The WA Young Artists Chamber Music Program (WAYACHAMP) offers young West Australians opportunities to collaborate with other like-minded students and professionals in music making. Using chamber music as a platform, WAYACHAMP programs invite students to create, learn and perform together, championing each individual's voice as part of a wider collective.
Since the program's inception in 2011, over 750 West Australian students have participated in WAYACHAMP activities.
Through personal interactions and expressive exploration, WAYACHAMP students gain emotional awareness and learn how to connect with themselves, others and the creative arts in a meaningful and relevant way.
To provide young people with nurturing and engaging experiences, focusing on collaboration, connection and development through the platform of chamber music.
We create unique opportunities for young West Australians.
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What is Chamber Music?
Chamber music is defined as "a form of classical music that is composed for a small group of instruments--traditionally a group that could fit in a palace chamber or a large room" (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chamber_music).
In essence, it differs from orchestral music in that each person is responsible for playing their own individual part. This requires different skills and attributes than solo or orchestral music. As it is for a small group of players, it lends itself to often being an activity enjoyed by friends. It is for these reasons that chamber music is globally recognised as a necessary activity to undertake when studying music, and also one of the most rewarding.
What are the benefits of studying Chamber Music?
As you are the only person responsible for your part, chamber music participation puts a spotlight on all areas of music making, including:
- Development of technical skills such as tuning, rhythm, tone, dynamics
- Development of ensemble skills such as balance, blend and movement
- Development of musical skills such as expression, understanding of form, gesture and historical context
- Development of other transferable skills such as teamwork, leadership, self-analysis, constructive criticism, goal setting, responsibility, encouragement of others
Engaging in ensembles leads to further artistic possibilities. It puts all the skills worked on in the practice room into context.
WAYACHAMP students benefit from the networking and friendship opportunities with students from other schools, where they may not be many others with whom they can play chamber music.
They also benefit from working closely with mentors and professionals in the music industry.
WAYACHAMP students are encouraged to explore both old favourites and new compositions in the chamber music genre.
WAYACHAMP is commited to ensuring the safety and wellbeing of all our students and staff. Read our Child Safety and Wellbeing Policy here.