Chamber Music Course

How To Participate in Chamber Music

The deadline for students wishing to participate in the chamber music course for Fall 2021 to submit a request has been extended to Wednesday, August 25, 2021. Interested students must complete the online submission form by Wednesday, August 25, 2021. Pre-formed groups will be given priority. Students without a group may submit the form individually, and the chamber music faculty will attempt to form groups with unattached players. Only students needing this particular course for degree requirements should participate, and registration is required. Spots in the course will be filled on a first come, first-served basis, so groups and individuals must submit the completed online request form by the posted deadline. First semester students may not register for the course (unless in the Artist Diploma program). For the first time next fall, students may register for Dr. Olivieri’s Chamber Music: Repertory before 1800 (MUS 259N/MUS 281S) course and receive degree credit for chamber music (only one semester of this section will count towards degree requirements). 

Mandatory Meetings for all students involved in Chamber Music

  • Winds and Brass: Thursday, August 26, 3:30 to 4:50 in the Band Hall
  • Piano and Strings (and anyone else collaborating with pianists and string players): Thursday, August 26, 5:00 to 6:20 in Recital Studio

In addition to the regular chamber music course, the Miró Quartet will be offering an Intensive Chamber Music Seminar this semester, open to no more than 6 groups, string quartets or piano trios. The repertoire will be open choice, with final approval by the coach. Participants will perform in four Intensive Masterclasses for the Miró Quartet throughout the semester, and will perform their complete work on the Intensive Marathon Concert in Bates Hall on Dec. 3. If your group is interested in applying, first file your Qualtrics form, then please email Professor John Largess directly with your request for consideration, admission will be on a first come first served basis.

Chamber Music: Repertory before 1800 is an exciting new course that introduces undergraduate and graduate students to the early music repertory (from the 16th to the 18th century), with a specific attention to historically inspired performance (HIP) practices. The course is open to all instrumental and vocal students. Instrumentalists will have the possibility of performing this repertory on their modern instruments or using the School’s copies of period instruments (keyboard players will perform on harpsichord or fortepiano). This course offers the students an in-depth approach to the study and performance of early music, addressing interpretative analysis, and performance skills, while opening up potential research paths and job opportunities. Each group will receive coaching for a minimum of ten hours distributed evenly throughout the semester, as assigned. Pre-formed groups will be given priority, but individuals seeking a group are welcome to apply. Tentative meeting time: Mondays 5-7pm

Please Note: the chamber music faculty reserves the right to require that a student drop the course who is not assigned to a group by the second class day, or sooner if all spots in the course for individuals and groups have been filled. Students wishing to participate in a group without receiving credit must seek special permission to do so from the chamber music area coordinator(s) during the first advising period, reporting all intended groups that they wish to participate in, and should be prepared to be replaced by students who need the course credit.

The Butler School of Music Chamber and Collaborative Music Division defines chamber music groups as un-conducted ensembles of three or more players, one person per part. Due to a lack of three-or-more repertoire for harp and guitar, groups including those instruments may contain only two players. Like-instrument groups such as oboe trios or clarinet quartets are discouraged from registering and may do so only with the consent of the chamber music faculty.

This course carries an Independent Inquiry Flag for undergraduate students.

For Updates to Chamber Music, visit The Chamber & Collaborative page