Chamber Music


Eastman Chamber Honors Recital. December 2007. Kilbourn Hall.

A student brass quintet (Brett Long (trumpet), Allen Fogle (horn), TJ Ricer (tuba), Chris Van Hof (trombone) and Robbie McCabe (trumpet)) performs in Kilbourn Hall.

The audition, placement, and registration process differs for chamber music students in the string/piano, woodwind and brass areas. Please see below under each topic for the different procedures for each area.

Auditions and Placement:

After freshman year, students at Eastman are encouraged to form their own chamber music ensembles. For those that aren’t able to find groups, or have only partial groups formed, the faculty will provide assistance in completing and forming groups.

Faculty also help guide repertoire choices and assign coaches for chamber music.

String and Piano students: In the Fall, each student who wants to participate in chamber music must first take a placement audition, even if they already have a group formed.  For string players, these auditions will be the same as your orchestral audition.  Pianists must sign up for a short audition with Profs. Beaudette and Freer.  A sign-up sheet for times is located each semester on the bulletin board outside ESM 315. Audition repertoire is two contrasting short solo selections.

Wind and Brass students: no audition is required. Area coordinators (Anne Harrow, winds; Mark Kellogg, brass) can provide more information about registering for chamber music.

Registration Forms: All string/piano students who want to participate in chamber music need to fill out and submit an individual chamber music form each semester. This form will ask your name, instrument and year, as well as provide a place for you to indicate preferences for specific partners, type of ensemble, and repertoire.  The chamber music faculty then makes all chamber music group assignments based on auditions and information on these forms.  In most cases, preferences for chamber music partners are honored as long as all partners request each other and players are well-matched. 

Wind or brass players who wish to participate in string and piano chamber music (for example, in a Brahms Clarinet Trio, Dohnanyi Sextet, etc.) must turn in registration forms, too. It is helpful have preferred chamber music partners already in mind, and players must request each other on their forms. 

Chamber music registration forms should be submitted to the Chamber Music Department Administrative Assistant, Rita Coulter, on the second floor of Old Sibley Library (OSL 202 in the Annex) before the advertised deadline.  Late forms can jeopardize placement in the chamber music program.  Additional forms are always available outside Rita’s office.

Wind and Brass groups will be organized by Profs. Harrow and Kellogg, and a different form is used for those.

Group, repertoire and coaching assignments for string and piano groups will be posted on the chamber music bulletin board (outside ESM 315) at the beginning of each semester.  Wind and brass groups will be contacted by their area coordinators, Profs. Anne Harrow and Mark Kellogg. It is each group’s responsibility to begin rehearsing immediately and to contact the assigned coach to arrange the first coaching, preferably during chamber music hours.  In most cases, students are limited to working in only one chamber music group per semester.  However, demand and instrumental distribution will occasionally make it necessary for a few students to play in two groups.  Groups are expected to remain together over the course of the entire school year.