The Center for Gifted Young Musicians (CGYM) provides a challenging package of musical training at the highest level and performance opportunities for gifted young instrumentalists during the fall and spring semesters of the University’s academic calendar. All string ensembles meet on Saturday afternoons.

Our distinguished CGYM faculty/artists are notated on the Music Prep faculty page.

Come and Be Heard 

Established in 1986, the CGYM program is focused on providing string students with a professional yet nurturing atmosphere to develop both their technical skills and their love of music. While not every student may be working towards a career in performance, they are all serious about their commitment to music. This program helps shape their understanding of all that is needed to surpass the challenges of such an advanced art form and enjoy a fulfilling musical life. 

Working on notable chamber music repertoire with some of Philadelphia’s finest professional musicians, our young musicians are guided and motivated to achieve the highest level of performance. Participating in the CGYM chamber orchestras develops the skills required for orchestral playing in a group small enough to be individually heard. The feeling of community generated by an intimate group of like-minded students is invaluable. 

Ensembles and Opportunities

Group shot of students with string instruments standing on risers
CGYM Students in Reykjavík, Iceland

Icelandic Cultural Exchange 

The Youth Chamber Orchestra participates in a cultural exchange with the Tónskóli Sigursveins D. Kristinssonar in Reykjavík, Iceland and has traveled there in 2015, 2017, and most recently in June of 2019.  Preliminary plans for a return to Iceland are in discussion.  The Icelandic students have visited Philadelphia in 2014, 2016, and 2019. 

Quartet-In-Residence 

The Jasper String Quartet, recipient of Chamber Music America’s prestigious Cleveland Quartet Award, is our professional quartet-in-residence and provides the CGYM students with valuable insights into career building and performance.

Audition Information 

Auditions for the Center or Gifted Young Musicians 2022-2023 season are being heard in person and virtually.

In-person auditions are being heard at Temple University Center City on June 11th and September 10th.
Virtual auditions will be accepted through September 1st.

Application and audition sign-up/submission can be found on the Temple Noncredit Registration site.

​All students (current and new) are required to submit an application for the 2022-2023 season.

Important Dates 

2022-2023 Rehearsals and Master Classes will take place on Saturday afternoons from late-September/early-October through mid-May. Youth Chamber Orchestra rehearsals will continue into mid-June should a trip to Iceland be confirmed.

There will be no rehearsals or master classes on November 26, December 24, December 31, and April 8.  

Concerts and Dress Rehearsals

Dress Rehearsals immediately precedes each performance.

2021-2022

Festival of Young Musicians: Showcase of Small Ensembles featuring the musicians of the Youth Chamber Orchestra
May 6 at 7:30pm, Rock Hall Auditorium 

Festival of Young Musicians: Singular Strings - All Camerata Chamber Players and Chamber Players Orchestra ensembles will perform
May 7 at 2:00pm, Temple Performing Arts Center

Festival of Young Musicians: Gala Concert featuring the Youth Chamber Orchestra directed by Aaron Picht
May 7 at 7:30pm, Temple Performing Arts Center

2022-2023

Winter Concert: Chamber Players Orchestra Small Ensembles
December 10 at 2:00pm, Rock Hall Auditorium

Winter Concert: Youth Chamber Orchestra Small Ensembles
December 10 at 4:00pm, Rock Hall Auditorium

Winter Concert: Center for Gifted Young Musicians Large Ensembles
December 17 at 2:00pm, Temple Performing Arts Center

Festival of Young Musicians: Showcase of Small Ensembles featuring the musicians of the Chamber Players Orchestra
May 5 at 7:30pm, Rock Hall Auditorium 

Festival of Young Musicians: Showcase of Small Ensembles featuring the musicians of the Youth Chamber Orchestra
May 12 at 7:30pm, Rock Hall Auditorium 

Festival of Young Musicians: Singular Strings - featuring the Chamber Players Orchestra and Baroque Players Orchestra
May 13 at 2:00pm, Temple Performing Arts Center

Festival of Young Musicians: Gala Concert featuring the Youth Chamber Orchestra directed by Aaron Picht
May 13 at 7:30pm, Temple Performing Arts Center