To present chamber music concerts in an ideal setting performed
by top ensembles from the Bay Area, across America, and around
To enrich our audience experience through pre-concert talks, post- concert Q&As, program notes, and meet-the-composer opportunities.
To educate students in chamber music by presenting outreach by some of our ensembles for San Jose public schools, and by arranging performer residency activities for San Jose State University music students.
To support chamber music in our region by publicizing other nearby chamber music concerts, by cooperating in marketing with fellow presenters, and by presenting joint programs with The Ira F. Brilliant Center for Beethoven Studies, San José State University.
In 1986 Lawrence Bryan and friends founded SJCMS so that South Bay audiences could enjoy a quality professional chamber
music concert series here in San Jose. All concerts were presented in the rotunda of the nearby First Unitarian Church
until 1993, when our audience outgrew the church’s capacity. From 1994 until the Spring of 2019, all of our concerts
were held in the delightful 318-seat Trianon Theatre. Unfortunately, this Spring the Trianon Theatre was sold and is no
longer operating as a musical performance venue. After an extensive search for a new home, the SJCMS Board of Directors
decided to relocate our concerts just a few blocks away to the Concert Hall at the San Jose State University School of
Music and Dance. We hope that you, our loyal audience, will follow us to our new home.
You can download the current and previous year's brcohures here:
SJCMS 2019 - 2020 Brochure
SJCMS 2018 - 2019 Brochure
SJCMS 2017 - 2018 Brochure
SJCMS 2016 - 2017 Brochure
SJCMS 2015 - 2016 Brochure
We provide music appreciation, experience and
education. Audiences attending our concerts receive pre-concert talks,
informative program notes and frequent post-concert discussions with
Each season we teach chamber music appreciation to the students of several public schools in San Jose by engaging some of our professional chamber music ensembles to present discuss-demonstrate-and-perform programs for assembled classes -- presentations which delight students and receive teacher praise.
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
As a donor, you will be listed (if you wish) in each program booklet 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.
SJCMS is supported in part by a Local Arts Grant from Silicon Valley Creates, by a grant form the Ann & Gordon Getty Foundation, and by a Cultural Affairs grant from the City of San Jose. We welcome grant and business donations and referrals.
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