Adult Chamber Music Workshop

A weekend retreat for chamber music and friends in the beautiful Southern Willamette Valley!


April 5 to 8, 2018


Delgani’s Adult Chamber Music Workshop is designed for string players of all levels who would like to improve their chamber music skills while exploring new repertoire. Individuals and pre-formed groups are invited to apply. No professional experience is required.

Individuals will be placed into ensembles with fellow participants. Groups will have rehearsals, receive coachings, explore repertoire in reading sessions, attend seminars, and have the opportunity to perform at the end of the weekend. There will also be plenty of opportunities to read music with others and work with members of the Delgani String Quartet.

Extra-curricular activities include indoor and outdoor recreation on the Kilston estate, optional trips to local wineries, and star-gazing led by retired astronomer Steve Kilston.

Please register early! We limit enrollment to ensure quality instruction and attention.


Thursday evening, April 5, through Sunday afternoon, April 8


Estate of Steve and Vera Kilston in Cottage Grove, Oregon


Wyatt True, Executive Director, (541) 579-5882

Seminar Topics

(subject to change and also open to suggestion!)

Material and Strategies for Effective Warmups

Rehearsal Techniques for Chamber Music

So Much Music! An Exploration of String Quartet Repertoire from Haydn to Now

Art of Fugue: From Bach to Beethoven

Call 4 Scores: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Commissioning of New Works

Tentative Schedule


6 pm — Arrival (please eat dinner before arrival)
7 pm — Orientation, group activities, seminar, and music!

Friday & Saturday

8 am — Breakfast
MORNINGS — Group warmups, individual practice, ensemble coaching

12 pm — Lunch
AFTERNOONS — Ensemble rehearsals, ensemble coaching, private lessons, sightreading, free time, etc.

5 pm — Dinner
EVENINGS — Delgani open rehearsal, seminar, sightreading, group activities, free time, etc.


9 am — Group warmups by instrument
10 am — Individual practice
11 am — Ensemble coaching
12 pm — LUNCH
1 pm — Performance preparations
3 pm — Retreat performance

Meet Your Hosts

Steve and Vera Kilston own a magnificent property in the Southern Willamette Valley! The property and surrounding acreage will host the Delgani Adult Quartet Retreats.

Steve and Vera have been aerospace engineers (including being responsible for the satellites taking the pictures of Earth’s surface you can see on Google), teachers and coaches (of math, physics, astronomy, gymnastics, chess, piano, and violin), parents (5 children), and grandparents of 7. Steve has a Ph.D. in Astronomy, discovered a comet, proved that we are made of atoms created in stars, and designed a plausible interstellar spaceship. Vera designed their home and produced the gardens and mosaics decorating it.

The Kilston estate boasts a handful of private suites and two large dormitory space. Each participant will have their own bed and can choose to stay in a dormitory, private room, or at the Best Western Inn just 13 minutes away.


Tuition — $300

Includes all coachings, seminars, individual instruction, performances, and meals from Friday breakfast to Sunday lunch.

On-site lodging: all rates are for three nights (Thur, Fri, Sat)

$100 — Dormitory with shared bath (segregated male/female dorms)
$300 — Private room with private bath (only three available)

Commuters also have a hotel option:

Cottage Grove’s Best Western Inn is located at 1601 Gateway Blvd, just a 13-minute drive from the retreat.

Traveling with another participant? Best Western’s double-occupancy rates may provide the best tradeoff between price and privacy. Pay only the tuition fee to Delgani and split the hotel cost with your travel partner.


Please download the following registration form and submit it along with all program fees.

Although not required, a video or audio recording of your playing would be greatly appreciated. It will help us place individuals in appropriate groups. Please use our Contact Page to send a file or link to an online video.

This program has been made possible, in part, with support from ACMP Associated Chamber Music Players.