Chamber Music Ensembles of 2-8 students prepare repertoire for two formal concerts per year, with additional performance opportunities like assemblies, class meetings, or receptions. Practicing individual parts, score study, and active listening fill the necessary learning time outside of class. A Chamber Music Ensemble may choose to focus on music composition or music theory in addition to or in lieu of preparing for musical performances, based on student interest and scheduling. Examples of recent chamber music repertoire include a conductorless performance of Bach’s “Brandenburg Concerto No. 4,” string quartets by Beethoven, Dvorak, Haydn, Mozart, Ravel, and Shostakovich, piano trios by Schubert and Smetana, wind ensemble pieces by Beach, Debussy, and Reicha, and a wide variety of repertoire, from Baroque to Modern.
Instructor: Elliot Cless