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The San Jose Chamber Music Society (SJCMS) is a community-based, non-profit organization dedicated to bringing affordable concerts of the highest quality to Santa Clara County.  The Society was formed in 1986 to promote chamber music in the South Bay Area, to provide a forum for San Francisco Bay Area musicians, and to promote education about chamber music.  It holds the distinction of being San Jose's primary subscription chamber music presenter.

Since 1994, the Society’s concert series has been held in the historic downtown San Jose performing hall, 'Trianon Theatre', a venue known for its intimate setting and exceptional acoustics.  The programming emphasizes stylistic diversity, and exposes audiences to music from the 14th through the 21st centuries.  All artists are of national and international stature.


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We provide music appreciation, experience and education. Audiences attending our concerts receive pre-concert talks, informative program notes and frequent post-concert discussions with the artists.  Education for school students is coordinated through the City of San Jose's Arts Express program.

"Arts Express" (Music Education for the Schools): For the past 32 years, the City's office of Cultural Affairs' Arts Express program has arranged and promoted arts education for students of schools in Santa Clara County through presentations by local professional arts organizations. During the past eight years, the San Jose Chamber Music Society has engaged two of its ensembles each season to present two, back-to-back, one-hour Arts Express experiences.  These are held at our venue, Trianon Theatre, usually on the Monday morning following our regular Sunday evening concert.  School classes register in advance, and attendance ranges from 100 to 300 per event. City staff and the school teachers attending these events have praised the quality and number of our offerings.


Our volunteers make each season concert happen by helping in many ways, such as: concert production, education, concert publicity and mailings, professional services, and board membership.  We love our volunteers! Would you like to join this team?  To tell us of your interest, just Contact SJCMS or note it on a ticket order form.


Income from ticket sales covers less than 50% of concert expenses.  Your tax-deductible contribution to the San Jose Chamber Music Society helps ensure that you and your community will continue to enjoy educational programs and concerts of the highest quality.

As a donor, you will be listed (if you wish) in each program book of the season.  Additional benefits are available for corporate sponsors.  Contact SJCMS for more information on individual and corporate donations. You can also include a donation with your ticket order.

Some employers will match your donation to a non-profit organization.  Please check with your company to find out if you can double your gift to SJCMS.  Thank you for your patronage and support.


The San Jose Chamber Music Society actively works with other arts organizations by regularly listing chamber music performances of South Bay area musical organizations in our programs, by co-sponsoring concerts (such as with the Ira F. Brilliant Center for Beethoven Studies), and by exchange of expertise and marketing information.

Visit our page of information about other chamber music presenters in the Bay Area.