There is a non-profit organization in Austin that helps young musicians fine tune their skills.
"The Austin Chamber Music Center is an organization that does performances and also education,” said Michelle Schumann, the center’s artistic director. “We get together kids from all over the city to play chamber music together."
Like young cellist Rachel Rivero.
"I think chamber music has really inspired me to do more. It's probably what pushes me through a lot, and others really inspire you and motivate you to work harder," Rivero said. "It's really great because you learn to work well with others and make so many new friends."
On top of that, students like Rivero are gaining other important skills beyond perfecting their sound.
"With chamber music, we put together kids in groups of trios or quartets and they become their own leaders, and they all get to lead at one time,” Schumann said. “They learn these incredible skills of diplomacy and how to work together and how to get a vision in mind for a piece of music."
This deepens their love and appreciation for a type of music that has been played for more than 200 years, she said.
The Austin Chamber Music Center works with people of all ages. For more information about their educational programs, outreach or concerts, you can visit their website.