CHAMPS groups are selected based on audition and/or recommendation from the school’s orchestra director. A student must be a member of the school’s orchestra to participate in CHAMPS.
CHAMPS instruction is provided once a week in school, for 26 weeks over fall and spring semesters. Tuition is on a sliding scale to allow students to participate in CHAMPS regardless of income. Students from Title I schools participate free of charge. Each CHAMPS school has a parent liaison who helps students set up student-led rehearsals, arrange outreach performances, and help with the annual fundraiser.
All CHAMPS students may receive one complimentary ticket to each Salon Concerts House Concert. One parent may attend the concert with their child at the “student” ticket price. Many CHAMPS groups will also have an opportunity to perform at a Salon Concert, at the beginning of the concert. Being selected for this performance is a significant honor. These students as well as their parents are invited to attend the entire concert as guests.
All students and parents need to reserve their seats one week in advance if they plan to attend a Salon Concert. Attendance includes the concert and the post-concert buffet of hors d’oeuvres and wine.