chamber group, technique workshops, learning music and setting goals, importance of music in our lives, etc.)
  • 2:10-4:00: Individual/chamber group master classes
  • 4:00-5:00: Lessons/coachings/rehearsals with chamber group
  • 7:30/8:00: Concert (see ACMF concert schedule below)

Saturday (August 17)

  • 9:30-12:00: Final lessons/coachings/rehearsals
  • 2:00: Chamber Intensive '13 Concert

(There will be several breaks throughout the day)

ACMF Concert Schedule:

Opening Faculty Concert

Monday, August 12, 7:30PM
Central Lutheran Church
Works by Mahler, Prokofiev, Haydn, Bach, Chopin, Wieniawski, and Brahms.
Featuring Guest Artists: The Scott Chamber Players

Fine Arts Society Chamber Music Soiree

Wednesday, August 14, 8PM
Beverly Beheim’s House
Works by: Brahms, Schumann, Chopin, Ravel, Waxman, and Bolcom

Alyeska Concert

Thursday, August 15
The Hotel Alyeska
Works by: Shostakovich and Brahms
Special guest artist: Alec Lindsay

Finale Faculty Concert

Friday, August 16, 7:30PM
Anchorage Museum
Works by: Shostakovich and Brahms
Special guest artist: Alec Lindsay

Chamber Intensive ’13 Student Concert

Saturday, August 17, 2PM
Central Lutheran Church


Chamber music is when a number of musicians collaborate with one another to create music and convey a unified message together. Unlike an orchestra, where there is a conductor and 40 musicians, there are about 2-8 musicians involved in a chamber group, and each person is responsible for their own part. 

Great chamber music is achieved when each musician has their own strong ideas and the confidence to express those ideas, and at the same time are open minded to other ideas. Each player must see and aim for their group's common goal, which is to make great music together. In order to realize this successfully, they must respect and always have empathy for one another.

In chamber music, people can learn the importance of teamwork and leadership skills through rehearsals, masterclasses, performances. etc. and apply what they have learned to their everyday life.

OUR GOALS in August

We want to convey what we have learned so far on our musical journey to anyone and everyone, especially the younger generation, who are the future of classical music. The audience for classical music has steadily been decreasing. We, as classical musicians, don't want to see this beautiful art form diminish and disappear. 

We hope to inspire people to enjoy classical music through playing, listening, and attending concerts. We want to spread the joy of playing chamber music. We want people to be fired up about Mozart, Beethoven, Bach, Brahms. We are extremely passionate about this, because we believe that classical music can change people's lives.

So we're reaching all the way out to the northern-most state of our country, Alaska, to spread our message. Some perceive Alaska to be barren land with nothing but igloos, glaciers and snow, but there are actually many young musicians here who are looking for opportunities to play their instruments. However, it can be difficult to travel far to attend a music festival. Therefore, we're bringing this experience here. We want Anchorage to be the home of a great chamber music festival. The five of us are dedicated to nourishing the talents of the Chamber Intensive participants. We hope that they will grow and learn a lot from the festival week-- We know we will as well.

Products of the festival:

Along with unforgettable experiences, at the end of our project we will have:

  • Sound and video recordings of our live concerts
  • Photographs
  • A short documentary of our festival
  • A magazine-style photo book compiled by our photographer friend, Peter Shin. This includes background information about the five of us and also the story behind the festival.

About us:

All five of us, the Chamber Intensive faculty, recently graduated from the University of Michigan with music degrees. We've all worked with one another at some point during our time at U of M. Chamber music is one of Christine H Li's many passions, Nathaniel Pierce and Alan Tilley are pursuing professional chamber music careers, and Cole Anderson and Siyuan Li both have Chamber Music Performance degrees. For more detailed information about us, you can visit this website: Anchorage Chamber Music Festival Faculty

Festival costs:

We are trying to make the festival affordable for students, as well as keeping production costs low. The amounts listed below are all numbers necessary to making this project successful.

Airline tickets:

  • Alan Tilley airfare: $708
  • Nathaniel Pierce airfare: $921
  • Siyuan Li airfare: $695
  • Cole Anderson airfare: $695


Central Lutheran Church for concerts and Chamber Intensive '13: $300
Anchorage Museum for concert: $250

Car transportation:

Gas: ~$80


For five people: ~$750

Festival products:

$100: CD/DVD recordings
$50: Photographs (printing/binding)

TOTAL: $4,549

What we've done so far:

Starting in January, we applied for several grants to make this festival possible, but weren't able to receive any this year. It is very difficult to start from scratch. Therefore, we began fundraising and have raised a total of $2019.08. We have made the Chamber Intensive tuition low enough so most people can afford to attend, and we are even offering financial aid. We will receive about $1,725 from the application and tuition fees.

Total amount reached so far: $3,744.08

But we still need YOUR HELP

Total amount necessary to reach our goal: $804.92

We have had many generous donations, but to reach our goal we need your help. Every cent raised here will be used towards our project. If there is any left over, we will donate it to the Anchorage Fine Arts Society, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, which is supporting our project.


***Special thanks to photographers Willie Dalton and Peter Shin for their contributions to our project :) ***

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

If we do not reach our funding goal, we would persevere and do whatever we can to make sure that the festival happens!


1. Although we will do our best to make sure that each of our concerts are recorded, sometimes cameras and microphones fail to record. If this happens, we may not have one or more recordings to send you.

2. There is a very small risk of losing photographs if a camera malfunctions.


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