“The chamber music workshop was the very best session in all of my years of going to such workshops during my half century of chamber music playing. The coaches were superb and caring and quite demanding in executing their tasks.” Ted, Evanston
“I want to thank you for a really wonderful week of coaching. I could one-up Ted by saying that it was the best in all my 70 years of coached chamber music!” Phyllis, Chicago
“You did a helluva job putting together an outstanding workshop.” Bob, New Jersey
“Thank you very much for your effort and skill in providing such a beautiful week of teaching and music.” Bernard, Evanston
“I enjoyed meeting everyone, the wonderful performances and the entire week of music-making. I am already looking forward to next year.” Peter, St Louis
“Thank you for sharing your knowledge, leadership and creativity with us. Your coachings were particularly valuable.” David, Evanston
“Thank you for your truly inspired coaching and all of the little extras you provided to make this such an enjoyable time for us.” Diane, Maryland
"Over the decades I've been to workshops in San Diego, Chico (CA), Seattle, and since 2006 to the one in Bennington, Vermont and at DePaul. The coaching at Lake Forest is among the top." Beverly, Bloomington, Ind.
Lakeside Chamber Music is a not-for profit corporation. The organization's mission is to broaden the appreciation and understanding of string chamber music repertoire.
Our annual workshops expose adult string players of diverse musical backgrounds to chamber music coaching at the highest level.
The director of the workshops is Professor Bernard Zinck. In addition to Dr. Zinck, other coaches include Janet Anthony, Matthew Michelic, and Elena Abend (see below).
The workshops are held primarily at Lake Forest College in Lake Forest, Illinois (www.lakeforest.edu) . The scenic campus is ideally located in the northern suburbs of Chicago, on the shores of Lake Michigan. Lake Forest is a 30-minute drive from downtown Chicago, and accessible via Metra trains from downtown Chicago. They are a 60-minute drive from downtown Milwaukee. For directions and more information about their campus, please visit the website of each university.
Matthew Michelic serves on the faculty of the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music, where his teaching activities include viola, chamber music coaching, orchestral literature for strings and an upper-level course focused on the history of the string quartet. He enjoys a diverse musical career as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestral player and teacher. He has performed throughout the United States and internationally as a member of the Kenwood, Da Vinci and Delos Quartets as well as with Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and the Aspen Festival Orchestra. He studied at the Britten-Pears School in Aldeburgh, England and the Institute for Advanced Musical Studies in Montreux, Switzerland. He has served as an artist-in-residence at the Colorado College, the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and the University of Delaware. He has presented master classes at schools of music across the United States and at the national conservatories of China (Beijing) and Vietnam (Hanoi). Currently Mr. Michelic The former students of Mr. Michelic now teach in public school, community school and university settings and perform in professional chamber and orchestral ensembles in both the United States and Europe. For a link to his school webpage, click here.
Elena Abend serves on the Piano and Chamber Music Faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She was born in Caracas, Venezuela. She received her Bachelor and Master degrees from the Juilliard School and was awarded the William Schuman Prize upon graduation. An avid chamber music collaborator, she has performed with Frankly Music, Present Music, Chamber Music Milwaukee, Faculty Artist Series, Fine Arts Quartet and the Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra. She is a founding member of the Elisio Ensemble whose mission is promoting Latin American music. For a link to her school webpage, click here.