The 2-week summer music festival was held
on the beautiful campus of University of Missouri
2016 Letter of Introduction by the Co-founders
Welcome to the inaugural season of Odyssey Chamber Music Festival!
We love everything about what chamber music has to offer. As pianists, we understood early on that it is our inevitable fate to have to isolate ourselves and learn more notes than any other instrumentalists. When we first experienced creating music together with other instrumentalists, we were hooked: Shared musical journey to reach the joy of playing together helps you quickly become a better musician - because you inspire each other to do better than you ever imagined possible.
Music is a language, a way to communicate - which is not so different from speaking French or Spanish. Musical language is different, however, because it requires control and coordination of emotions, complex physical movements, and comprehension of musical text - the same way actors would interpret a play by William Shakespeare.
Chamber music is ultimately a communication between musicians, often with different instrumentalists. It forces the players to step outside of their comfort zone, because they need to quickly learn how one instrument is different from another, and appreciate the difference. This ability to adapt helps gain heightened sense of creative quality, which all chamber performers have benefited both musically and personally. Simply, we must learn to work together - and hopefully enjoy the process too.
At Odyssey Chamber Music Festival (OCMF), faculty members will work hard to give one of the best musical experiences one would hope to gain in any summer music institution, and impart the same kind of enthusiasm and excitement we have felt for music throughout our lives. Regardless of your choice to become a professional or amateur musician, our hope is that you will gain some unforgettable memories and zest for life that will continue to inspire you in everything that you do, long after this summer.
Looking forward to seeing you this summer!
Ayako Tsuruta & Dr. Peter Miyamoto
co-founders & directors