The Kingston Chamber Music Festival advocates for, provides instruction in and exposure to chamber music…

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KCMF is pleased to share video lessons designed to help educators meet the ever-changing challenges of teaching music…

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A $1,000 scholarship to be awarded annually to a music major at the University of Rhode island. The recipient is chosen by the…

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“Music Enhances

the education of our children by helping them to make connections and broadening the depth with which they think and feel. If we are to hope for a society of culturally literate people, music must be a vital part of our children’s education.”

– Yo-Yo Ma


In addition to presenting chamber music concerts, the Kingston Chamber Music Festival advocates for and provides exposure to chamber music through Education and Outreach.

Our new music education program for 2020 will focus on two local schools, Peace Dale Elementary School and Broad Rock Middle School, both in Wakefield, RI. Beginning in January, KCMF will support the string programs with additional instructors to assist students and by supplementing their resources by providing supplies such lesson books, shoulder rests, and other essential supplies.

In a separate endeavor, we are developing a participatory lesson plan for visiting artists to use as a template for presentations in Rhode Island schools. Details on this innovative program will follow in the coming months.

The Kingston Chamber Music Festival also offers master classes each year to Rhode Island music students. These intense coaching sessions with festival artists deepen the selected students musical understanding and sharpen their playing skills. Violinist Elissa Lee Koljonen and pianist Natalie Zhu will present master classes Friday, April 17 (time to be announced) at the University of Rhode Island Fine Arts Center. Please see Master Class section for more details.

KCMF also offers a scholarship to one University of Rhode Island music student each year.
Please visit the Scholarship page for more information.



KCMF is pleased to share video lessons designed to help educators meet the ever-changing challenges of teaching music, nurturing a love for music and strengthening the skills and concepts necessary for students to become musically literate adults.

Music Magic Part 1

Join cellist Clancy Newman as he celebrates the magic of music in this entertaining and educational video. Geared for students in grades K-2, Clancy demonstrates the ways that music can change the listener’s mood, represent sounds in the real world, and inspire the imagination of the audience. The string family is introduced, as is the concept of pitch, illustrating how composers and performers use high and low sounds to communicate with the audience.  (Creating, Performing, Responding, Connecting)

Length: 12 minutes

Music Magic Part 2

Cellist Clancy Newman builds on the concepts and themes presented in his first Music Magic Video. Primary grade students will be encouraged to engage their imagination, allowing music to conjure a scene or to tell a story. Clancy also relates the music students are hearing to the composers responsible for creating it. (Creating, Performing, Responding, Connecting)

Length: 12 minutes

Rap without Words – Video 1:

In this video, cellist Clancy Newman demonstrates how to compose a Pop song by layering a melodic motif over the underlying beat. He enhances the song further by adding a backbeat, Latin and Hip-Hop rhythms, a bass line, and harmonic interest, utilizing a variety of bowing, plucking, and percussive techniques.

Length: 11 minutes

Rap without Words – Video 2:

Cellist Clancy Newman builds on the pop song he composed in Video 1, continuing to add additional stylistic elements to the mix. Here Clancy demonstrates how the cello can mimic a variety of musical styles.  He also introduces the importance of form, pointing out the verse and chorus sections, connected by the bridge. With the help of visual clues, viewers are encouraged to listen for and identify all the necessary elements of a successful song.

Length: 12 minutes



In 2004, the Kingston Chamber Music Festival established a $1,000 scholarship to be awarded annually to a music major at the University of Rhode island. The recipient is chosen by the faculty of the URI Department of Music. Congratulations to all our recipients!


Molly Vallee was born on June 29th, 1999 in Providence, Rhode Island. She is a talented and active orchestral, solo and chamber musician at the University of Rhode Island (URI) and is currently studying Music Education there.  She is principle flutist in the URI Wind Ensemble and is also in the URI Symphony Orchestra. Molly won the URI Concerto Competition in the fall of 2019 and will be performing the “Concerto in G Major,” by Carl Stamitz with the URI Symphony Orchestra this upcoming fall. Molly also performed in the Pentawinds Chamber Quintet and volunteered her talent as part of the Aurora Collaborative (1 year); a unique non-profit community chamber music program with the mission of uniting, inspiring, engaging, and innovating through unique collaboration between musicians and artists of all backgrounds. Throughout her years at the URI she has also had the pleasure of teaching private flute lessons to many students, ranging from beginners to intermediate players.

Molly has been playing flute ten years.  Her experience is very broad, having played in numerous community based ensembles including the Rhode Island Philharmonic Youth Wind Ensemble where she was principle flutist, the Rhode Island Philharmonic Reparatory Orchestra and the prestigious Rhode Island Philharmonic Youth Symphony. Molly was selected to perform in several Honors Ensembles including the Providence College Honors Wind Ensemble (1 year) and the Southern New England Honor’s Band (3 years). She was also a member of the Rhode Island Music Educators Association Honors All-State Band and Orchestra from 2013-2018.  Molly is currently a Junior at the University of Rhode Island, majoring in Music Education. She studied with Mary A. Raiche Vallee for her first 7 years of instruction, and currently studies with Susan Thomas, Applied Flute and Chamber Music instructor at the URI. After getting her Bachelor’s, Molly plans on pursuing her Master’s degree in Flute Performance.