Frequently Asked Questions

What is ACMS ?

Amateur Chamber Music Society Incorporated (ACMS) is an Australian not-for-profit association of amateur chamber music players. Our aim is to further the playing of chamber music by amateur musicians.

What does ACMS do ?

Our main activities are:

  • Providing a Membership Register
  • Holding regular Chamber Music Playing Days
  • Producing concerts in which members perform
  • Running an Annual Residential Music Camp

What does ACMS not do?

Anything not directly related to the actual playing of chamber music, such as:

  • We do not arrange performances or audiences
  • We do not arrange accommodation for visiting players
  • We do not have a choral arm - Membership, however, is open to vocalists wanting to participate in voice/instrumental chamber music combinations

Who can join?

All chamber music players, who are at least 18 years of age, are welcome to join ACMS.

What does it cost to join?

Annual membership fees are: Individual members: $20, Full time student: $15, Centrelink Pensioner:  $15, Membership Renewal falls due each year on 1st July.

How do I join ?

If you would like to join:

  • Click on About Self-grading
  • Work out your own self-grading with the Interactive Self-Grader .
  • Print out the Membership Application Form and fill it in. 4. Send your completed membership form, with your membership fee, to: ACMS Membership Secretary PO Box 584 Balgowlah NSW 2093 If you prefer, you can write to the Membership Secretary at the above address and we will send you a membership application form and further information, including a printed Self-grading Form.

What is the Membership Register?

ACMS publishes a Membership Register which allows members to contact each other to organise chamber music playing sessions in their own homes. The Register lists details of each member's

  • Name
  • Address
  • Home and work telephone numbers
  • Email address
  • Instruments
  • Self-grading on the instruments Players are listed both by instrument and alphabetically in two sections. The Membership Register is printed and distributed to members once a year, in October. The Membership Register is strictly confidential to members only.

What is the ACMS library?

The ACMS has a substantial library of chamber music which is used for the benefit of members.

What is the Library for ?

The Library mainly provides music for Playing Days and the annual Music Camp. However, music can be borrowed between Playing Days (but it must be returned before the Playing Day if the member is not attending that day, or on the day itself, before the first session).

How can I find out what music is in the Library ?

A list of music in the Library is available here.

How do I borrow music from the Library?

Contact the Librarian, Jenny Williams:

Tel: 02 9894 7623
Mailing Address: PO Box 356, Kellyville NSW 2155
Email: jennyw970@gmail.com

Items will be posted using Registered Mail, and the postage charged to the borrower. Items should be returned using Registered Mail (at the borrower's expense). Insurance coverage up to $75 is included in the Registered Mail charge.

What liabilities do I have with music borrowed from the Library?

Returns

  • Librarian will advise borrower of deadline for returns.
  • Deadline will normally be five (5) days prior to the Playing Day.
  • Borrower must ensure that item reaches the Librarian by the deadline.
  • Late returns will incur a fine of $15 per work.
  • On a second occurrence of late return, the member will forfeit all future borrowing privileges. 

Damage or Loss

  • Music must not be marked - no fingerings, bowings, etc. If any item is defaced, damaged or lost the borrower will be required to reimburse ACMS with the cost of replacing the complete work with a new copy (copied parts are not acceptable).
  • If damage or loss is incurred during the postal process, the borrower will be required to reimburse ACMS immediately - it is not prepared to wait until the borrower obtains compensation from the Post Office. 
  • The Librarian will check the music after its arrival and will advise the borrower within seven (7) days if there is a claim for damage or loss.

Can I photocopy the Library music?

It is unlawful to copy music that is still under copyright, nor is it lawful to reproduce published music without the express permission of the publisher. Although having access to a library such as ours may provide a temptation to copy and save money, doing so is tantamount to stealing. We urge our members not to be tempted to break the law.