The Kingston Chamber Music Festival engages world-class, virtuoso musicians for chamber performances that transform the Kingston landscape each summer. Beginning in the summer of 2015, festival Artistic Director Natalie Zhu, through the generous support of the Natalie Kampen endowment fund, established an educational program of annual festival master classes intended to provide expert coaching by festival musicians to advanced local music students. These classes offer Rhode Island students a special opportunity to deepen their study with their current music teachers by participating in an individual coaching session with the festival's world-renowned performers, whose insights and experience exemplify the highest levels of musical achievement.
Master classes in 2015 were offered by bassoonist Harrison Hollingsworth for woodwind players and by violinist Amy Oshiro for string players. Held at the URI Fine Arts Center, the 90-minute- long classes invited students to perform a prepared solo, followed by individual artistic coaching. Sessions were open for viewing by the general public and proved popular with participants and listeners alike. In 2016, the Clarosa Piano Quartet and pianist Stewart Goodyear coached student ensembles and solo pianists. For the 2017 Festival, Kyu-Young Kim worked with violinists and Viktor Valkov worked with pianists. Coming in 2018 are master classes with Zach DePue on violin and Ronaldo Rolim on piano.