Chesapeake Music (formerly Chesapeake Chamber Music) puts on a series of chamber music and jazz festivals and concerts during the year, as well as a biennial international chamber music competition.  The organization and its productions have grown dramatically over the last few years; and the annual Chamber Music Festival in June, the Monty Alexander Jazz Festival over Labor Day weekend, and the Competition have all achieved widespread recognition for their quality and cutting edge approach to their respective genres.  (Truth in advertising:  I’ve been a volunteer with CM for a number of years, and for the last six years served on its Board as the Director for Marketing and Communications.)

CM has an ongoing need forDaniel Phillips - Avalon II (Haydn) square photographers to capture and record its events:  12+ recitals, concerts and open rehearsals at the Chamber Music Festival, a full  day of competitive performances at the Chamber Music Competition, and 4+ events at the Jazz Festival, not to mention events throughout of the remainder of the year.

I’m looking for members who would be interested in helping to record these events photographically.  John Kendz, Cal Jackson and I have done this in the past, but CM needs more help to handle the full range of events this year and in the future.  Here’s the low-down:

  • Free tickets to the events you cover (this is world-class music from internationally acclaimed artists, by the way)
  • Recognition in all of your print and web published images
  • You retain the copyright
  • Instruction on the do’s and don’t’s of photographing musical events of this type (low light, no flash, etc.)
  • Some events require two photographers (e.g., one on the first floor and one in the balcony); others require just one.  Some could use two because of the length of the event (e.g., the Competition)

CM’s immediate needs are for the Chamber Music Competition on April 9 (1:00 PM to 10:00 PM), and for the Chamber Music Festival (Multiple events from June 5 through June 19).

If you think you might be interested, please let me know, and I’ll get you the information you need.  This is a great opportunity to hone your skills in often difficult shooting environments and getting your name attached to examples of your work.

Bill Geoghegan