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 on July 22, 2018. Our next classes will be offered twice a week from July 9-21 in Cerritos, Tustin and Fullerton. Application fee is $10 and deadline to apply is April 30. Your acceptance is based on your Teacher’s Recommendation and Audition (May 5 in Fullerton or May 6 in Cerritos). Selected students will be invited on May 10 and the full tuition of $225 is due by June 1. Early Discount Tuition is $200 if paid by May 20. Students apply for the location and schedule you would prefer:

SESSION 1: MON. & THU. CERRITOS 1:30-4:00 pm
 July 9, 12, 16, 19

SESSION 2: MON. & THU. CERRITOS 7:00-9:30 pm
 July 9, 12, 16, 19

SESSION 3: TUE. & FRI. TUSTIN  1:30-4:00 pm July 10, 13, 17, 20

SESSION 4: TUE. & FRI. FULLERTON 7:00-9:30 pm
 July 10, 13, 17, 20

SESSION 5: WED. & SAT. TUSTIN  1:30-4:00 pm
 July 11, 14, 18, 21

SESSION 6: WED. & SAT. FULLERTON 7:00-9:30 pm
 July 11, 14, 18, 21

Composition Competition

Concurrent with the Performer Program we also offer a Composition Competition. We seek submissions of finished works under 5 minutes, scored for any combination of strings (violin, viola, cello) and/or piano. Works must be for a chamber ensemble (one player per part) of between two and for DIFFERENT instruments (exception: works for 3 or 4 parts may include no more than 2 violin parts). Composers of any age may submit, but they must not be established, career composers whose majority of works have been or are regularly performed. Our Faculty will select the winning scores on the basis of quality and originality. Application fee is $50 and deadline to submit is April 30. Read more.

See and hear our participants/winners/performers from our 2017 Composition Competition.


Put your own group together and sign up to play for the ASTA Chamber Music Festival on March 18, 2018. We’re putting together groups from the past several summers to enjoy an afternoon (2-6 pm) at Chapman University. Renew old friendships and listen to others. Read more.


Kay Pech, Director/Violin & Viola
Leslie Ho, Violin & Viola
Judy Kang, Cello
Sarah Wallin Huff, Composition/Violin & Viola

Masterclasses are provided by Dr. Donald Ambroson, Dr. Charles Baker and Peter Marsh.

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.

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