The Green Lake Festival Chamber Music Institute in central Wisconsin is an extraordinary opportunity for students to make music together with greater expression, sensitivity, openness, intent, command, humility, and more; they will learn by instruction, by example, by matching.

Director and concert pianist Andy Armstrong has been part of the Chamber Music Institute for over a decade and has gathered a faculty of internationally acclaimed chamber musicians who continue the world-class musicianship, dynamic personalities, and true caring for each student of this outstanding program.

The chamber music program accepts pre-college and college-aged violin, viola, cello, piano, and wind students. The faculty and staff emphasize a supportive, nurturing environment in which to learn chamber music skills that are also life skills: communication, listening, giving, flexibility, and taking musical risks.

Each student lives in a single dorm room and has chamber coachings, private lessons, and performance opportunities, including The Circle of Sound in a historic barn. Enhancing the instrumental experience, students will also have the opportunity study techniques for practicing and avoiding injury, enjoy the beautiful Ripon/Green Lake area, and have fun!


The institute is open to college, graduate, and pre-college (grades 7-12) string, piano, and wind students, individually or in pre-formed groups. Enrollment is limited and early application is strongly encouraged.


Participants will enjoy concerts by the award-winning Spektral Quartet (July 8–9) and the institute faculty at no additional charge. They are featured performers in the Student Chamber Music Celebration Concert at the end of institute and in the Circle of Sound String Chamber Orchestra with the faculty. Venues include Green Lake’s historic Thrasher Opera House, and Demmer Recital Hall at Ripon College.


All students stay in single dorm rooms, with hall bathrooms. All meals will be provided.

Discounts & Deadlines

Early-bird DEADLINE EXTENDED! $225 discount (application fee and tuition) if application is received by April 1 and fees paid in full within 30 days of acceptance. Applications received after April 1 will be reviewed in the order received until all positions are filled.


Students receive a minimum of three private lessons and daily chamber music coaching with world-renowned faculty. Numerous solo and chamber music master classes are offered by faculty and guest artists. There are several public student chamber music concerts, solo recitals, and a performance of a string chamber orchestra made up of students and faculty.

Recreation & Fun

The new Willmore Center at Ripon College features a pool, three fitness studios, a weight room and a cardio balcony. Ripon, WI is a friendly community energized by community celebrations, eclectic shops, tasty cuisine, historic character and natural beauty.

Fees, Application & Scholarship

Early bird discount* (if received by April 1, 2020)
Application fee (non-refundable):  $75
Tuition & facility fee:  $1,100
Room & board:  $1,100
Early bird total:  $2,275    

Applications received after April 1, 2020**
Application fee (non-refundable):  $100
Tuition & facility fee:  $1,200
Room & board:  $1,200
Total (after April 1, 2020):  $2,500

Tuition scholarships are available for qualified students based on artistic ability and financial need. For the on-line institute application & scholarship information, click here.

*Early bird discount: $225 discount on total fees (application fee & tuition) if application is received by March 1, 2020 and all fees are paid in full within 30 days of acceptance. Additional 10% discount for pre-formed ensembles: trios or quartets. **Applications received after March 1, 2020 will be reviewed in the order received until all places are filled.


Transportation will be available for $25 each trip per student traveling to or from Outagamie County Regional Airport in Appleton, Dane County Airport in Madison, or Mitchell Airport in Milwaukee.

Refund Policy: Because this is a chamber music institute, part of the basis for your invitation to attend is the fact that you are well matched with others who have applied and can be placed in a group that will be as compatible as possible. The nonrefundable application fee pays for the administration of the application and the development of the student groups for the institute. Therefore, should you choose before April 20 to withdraw from attending, tuition will be refunded minus the early bird discount ($100 application fee is non-refundable) and a $200 administrative fee. After April 20, 50% of total tuition and room/board will be refunded, and after May 13, there will not be any refund.  If there is a family emergency (not vacation), this policy may be reviewed on an individual basis. In the event that the institute must be cancelled because of the coronavirus, all fees will be refunded.