Program Overview

The mission of the The Adult Chamber Music Program (ACMP) is to educate, motivate, and inspire excellence and artistry at every level of chamber music performance.

Under the direction of Dr. Allison Brewster Franzetti, the Adult Chamber Music Program at Mason Gross is designed for non-professional, adult musicians – instrumentalists and vocalists – who are passionate about chamber music. Participants rehearse with fellow enthusiasts, and coach with members of the Extension Division’s world-class faculty, assisted by interns from the Mason Gross Music Department.

This program is specially configured to work with the Rutgers University calendar, making it ideal for participation by Rutgers students, faculty & staff.  A 10% faculty/staff discount is available; please call us to register using this discount – 848-932-8618!

If you are interested in joining the Adult Chamber Music Program, please fill out this self-evaluation form.

Learn more about program registration here.

The Adult Chamber Music Program offers the following opportunities to program participants:

  • Ensemble training: focusing on chamber music ensembles in which players are typically one to a part (as opposed to an orchestra in which players might be part of a section consisting of multiple players to a single part.
  • Coaching with ACMP Artist Faculty and Mason Gross Collegiate faculty, assisted by MGSA college interns.
  • Faculty-led performance forums.   All ACMP ensembles have the opportunity to perform and to provide feedback for one another.
  • Performances at Mason Gross School of the Arts recital halls, the Zimmerli Art Museum, and at a variety of community-based (off-campus) locations.


ACMP ensembles work with faculty coaches and Mason Gross collegiate interns on Sunday afternoons, for two hours, on a monthly basis (October – May).  Each session is two (2) hours in duration.  During the first hour-and-a-half, the coach and intern will work with the group.  During the last half hour, the intern works with the ensemble on his/her own to review what has been taught, and to prepare the group to practice effectively for the next coaching session.


Performance forums occur every three meetings following Sunday coaching sessions (see schedule below).  They are open to all members of Chamber Music at Mason Gross ensembles and provide an opportunity for ensembles to perform for one another.  Faculty members lead post-performance discussions which encourage constructive, supportive feedback from all program participants.  Guest teaching artists may be engaged to lead these forums and to present or perform for participants as well.


Instrumentalists ages 18 and older; and vocalists ages 21 and older; composers who also play an instrument or sing – ages 18 and older.

ACMP is open to members of the Rutgers community (professors, students, staff, alumni) as well as the community at large. 

Auditions are not necessary but are recommended for placement purposes only.