Musicians, Community, and Culture

The Roycroft Chamber Music Festival is East Aurora's annual chamber music concert series, held at St.Matthias Episcopal Church in East Aurora, New York. Over two weekends each summer, we provide the community with four concerts selected and preformed by our excellent artists.
RCMF has become a highlight of Western New York's musical landscape, and we are pleased to announce that we will be continuing to provide the community with live chamber music this Summer, 2015.

2015 Program

June 6, 8pm
Beethoven, String Quartet in A Major, Op. 18, No. 5
N. Gaub, Jennings, Donowick, Herer
Werner, Cello Quartet, Piazolla, Libertango
Djokic, Hausmann, Herer, Markle
Arensky, Piano Trio in D minor
E. Gaub, Jennings, Djokic

June 7, 7pm
Benjamin Houge, Suite from Arcanum for String Quartet
Cone, Ansel, Hardcastle, Djokic
Fauré, Sonata in A Major for Violin and Piano, Op. 13
N. Gaub,E. Gaub
Mendelssohn, String Quintet in B-flat Major, Op. 87
Ansel, Abendfritz, Donowick, Hardcastle, Markle

June 12, 8pm
Mozart, Piano Quartet in G minor, K. 478
E. Gaub, N. Gaub, Prokes, Djokic
Stravinsky, A Soldier’s Tale (1918)
Glidden, Gnekow, Fullam, Einschlag, Jokopii, Lombardo, Joeseph, Pictor

June 13, 8pm
Schubert, Sonata in A Minor for Violin and Piano
G. Niwa, D. Niwa
Debussy, Piano Trio
G. Niwa, N. Gaub, Djokic
Dvorak, Piano Quintet
E. Gaub, D. Niwa, Cone, Prokes, Herer

Celebrating musicians of our community, of all ages.

The festival supports our community by locally mentoring groups of student musicians. Each group is coached by one of our musicians and will preform pre-concert and during intermission. The student mentoring program has influenced many local students to pursue their passion for music and develop maturity with their playing. Working side-by-side with world-class musicians, RCMF provides priceless opportunies to local musicians and continues fostering music in our community.

This festival is made possible through generous contributions from our community.

If you are interested in advertising in the festival program, download our advertising opportunities information sheet.

A brief history

The Roycroft Chamber Music Festival was founded in 1994 and 2015 will be its twenty-second season. Held in June each year at St. Matthias Episcopal Church in East Aurora, New York, the festival is recognized for the excellence of its programming and performances, and has become a highlight of Western New York's musical landscape. For example, the year 2000 performance of the Ravel Piano Trio was met with a "spontaneous, full standing ovation punctuated with cheers and bravos." [Herman Trotter, The Buffalo News, June 18, 2000] This kind of enthusiastic reception has become almost routine.

The festival was founded by its artistic directors, Juilliard graduates Eugene Gaub and Nancy McFarland Gaub, former residents of East Aurora now on the faculty of Grinnell College, Iowa. The principal goals of the festival are to help promote chamber music and enhance the quality of life in Western New York, by presenting a series of world-class, but readily accessible and easily affordable concerts in an intimate and uplifting setting. Each year, world-class nationally and internationally renowned musicians travel from all over the United States to participate.

As in previous years, the venue is the sanctuary of St. Matthias Episcopal Church in East Aurora, which provides wonderful acoustics and architectural splendor while maintaining an intimate atmosphere consistent with the chamber music genre. We are thrilled with the program for the 2015 season and look forward to seeing you at the performances this June.

We wouldn't exist without a community of support.

If you have any questions about sponsorship, comments, or suggestions please don't hesitate to contact us.

Roycroft Chamber Music Festival
P.O. Box 281
East Aurora, New York 14052
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