Chamber Music

Student string quartet performing onstage in Baldwin Auditorium
Audition Information
Please fill out this form if you are interested in participating in Chamber Music. Information and a link for new students to audition will be sent prior to the next auditions. The next auditions for new students are Wednesday, Jan. 11 and Thursday, Jan. 12, 2023. The audition will consist of one solo selection (about 5 minutes) and a short sight-reading passage.
Teaching and Rehearsal Schedule
One hour / week with faculty, to be determined individually for each chamber music group.
Two hours of rehearsal without faculty, to be determined individually for each group.

Duke’s Music Department hosts a vibrant chamber music program of over 20 groups ranging from duets to sextets with strings, winds and piano. Groups are coached by the Ciompi Quartet (Duke’s full-time Quartet-in-Residence), pianist Ieva Jokubaviciute, saxophonist Susan Fancher, and additional faculty in strings and winds. Groups perform on and off-campus throughout the semester including in Baldwin Auditorium. The program presents multiple masterclasses each semester with visiting artists from Duke Performances and the Music Department, with recent residencies by the Imani Winds, Harlem Quartet, Mari Sato of the Cavani Quartet and Joel Krosnick of the Juilliard Quartet. 

Each group, whether formed by faculty recommendation or the students themselves, is expected to rehearse for 2 hours on their own and meet with their coach for an hour each week.
Room reservation form for Chamber Music groups

The Chamber Music Program is designed both to allow advanced students to study the vast repertoire in-depth and perform multiple times, and introduce instrumentalists of all levels to the joys and skills of ensemble playing. In a world more polarized than ever, chamber music builds skills in deep listening and collaboration. Musicians at all levels of proficiency are encouraged to audition. 

Interested students should reach out to Caroline Stinson, Director of Chamber Music and Cellist of the Ciompi Quartet.

Improvisation Ensemble taught by Andrew Waggoner (101-5.01): No improv experience necessary. Will include thorough grounding in solo and group improvisation techniques in varied styles; with short flash performances and a final concert. Contact Andrew Waggoner for more information.

NEW IN FALL 2022! Laptop Ensemble taught by Brooks Frederickson (MUS 211-18): Supported by a Bass Digital Education Fellowship, this ensemble focuses on creating / writing / improvising / interpreting music with laptops / tablets / phones. It’s open to all students no matter their musical or technological backgrounds. One weekly rehearsal TBD.

Pianists looking for collaborative opportunities may wish to consider Piano Ensemble Class taught by David Heid (MUS 211-3). A chamber music class addressing collaborative piano skills, MUSIC 211-3 gives students the chance to work on piano duos as well as vocal and instrumental accompanying. Students will present prepared selections in all these genres with student partners for in-class coaching in a master class setting. Pianists interested in MUSIC 211-3 should contact David Heid directly.

Chamber Music Videos

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Advanced Chamber Music groups perform for first year students in Pegram Dorm

On September 12, 2022, two groups from Music 490S (Meeting the World Through Chamber Music) performed a concert for first year students in Pegram Dorm on East Campus. The Daphnis, Chloé et Aram Piano Trio (Aram Lindroth, piano; Joie Jamison, violin; Lauren Simmoms, cello) performed Haydn's Piano Trio No. 44 in E Major and Larkspur Quartet (Myles Bell and Lewis Zhu, violins; Alicia Yang, viola; Jacob Egol, cello) played Mozart's String Quartet No. 19.

Taught by violinist Hsiao-mei Ku, faculty in residence in Pegram Dorm, and Caroline Stinson, cellist and director of the Chamber Music Program, the advanced chamber music class has a service learning component. Later this semester, they will teach and share their love of music at KidzNotes, a Durham non-profit, music for social change program based on the El Sistema model of youth orchestras.

Chamber music master class with Attacca Quartet

On November 5, three groups of students in the Chamber Music Program participated in a virtual master class with Attacca Quartet. The students were socially-distanced in Baldwin Auditorium and interacted with the members of Attacca through Zoom. 

Jacques Quartet: Allen Zhang and Claire Li, violins; Karina Ng, viola; Jean-Luc Rabideau, cello
Dvorak: String Quartet No. 13 in G major, Op. 106: Allegro moderato

Unprecedented Quartet: Charlie Todd and Megan Rabe, violins; Steven Oh, viola; Holly Kim, cello
Smetana: String Quartet No. 1 ("From My Life”): Allegro vivo appassionato

Lamentation Trio: Jaewon Jung, violin; Lauren Simmons, cello; Crystal Chiu, piano
Dvorak: Piano Trio No. 3 in f minor, Op. 65: Allegro ma non troppo

Other students and faculty participated as online observers. The master class was presented by Duke Performances and Duke Music. (Photo Credit: Hsiao-mei Ku)

Chamber music students: October 2020

On October 20, 2020, students in the Chamber Music Program performed for their peers and faculty in the Nelson Music Room. The Ciompi Quartet also performed a short program. Chamber music students practice social-distancing and wear masks as they continue making music in small groups this semester. (Photo Credit: Hsiao-mei Ku)

Woodwind quartet's socially distanced, outdoor rehearsal

A student woodwind quartet in the Chamber Music program practices outside Baldwin Auditorium under a tent set up to give wind players the opportunity to rehearse safely together during Covid-19 social distancing.

Priscilla La and Joy Bao-Dai, flutists
Michael Wang, clarinet
Michael Manns, bassoon

(Photo Credit: Hsiao-mei Ku)

Ciompi Quartet presents socially distanced concert for students

On September 1, 2020 the Ciompi Quartet performed a socially-distanced concert outside Baldwin Auditorium to an appreciative audience of mostly first-year students in the Chamber Music program. (Photo Credit: Hsiao-mei Ku)

Chamber Music master class with Harlem Quartet

On November 15, Harlem Quartet conducted a master class for students in the Duke Chamber Music Program. Three groups performed for Harlem Quartet, receiving feedback and advice about their performance. This master class was made possible with the support of Duke Performances, which presented a concert with Harlem Quartet and Imani Winds on November 16. (Photo Credit: Brian Valentyn)

Joel Krosnick Cello Master class 2019

Joel Krosnick (Cellist, Juilliard Quartet 1974-2016) conducted a cello master class on November 8, 2019 in Bone Hall in the Mary Duke Biddle Music Building. Three Duke student cellists participated: Holly Kim, Justin Koga, and Caroline Wang.

Joel Krosnick has performed the great quartet literature throughout North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia, and recorded it for the Sony Classical, Wergo, and CRI labels. He has also performed as a soloist and recitalist around the world. In 2011, as a member of the Juilliard String Quartet, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. (Photo Credit: Rodrigo Dorfman)

Joel Krosnick Chamber Music Master class 2019

Joel Krosnick (Cellist, Juilliard Quartet 1974-2016) conducted a chamber music master class on November 7, 2019. Three groups in the Chamber Music program participated:

  • Onomenos Quartet (Megan Rabe and Riya Shankar, violins; Charles Zhang, viola; Bryan Tong, cello)
  • Stretto Quartet (Neha Vangipurapu and Joie Jamison, violins; Gabrielle Lee, viola; Lauren Simmons, cello)
  • Quarlitté (Haoyang Yu and Ann Chang, violins; Celina Zhou, viola; Prateek Khandelwal, cello)

Joel Krosnick has performed the great quartet literature throughout North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia, and recorded it for the Sony Classical, Wergo, and CRI labels. He has also performed as a soloist and recitalist around the world. In 2011, as a member of the Juilliard String Quartet, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. (Photo Credit: Rodrigo Dorfman)

Concert at The Forest at Duke

On Monday, October 28, 2019, students in the Chamber Music program performed at The Forest at Duke, a retirement community near campus. (Photo Credit: Caroline Stinson)

An afternoon of chamber music at the home of Michael and Elizabeth Schoenfeld

(Photo Credit: Michael Schoenfeld and Andrew Waggoner)