June 23 – 29, 2024

Explore the world of chamber music for strings
at the beautiful campus of Kansas Wesleyan University

Chamber Music Coaching

Each ensemble will receive 5, one hour coaching per week with Rudolph or Edmund Stein.

Master Classes

Each ensemble will participate in a masterclass with Rudolph or Edmund Stein, performing in front of their peers.

Private Instruction

A student can choose additional private instruction with an instructor.

We Are Accepting Players of All Levels


Less Than 1 Year

Students who have been studying their instrument less than 1 year


Between 2-5 years

Students between 2-5 years experience playing their instrument


5 or More Years

Students with 5 or more years experience playing their instrument

Each participant will be placed in a small group and can expect to:

• Develop leadership and interpersonal skills in a fun setting
• Learn to play with confidence in a small group without a conductor
• Improve your playing skills and musicianship
• Play great music and make new friends!

One Week of Exciting Chamber Music

Chamber music is small ensembles performing with one person to a part and without a conductor. It is some of the most fun yet challenging, rewarding, and memorable musical experiences a musician will have. Chamber music study develops leadership and interpersonal skills, critical thinking, and challenges students to incorporate soloistic playing in an ensemble setting. If you wish to pursue a career in music, chamber music is an essential component of a complete musical education. For all students, chamber music opens up new possibilities for advancement and enjoyment.

It is great fun to play chamber music because each player is an individual. It is like having a conversation in music. There is no conductor, so each musician has to listen carefully to the others and learn to play together as a small team. You can also hear your own playing better than you can in an orchestra. Some living composers have written a lot of music for young players who are not very advanced. Some of Mozart’s earlier string quartets are not too difficult and make an excellent introduction to chamber music playing.

Upon confirmation of placement, participants will receive information on how to download the music they will need to prepare. Each participant will be expected to prepare, to the best of their ability, their part before they arrive for the first session. We encourage each participant to get help from their local private teacher or arrange lessons with a teacher.

Each participant will be placed in a small ensemble of 2 to 5 players, and have in-depth coachings with the Stein brothers. Each ensemble will have two performance opportunities, one in a masterclass and a final performance.

Participants can choose to have one or more private lessons with one of the Stein brothers as time will allow.

Scholarships are still available. Go here for more information.

Edmund Stein
Rudolph Stein
Leonardo Rosario

The Instructors

Edmund and Rudolph Stein are sons of the late Eric Stein and Valentine Stein, founders of the Salina Symphony. Eric Stein was a long-time Music professor at Marymount College and Valentine Stein taught Ballet at Marymount and the Russian and German languages at Salina Central. Both Edmund and Rudolph were born and raised in Salina and now have successful careers in the music industry.

Edmund Stein has served as the concertmaster for the San Diego Opera Orchestra, a member of the Thouvenel String Quartet and has coached and performed chamber music throughout the United States and internationally.

Rudolph Stein has served as principal cellist of the Charleston (W. Va.) Symphony, as well as principal of the Shreveport (La.) Symphony. He has also been a part of the Pacific Symphony Orchestra, the San Diego Chamber Orchestra and the California Chamber Orchestra, among many other positions.

Dr. Leonardo (Ottoni do) Rosario is Kansas Wesleyan University’s director of strings. Ottoni do Rosario has played in professional orchestras as a violinist in Brazil and in the United States, and has participated in national and international performance tours in ten countries with some of the world’s leading conductors. Ottoni do Rosario claimed second prize at the International Chamber Music Competition of the Chamber Music Foundation of New England in 2008.