Chamber Music is an integral part of our curriculum and provides a supportive environment for students of all ages and levels to play in a small group, experiencing the fun and joy of making music together.
What is chamber music?
Chamber music is a group of 2 – 5 players with any combination of instruments including strings, piano, woodwind, brass, guitar, marimba, percussion, and more. There is no conductor – each player learns by listening to others how to fit their part into the whole piece.
Students are placed in carefully selected small ensembles, and receive one hour of coaching each week, scheduled either on a weekday or Saturday, according to each person’s schedule.
Concerts & Special Events
Each semester there will be a special Chamber Music Concert in Rivera Recital Hall and each group will have the opportunity to play.
Throughout the year there will there will be master classes with ensemble-in-residence, Triple Helix Piano Trio open to all chamber music participants.
Chamber Music Club
Every Saturday from 1 - 2 pm there is a meeting of our Chamber Music Club. These meetings are a fun way of sharing the chamber music experience, and while creating a larger, supportive community. At these meetings, groups play for each other, developing new techniques of playing music together – breathing, moving, giving signals, and bringing out dynamics and character. Groups will be scheduled to come to play about once a month.
Placement auditions will be held in spring for the Fall semester. There may be additional auditions at the beginning of each semester. Groups will be assigned and scheduled in the fall, and each semester will contain 14 hours of coaching.
Contact Gillian Rogell, Director of Chamber Music Studies, with any questions you may have at G.Rogell@Rivers.org.