CMC Chamber Orchestras, led by conductor, Sibylle Johner, offer an exciting and rich experience for the orchestral musician. Three different levels are offered to enable constant growth and inspiration. CMC Camerata repertoire includes the masterpieces by giants such as Beethoven, Mozart, and Mendelssohn. Camerata Prep prepares students for entry in Camerata. Our youngest orchestra, Divertimento, performs works by composers such as Peter Martin, Karl Jenkins, Mozart and Bach. 

Camerata Orchestra
Advanced students
Saturdays, 11:00 a.m. –
1:50 p.m. 

Camerata Prep Orchestra
Students preparing for Camerata Saturdays, 12:00 – 2:30 p.m.

Divertimento Orchestra
Intermediate level students
Saturdays, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m

Rehearsals take place at: 
The National Opera Center America
330 Seventh Avenue (between 28th and 29th St.)

Applications for 2018-2019 Are open


  • Students must have a private teacher for their audition instrument.
  • Private teachers must give consent for their student to enroll.
  • Students should have previous ensemble experience, i.e. orchestra, piano ensemble, choir, etc.
  • Student must demonstrate proficiency appropriate for their age in technique, musicianship, note reading skills.
  • Ages 8 - 25.
  • Guidelines for orchestra participation can be found here.  

Participation Fees

For a full list of participation fees, please visit our fees page


Applications are now open for CMC Season 2018-2019. Once your application and application fee is received you will be invited to sign up for a live audition 

Audition Guidlines

All applicants are expected to perform a live audition consisting of: 

  • A short Solo piece of choice
  • Two Scales and arpeggios of your choice 
  • Short sight-reading excerpts
  • Orchestral excerpt assigned prior to audition

Financial Aid

CMC has limited financial aid for need-based students. To be considered please fill out an application. Preference will be given to applications received before September 8, 2018.


Past repertoire for Camerata and Prep Orchestra includes

Barber Adagio for Strings
Beethoven Symphony No. 4
Beethoven Symphony No. 7
Copland Billy the Kid
Copland Appalachian Spring
Dvorak Symphony No. 9 "From the New World"
Grieg Holberg Suite
Holst St. Paul Suite
Mendelssohn Symphony No. 3 "Scottish Symphony"
Mozart Symphony No. 40

Past repertoire for Divertimento Orchestra includes:
Bach Cantata
Brahms Hungarian Dance No. 5
Corelli Concert Grosso Op. 6, No. 2
Martin Venezia
Villoldo Choclo
Vivaldi Concerto Grosso, Op. 3 No. 2