The Center for Chamber Music

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This spring, Seattle Chamber Music Society opens Seattle’s first Center for Chamber Music in the heart of downtown. This new space, just three blocks from Benaroya Hall, will feature:

  • A 60-seat Living Room concert salon
  • Two rehearsal rooms for chamber musicians
  • Our administrative office and box office
  • The Toby Saks Sheet Music Library

Our $5 million campaign is carefully designed so that we continue our 38-year track record of balancing our budget. Here’s some great news: We have raised more than $4,200,000 to date! Please join in! If you love the intimate experience of being just a few feet from the musicians, believe that chamber music transforms lives, or want a place to encounter more of this art form, your gift to our campaign is a powerful way to invest in these values.


Your gift to the campaign can support the build-out cost and new programs in our new home. Gifts directed to our Endowment Fund will ensure our sustainability and the lasting success of the new year-round programming.

  • Add your name to the donor wall: $5,000 +
  • Name a Rehearsal Room or other space in our new Center: $250,000 +
  • Establish a named Endowment Fund: $100,000 +

We accept pledges of up to five years for gifts of $25,000 or more.

TO LEARN MORE CALL US AT (206) 283-8710


The Festival concerts you know and love will continue at Benaroya Hall, and now for the first time in our history, people of all ages will come to our Center to learn, listen, play and enjoy this intimate art form through new concerts, programs, classes and multimedia presentations.

Events like our Classical Conversation podcast, Master Classes, and rehearsals will take place in the Center during the Winter and Summer Festivals. Throughout the rest of the year, new programs will continue to bring you closer than ever to the music, with several series taking place in the intimate 60-seat Living Room, the heart of the new Center.


Concert Series

Festival musicians will create unique programs exploring their special interests. These could be concerts including contemporary music, lecture/performances on specific composers, and more!

Fall 2020

Artist Residencies

This year we host percussion group the Arx Duo who will offer Master Classes to students an a public performance.

June 2020

Film Series

Explore legendary chamber music performances by some of the world’s greatest musicians.

May 27: Schubert “Trout” Quintet
June 24: Istomin/Stern/Rose Trio

Lecture Series

Take a deeper looks at the forms, styles, and intricacies of chamber music. Our first lecture series with Dr. Geoffrey Block celebrates Beethoven’s 250th birthday.

June 8: Lecture #1
June 15: Lecture #2
June 22: Lecture #3

Lunchtime Listening

Enjoy live SCMS concert recordings from our archives in these informal lunchtime gatherings.

May 21
June 18

All events and dates subject to change.

More to Hear

classical conversation

Dave Beck of Classical KING-FM 98.1 leads these informative and informal conversations with Festival musicians that are recorded live for our podcast series

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Master Classes

SCMS Festival musicians work with individual students and small chamber ensembles to coach them on select repertoire. Select Master Classes are open to the public to attend and watch.

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Summer Festival

The Summer Festival includes 12 concerts and 12 free Pre-Concert Recitals, as well as family events and other free programs. Enjoy world class performances at the acoustically superb Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall.

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