Chamber Music Maryland | Chamber Music Maryland

About Chamber Music Maryland

Chamber Music Maryland (formerly Candlelight Concert Society) is a Maryland based concert presenter, offering professional world-class chamber music concerts, children's programs, community outreach programs, master classes, and pre-concert lectures and discussions.

Our Mission

The mission of Chamber Music Maryland is to present the finest national and international chamber music ensembles and soloists, to provide young people with a stimulating introduction to the performing arts, and to reach out to those with limited opportunities to experience the arts.

We value…

  • Our musicians and performing artists

  • Our audience, both loyal subscribers and discerning individual ticket purchasers

  • Our volunteers who support the production of concert performances and office administration

  • The diversity of our artists, composers, and audiences

  • Keeping our outstanding programs affordable and accessible

  • The educational benefits of master classes and pre-concert lectures and discussions

  • Special performances designed for families with children

  • Outreach performances for school-aged audiences, focused community groups, and those whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by economics or disability

  • The generous support of individual donors, the corporate community, and performing arts granting organizations

  • Individuals with a shared vision who serve as our Board of Directors

Chamber Music Series

Since its founding in 1972 as the Candlelight Concert Society, Chamber Music Maryland (CMM) has presented the finest in Chamber Music concerts. It is now ranked among the best professional series in the United States. Based in Columbia, Maryland, CMM has grown into a nationally recognized cultural institution.

CMM is recognized and respected by musicians, arts managers, and classical radio listeners nationwide. We are proud to support rising young stars of the classical music world and is privileged to be among the first to present first prizewinners of several international competitions such as:

  • Borciani International String Quartet Competition

  • Chesapeake International Chamber Music Competition

  • Naumburg International Competition

  • Young Concert Artists International Auditions

Performing Arts for Children

CMM offers imaginatively conceived programs to spark a child's interest in the performing arts. From its inception, CMM has presented a variety of performing arts programs for children and their families.

Educational Programs

CMM presents music performances and lecture-demonstrations for elementary, middle school, and high school students. These programs offer opportunities to meet, hear the music and speak with outstanding musicians.

Informative pre-concert lectures or open rehearsals give concert audiences insights into the evening’s repertoire.

Community Outreach

Our community outreach program offers mini concerts in venues outside the formal concert hall, such as hospitals, schools for exceptional children, public libraries, senior centers, and retirement communities.

Chamber Music Maryland Sponsors

CMM programs are made possible with generous support from our individual donors and from: