About CMIsc

The CMIsc Chamber Music Program is a two-week summer music course to provide extraordinary opportunities and exposure to aspiring and established performers on violin, viola and cello. The program engages performers of all ages (8 to 88) and skill levels through group rehearsals, coaching sessions, improvisation and masterclasses with a goal of creating a performance of string chamber music at the gala concert at the Nixon Library (Yorba Linda) at 2 pm on July 23, 2023. Our next classes are offered twice a week from July 7-22 in Cerritos, Santa Ana, Placentia and Temple City. The specific times and days at these locations are on the application. Apply by April 25, auditions will be held April 29 and 30 via Zoom. Selected students will be invited via email on May 5. Tuition of $200 is due by May 15. Scholarships are available for highly qualified applicants. Performing participants will be mailed their music in late May to allow time for them to prepare the music with their private instructors prior to arriving in July for the first rehearsal.


Kay Pech, Director/Violin & Viola
Esther Back, Cello
Leslie Ho, Violin & Viola
Emily Wu, Violin & Viola

Read more about each on our Faculty Pages

Richard Anshutz Memorial Scholarship

In memory of one of our founders, we provide a full tuition scholarship to a returning student (second or more year). Our tribute page is dedicated to Richard Anshutz (1930-2013), who lived a life of enthusiasm, dedication to completing a task, and effort to go above and beyond the call of duty as a musician. Each year we will present the Richard Anshutz Prize in celebration of Maestro Anshutz’s life in music.

Women Violinists

Compiled by CMIsc Director Kay Pech, the history of women violinists born before 1950 includes a chronological list of selected women violinists, societal attitudes toward women violinists, as well as an extensive list of music written by women for the violin/viola/cello/string chamber music. Easy reading ….highly recommended!


Helpful links to professional orchestras, chamber music concerts, online music theory skills, listening skills and listening to KUSC.

CMIsc History

Our first few years (1997-2002) of CMIsc were split between Cerritos and homes in Mission Viejo that hosted our rehearsals held once a week for four weeks. Our concerts were our participation in the MTAC-Long Beach Summer Chamber Music Festival at a church in Long Beach at the end of July, chaired by Kay Pech. In 2002 with the addition of Dr. Charles Baker to our faculty, we also began holding rehearsals in Fullerton.

In 2004 we began holding our Gala Concerts in Roselle Hall, Fullerton, hosted by Dr. Charles Baker and Joanne Ausmus-Baker. Our rehearsal schedule changed to twice-a-week for two weeks for a more concentrated preparation, feeling that in once-a-week rehearsals students often forgot the material we had prepared. We have offered improvisation at many of our sessions, depending on the interest of both faculty and students. Our rehearsals have been in Irvine, Fullerton and Cerritos since the addition of Dr. Ambroson to our faculty in 2009. Our Gala Concerts have been at the Cerritos Park East since 2009, provided gratis by the City of Cerritos.

We celebrated our 25th summer with 3 concerts performed in the evening on July 23, 2021, in Tustin, California. Each of 3 concerts presented 5 of our string quartets. Each participant received full tuition scholarships in celebration of our 25 years.

We have a long history of enjoying the return of many of our student performers. You are invited to view all of our photos.

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