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About the Festival

Our Mission

The Pierrot Chamber Music Festival is dedicated to the study and performance of chamber music through an intensive two-week festival that provides a learning environment in which Festival Participants can study and perform new and standard chamber music repertoire in master classes, educational residencies, chamber music classes and a series of informal and formal performances. The Pierrot Consort, along with the festival’s faculty and guest artists, provide an opportunity and learning environment of excellence and broad artistic vision in which participants, whether it be the professional bound musician, the music student, or the music educator, can excel further in their studies of chamber music and develop their existing knowledge, skills and talents in music and prepare them for future careers in music and the arts.

History of the Festival

The Pierrot Chamber Music Festival was founded in 1982 by Susan Deaver, flutist, and Maureen Hynes, cellist, who are both performing members of The Pierrot Consort. Formerly known as the LIU Post Chamber Music Festival, this intensive two-week festival, unique to Long Island, focuses on the study and performance of the standard chamber music repertoire. Participants are coached and mentored by members of The Pierrot Consort, Festival Faculty and Guest Artists. The schedule includes chamber ensembles, chamber orchestras, master classes, chamber music performance classes, educational residencies, musicianship classes, concerto and ensemble competitions and a conducting program. During the festival, The Pierrot Consort with guest artists presents a series of concerts. During the final week of the festival, a series of chamber and orchestral concerts are presented by Festival Participants.
Festival participants are selected through auditions each spring for openings in piano, voice, and all orchestral instruments. In addition, a limited number of conductors are chosen for the Festival’s Conducting Program. From the very beginning, the festival has attracted young musicians from some of the country’s finest conservatories, such as The Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music, Mannes, Curtis, Eastman School of Music, Peabody, the New England Conservatory, and music schools and conservatories from abroad. In addition to students from Long Island and New York State colleges and universities. The Pierrot Chamber Music Festival has accepted talented younger students in recent years, some of whom have already won competitions.
For additional information about auditions, fellowships, and awards or the Pierrot Chamber Music Festival, please email:

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