Chamber Music Wilmington was born out of the shared desire of artists Barbara McKenzie and Petrea Warneck to bring professional chamber music to Wilmington, North Carolina. Founded as The Chamber Music Society of Wilmington in November 1995, this artist-led organization has become a staple of Wilmington’s music community, receiving numerous awards and recognition for its exceptional programming, educational outreach and community engagement.
2014 - First large scale String Quartet Residency Project with the Cavani String Quartet and commission of a new piano quintet from composer Eric Gould, Berklee College of Music, Boston.
2011-2013 - CMW concert selections were featured on American Public Media national broadcast with Fred Child.
2013 – Presented “Einstein: Speaking of Mozart,” a multi-media, interactive program exploring Einstein’s relationship with Mozart.
2012 – Launched “The Art of Listening,” series in partnership with UNCW’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and UNCW Music Department.
2010-2011 – Presented the “Music in Poetry” arts-integration project to bring poetry alive through music and composition. Funded by the North Carolina Arts Council and the Landfall Foundation.
2010 – Presented Papa Haydn: The Boy Who Sang For His Supper arts integrated elementary school project. This program was funded by a North Carolina Arts Council “Arts in Education” grant.
January, 2008 - NASHVILLE, TN, Vanderbilt University, Blair School of Music, CMW Piano Trio Residency
2006 - UNCW Watson School of Education, Mozart Piano Trio Residency
2000 - Presented Ancient Voices of Children with visiting Pulitzer Prize winning American composer, George Crumb.
1999 - Received a BRAVO! award for outstanding contributions to arts education.
1999 – Integrated Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time, into middle school WWII/Holocaust studies. This program was funded by a North Carolina Arts Council “Arts in Education” grant.
1998 – Collaborated with the NC Aquarium to present Endangered: The Voice of the Whale to area elementary school students in observance of National Earth Day. CMW led a team of educators and scientists to develop an arts integrated curriculum for the environmental/marine life study unit.
1997 - Received a Mary Duke Biddle Foundation award for Appalachian Spring, to perform and enrich the NC Standard Course of Study on Appalachian Folk Music and History for fifth grade.
1996 - First Season launched in Thalian Hall Ballroom along with “Kids Concerts” and a signature “Instrumental Petting Zoo”
1995 – The Chamber Music Society of Wilmington is founded