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. 

Orchestra Season 2019-2020

Saturday, September 14, 2019 - Sunday, June 21, 2020

Fall Concert
Saturday, January 11, 2020 7:00 p.m.
Riverside Church Theater

Spring Concert
Friday, June 5, 2020 7:00 p.m.
Good Shepherd Faith Church

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

Camerata Prep Orchestra
Students preparing for Camerata Saturdays, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

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

Rehearsals take place at:
The National Opera Center
330 Seventh Avenue (between 28th and 29th St.)
New York City, NY


  • 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 2019-2020. 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, 2019.

A word about our Orchestra philosophy:


We want our orchestra members to have the fullest possible orchestra experience and do therefore rotate within the sections and also switch between violin 1 and 2 for different pieces. Section leaders will be determined at a later date and will have the opportunity to practice leading for several weeks before a concert. 


Past repertoire for Camerata and Prep Orchestra includes

Barber Adagio for Strings
Beethoven Symphony No. 3
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
Holst Mars, the Bringer of War
Mendelssohn Symphony No. 3 "Scottish Symphony"
Mendelssohn Symphony No. 5 "Reformation"
Mozart Symphony No. 40
Schubert Symphony No. 8 “Unfinished”

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
Vivaldi Sinfonia for Strings