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Chamber & Small Ensembles

David Salness, Director, Chamber Music Activities 

Chamber music is at the core of the School of Music curriculum. The leadership and communication skills essential to chamber music performance, when applied to large ensemble settings, empower the musician and lead to the best performances.

Our program for chamber music is a national model for success. Our faculty represents some of the best names in chamber music, and foster student artistry in the uniquely collaborative environment of the small ensemble. Our faculty from the National Symphony Orchestra bridge the chamber music experience with that of orchestral and other large ensembles. The School actively supports over 30 string, woodwind, brass, piano, and mixed chamber ensembles.

Graduate Fellowship Ensembles

Graduate students interested in intensive chamber studies are encouraged to apply for the fellowship woodwind quintet or the string quartet. Appointed each academic year, the ensembles offer:

  • Generous annual stipend
  • Full tuition remission
  • Intensive study with the members of the chamber music faculty, visiting guest artists and members of The Left Bank Quartet
  • Featured performances at The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center