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 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 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!


Makayla Lane is a Rhode Island-based soprano currently completing a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance at the University of Rhode Island. Her passion for opera stems from her roles and experiences in musical theater. She has notably portrayed Laurey in Oklahoma and Belle in Beauty and the Beast at North Kingstown High School under the direction of Norma Caiazza.

At URI, she has sung various styles ranging from chamber music, opera, oratorio, contemporary and art song. She participates in the esteemed Opera Workshop under the direction of Rene de la Garza. Her favorite operatic scenes have included solos and duets of Susanna’s from The Marriage of Figaro, Mabel from The Pirates of Penzance, and Carrie from Carousel. She participates in Concert Choir, University Chorus, Orchestra as a violinist, and vocal chamber ensembles. This spring Makayla was a featured soloist with the URI Symphony Orchestra, singing Handel’s Let the Bright Seraphim conducted by Ann Danis.

​Competing in the Rhode Island NATS Student Auditions in 2019, Makayla was awarded first place in the Lower College Classical Division. She also debuted at Carnegie Hall with the Rhode Island Youth Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra in 2017 conducted by Alexey Shabalin. In the spring of 2021, Makayla was awarded the Kingstown Chamber Music Festival Award and Scholarship and is incredibly honored to achieve such an accolade.

Makayla currently sings as a soloist at Christ Church under George Kent and has previously studied with Margaret Frazier and Julie M. Andrews. She currently works with accompanist and coach Dr. David Gilliland and studies voice with Rene De La Garza from the University of Rhode Island and Dr. Corrine Byrne from Longy School of Music.