Chamber Music

Fall 2020: Chamber Music will take the form of in-person (socially distanced) rehearsals and coachings in addition to virtual collaborations and learning.

Duke’s Music Department hosts a vibrant chamber music program of more than a dozen groups ranging from duets to sextets with strings, winds and piano. Groups are coached by members of the Ciompi Quartet (Duke’s Full-time Quartet-in-Residence) and faculty in piano and winds, and 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, rehearses for 2 hours on their own and meets with their coach for an hour each week. 

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: 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.

Pianists looking for collaborative opportunities may wish to consider the MUSIC 211-3 Piano Ensemble Class taught by David Heid. 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.

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