Chamber Music

Important Dates

  • 10/29/16 Morning Chamber Music in Rochester at Hatch Recital Hall
  • 10/29/16 Brass Chamber Music Master Class in Rochester at ESM 120 Ray Wright Room
  • 11/20/16 Ying Quartet with Billy Childs, piano in Rochester at Kilbourn Hall
  • 11/21/16 CHB Honors Recital Auditions in Rochester at Messinger Hall Room 1
  • 12/09/16 Freshman String Quartet Seminar in Rochester at Ciminelli Lounge
  • 12/10/16 Woodwind Quintet Recital in Rochester at Hatch Recital Hall
  • 12/10/16 Chamber Music Honors Recital in Rochester at Hatch Recital Hall
  • 12/11/16 Duo Piano CHB Recital in Rochester at Hatch Recital Hall
  • 12/11/16 Chamber Music 281/481 Recital in Rochester at Ciminelli Lounge
  • 12/11/16 Brass Chamber Music Recital in Rochester at Hatch Recital Hall

Chamber Music at EastmanChamber music encompasses some of the greatest masterpieces of the Western tradition, yet is portable enough to be played anywhere. Chamber music performance plays an essential role in fulfilling the Eastman School’s goal of bringing music to every part of contemporary society.

While the School does not yet offer a major solely in chamber music, the influence of this department pervades all performance degrees. Dozens of ensembles – string, piano, woodwind, brass, percussion, voice, and eclectic mixed groups – are formed each semester, performing throughout the School. Many of the chamber music faculty members hold dual appointments in other performance departments, and therefore encourage and support collaborative projects of all types.

All chamber music groups take part in the innovative “Music For All” Program, performing at varied locations in the community such as schools, hospitals, and businesses. Preparing these programs challenges the students to synthesize their theoretical, historical, and instrumental training—and to develop the performance and communication skills necessary to relate to the wide range of audiences.

Chamber Music at EastmanStudents can also take specialized seminars for advanced study in chamber music. A recent seminar focused on the Bartók String Quartets, combining theoretical analysis of these works with a performance of the complete quartets in Kilbourn Hall.

In the Intensive Chamber Music Seminar, selected ensembles focus on a specific repertoire, such as the chamber music of Mendelssohn, and meet regularly for master classes in addition to their individual coaching. The Eastman Chamber Music Society, for outstanding graduate instrumentalists, performs in Hatch Recital Hall and gives concerts outside the School, as well as pursues educational and related projects together.

The training of pianists as artistic collaborators is the goal of the graduate programs in piano accompanying and chamber music. Recital requirements include performances with instrumentalists and vocalists, with many additional performance opportunities for accompanying majors.