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Chamber Music Offerings



Classical Style

Instructor: Lila Brown
1112 2A

All that goes into performing works from the Classical Period with elegance and charm: articulations (clarinetists, flutists!), bowing, bow stokes, bringing out the charm of the ornaments, when to sing and when to swing, as well as chamber music basics: how to cue, listen and read a score. This class is open to strings, woodwinds and pianists in duos, trios, quartets and quintets playing repertoire by Haydn, Mozart, and early Beethoven.    


Chamber Music Basics

Instructor: Rictor Noren

This class will take a look at the skills required for ensemble playing including a variety of topics. For example: the basics of style (Baroque, Classical, Romantic), control of dynamics and tone in solo and supporting passages, cueing techniques, rehearsal techniques and stage presence. Limited to string players and pianists.


What's Love Got To Do With It?

Instructor: Judith Eissenberg
Concert Room

What happens after you can play it in time and in tune?  How do you go beyond I want to do it this way because I like it this way?  This class will look at form and a composer's use of materials as essential guides in the performer's decisions as s/he creates a dramatic and compelling performance.  Open to strings, woodwinds and pianists. Repertoire will be chosen from the Classical Period through Twentieth Century.


Renaissance Consort

Instructor: Chris Olav Henriksen

This class will explore popular chamber music by 16th Century composers. Participants will also improvise and learn dance steps appropriate to the period. This class is open to ALL instrumentalists. 


Music of the French Impressionist

Instructor: Max Levinson

Max Levinson leads a class devoted to chamber music by the French Impressionists. Debussy and Ravel are the main focus of this class. Sonatas are given preference though larger ensembles will be considered. This class is limited to 5 groups.


Piano and Violin Duo Class

Instructor: Markus Placci

The varied repertory of music for piano and violin will be studied. This class is limited to 5 duos.


New Music Chamber Ensembles

Instructor: Sharan Leventhal

Two groups will perform 2 works by students composers selected by the composition faculty. Both groups will perform twice during the semester. This class offers the opportunity for performers and composers to work closely in shaping each new work. Performers will advise the composers about considerations for their individual instruments/voice ranging from general suitability to extended techniques.

For spring 2014, the ensembles will include:

1) soprano, clarinet and harp
2) soprano, flute, double bass and marimba


Faculty and Student Chamber Ensembles

Instructor/Performers: Max Levinson, Andy Mark, and TBA
(Meeting place/time to be decided by each group)

The music of Antonin Dvorak is the focus this semester. There will be three groups; two piano trios, and a string quartet. Specific repertoire TBA.


Individually Coached Groups

Multiple Instructors

Groups will be assigned by the second Friday class meeting. Each group will receive eight hours of coaching from an assigned instructor. Participants must attend all masterclasses and perform twice during the semester.

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