Chamber Music

INFORMATION FOR STUDENTS


Spring 2018 Chamber Music Group Enrollment Forms:

Strings/Piano Group Form

Brass Group Form

Winds Group Form


Violinists Hannah Chou, Jonathan Eng, Elizabeth Smith, and Michael Wu perform in Ciminelli Lounge

Chamber Music Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30-5:30pm are designated “Chamber Music Hours” at ESM. When enrolling in chamber music, most participants will have these hours free.  Schedules at ESM are notoriously difficult to coordinate; please make use of these common hours for rehearsals and coaching.  We have requested that the faculty who coach chamber music also make every effort to use these designated hours.

Recitals and Grades: This semester the Chamber Music Honors Recital will be on Saturday, December 9 at 8pm in Hatch Recital Hall.  Auditions will TBA.  You must be prepared to perform your entire piece both at the audition and the concert. The honors competition is not open to groups in Intensive, Duo Piano, or Graduate Seminars since these classes have their own recitals in Hatch at the end of the semester. All groups not performing on the Honors, Intensive, Duo Piano, or Graduate Seminar recitals in Hatch Hall must perform at least one movement on a graded recital in school each semester.

Grades for the semester will be calculated as follows: 50% coaching grade given by coach (weekly attendance, preparation, attitude, progress) and 50% final performance grade given by faculty in attendance (the overall level of technical and musical achievement judged by a professional standard.)  Recital dates for these groups will be Saturday, December 9, 3:30 pm, and Sunday, December 10, 12:00 pm in Ciminelli Lounge.

The Chamber Music Bulletin Board is located outside ESM 315.

The Chamber Music Administrative Assistant is Ms. Rita Coulter in OSL 202. She can help you with chamber music registration forms, signing out ESM 442 for rehearsals,  Music For All taxi reimbursements, and much more.

Rehearsal Spaces: ESM 442 is a designated chamber music room. Any group registered for Chamber Music can sign out two 1.5-hour blocks of rehearsal time twice a week for the entire semester. Please see Rita Coulter in OSL 202 to sign out your times. Another option for rehearsal space is to book a room weekly through the Registrar’s Office. This can be done online at https://www.esm.rochester.edu/registrar/room-request/.

Chamber Music Extravaganza is the name given to the mini chamber music festival that happens at the end of each semester when all the chamber music groups at ESM perform their final concerts. Over the span of 2-3 days you will find concerts in Ciminelli Lounge and Hatch Hall featuring the woodwind and brass ensembles, string and piano groups, and students from the Duo Piano Seminar, Graduate Chamber Music Seminar, and Intensive Chamber Music. Also featured in their own concert are the honors ensembles for each semester.

Honors Auditions are held each semester for any motivated and serious group that has learned their entire piece (all movements).  Any interested group can sign up for an audition; faculty will hear all groups and then vote on the most outstanding of them. Honors Audition dates are announced in advance; sign-up is located on the Chamber Music bulletin board outside ESM 315. The groups selected for the Honors Recital will be featured during Chamber Music Extravaganza in their own concert in Hatch Hall.

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