What is CHAMPS?

CHAMPS logoChamber Music in Public Schools (CHAMPS) is the educational arm of Salon Concerts, Inc.  Founded in 1991 by Robert Rudie with only a handful of students, CHAMPS is now in 13 public middle and high schools in the Austin, Lake Travis and Round Rock school districts providing free, weekly professional chamber music coaching.

CHAMPS students come from varied diverse ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds and musical experience, and leave the program with a life-long appreciation for music. Students develop leadership, communication and critical thinking skills as they work together to coordinate parts and create an artistic interpretation of the music.

In addition to in-school coaching sessions, CHAMPS students participate in master classes by renowned artists, perform at Salon Concerts’ house concerts & semester recitals, and bring classical music to retirement homes, schools, hospitals, and charity events.

CHAMPS collaborates with the University of Texas Butler School of Music and Balcones Community Orchestra, as well as other organizations.

Toby Blumenthal-Phillips, Director of CHAMPS,

Leah Nelson, Associate Director of CHAMPS

For more information about CHAMPS, or to engage a CHAMPS ensemble, contact Leah Nelson, CHAMPS Associate Director, at leahceleste@gmail.com.