April 30, 2014                                                       Contact: Gina Izzo (212) 242-2022,ext. 5291
For Immediate Release                                                                         
Arts organizations throughout the U.S. will showcase 
classical, jazz, and world music for small ensembles
NEW YORK, NY (April 30, 2014) – Chamber Music America has designated May as National Chamber Music Month. Now in its third year, this annual initiative brings together hundreds of performances, residencies, and pre- and post-concert discussions, showcasing ensemble music of all styles, including early, classical, jazz, and world music.
Extending throughout all 50 states, this year’s events reflect the diversity and vitality of a dynamic chamber music field. Seasoned and aspiring performers alike will take the stage in venues across the country, performing works that span styles, genres, and centuries. This year’s presentations include vibrant jazz, world, contemporary, and classical works performed in traditional as well as unusual venues, and a host of other events in urban, rural, and suburban areas of the country.  
Chamber Music America, the national network of ensemble music professionals, introduced National Chamber Music Month in 2012 in an effort to raise the public awareness of chamber music nationally and to build new audiences within local communities.
“The chamber music field continues to grow, embracing new influences and adapting to a changing cultural landscape,” said Chamber Music America CEO Margaret M. Lioi. “National Chamber Music Month offers audiences an opportunity to experience the exhilarating work being presented across the country, and we’re thrilled that ensembles and presenters in every state are participating.”
Chamber Music America defines chamber music as works for small ensembles of 2–10 members, performing one to a part, generally without a conductor. The organization’s 6,000-plus members include ensembles, presenting organizations, festivals, individual musicians, music educators, composers, artist managers, and other music professionals.
For information on performances taking place across the country during National Chamber Music Month, visit
Chamber Music America, thenational network of ensemble music professionals, was founded in 1977 to develop, support, and strengthen the chamber music community. With a membership of over 6,000, including musicians, ensembles, presenters, artist managers, educators, music businesses, and advocates of ensemble music, CMA welcomes members representing a wide range of musical styles and traditions. CMA provides its members with grant programs, consulting services, access to instrument and other insurances, conferences, seminars, and several publications, including Chamber Music magazine. Visit