Chamber Music


Eastman's Ying Quartet Chamber Class. Masterclass. April 2013.

Violist Phillip Ying of the Ying Quartet coaches a student string quartet.

Introduction to the String Quartet CHB 181/182

First year violin, viola, and cello performance majors register for this required yearlong course taught by the Ying Quartet. 

Introduction to the Woodwind Quintet CHB 181/182

All freshman and transfer wind players (flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, and horn) are required to participate in this seminar and will be assigned to a woodwind quintet as space allows.

CHB 281/282 (undergraduate) or CHB 480/481/482 (graduate)

This course is the basic chamber music offering for all second through fourth year undergraduates, as well as all graduate students.  The course consists of approximately twelve, one-hour coaching sessions with an assigned faculty coach, and a public performance at the end of each semester. The content of the course will be the study of a complete, full-length work of chamber music. Students can register as pre-formed groups or individuals. If registering as an individual, the faculty will form groups as they are able, based on the level and availability of players.  Repertoire will be assigned by faculty; student requests for repertoire are encouraged and, in most cases, honored. In the Spring semester, there are also two required Music For All performances in the local community. 

Duo Piano Seminar CHB 281/282 (undergraduate) CHB 480/481/482 (graduate) is led by Elinor Freer and combines weekly coachings with group performance classes. Duos are assigned to Profs. Freer, Beaudette, or other ESM piano faculty for weekly coaching.  The performance classes are given approximately four times a semester and are led by members of the faculty. Students can register as individuals or as a pre-formed duo. The class meets Mondays, 12:30-2:30pm and is limited to piano performance majors who are sophomores through graduate students. One semester of this class can count towards a piano major’s chamber music requirement.

Chamber Music Intensive is an undergraduate course only and may not be offered each semester.  Enrollment is by invitation of the faculty only. The course combines coachings with seminar-style meetings with the Ying Quartet members on Thursday afternoons (3:30-5:30pm). It is designed for groups who are seeking a deeper experience and who may be preparing for special performance projects or competitions

Graduate Chamber Music Seminar meets Thurs. 3:30-5:30pm and is a specially designed, in-depth course open to any graduate instrumentalist. It is taught by Mimi Hwang. Students may participate as individuals or as pre-formed groups. The seminar consists of weekly coachings, group master classes, and performance opportunities.  Enrollment is limited to 4-5 groups. Those not placed in the class will be directed towards other chamber music opportunities at school.

Baroque Chamber Music (CHB 277)

The Baroque Chamber Music Ensemble performs Baroque chamber music (trio sonatas, quartets, duets, cantatas, etc.) on modern or historical instruments. Participants will be divided into ensembles according to their own preferences as well as the requirements of the instructor to create manageable and viable groups. The class meets on Mondays, 6:35-8:25pm.