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Chamber Music and Collaborative Piano

Playing music with others in small instrumental groups is intensely rewarding. Weekly faculty coached sessions along with weekly small instrumental group rehearsals culminate in a final performance. Students will be active participants in the collaborative process, gaining a greater knowledge of ensemble techniques and widening their musical perspective. Students will learn how to apply their knowledge of music history and theory to their musical performance decisions. By learning how to work and play together, students improve their interpersonal skills. 

Chamber Music, Spring 2022

Groups will be formed based on age, experience and availability. Occasionally it is not possible to find placement for all interested students. Chamber music is open to students of all ages, including adults. Scholarship opportunities may be available by audition. 

Chamber music ensembles will be offered in person for the Spring 2022 semester for those who so choose. Online instruction is also still offered. If you're not sure which you prefer, talk to the instructor about what’s right for your student. You may slso discuss our in-person COVID mitigation protocols with your instructor.

Zoom placement auditions will take place at a date and time TBD. To sign up for an audition, please email Christina McGann . For the audition, prepare 3-5 minutes of your current piece. You may be asked to sight-read a short excerpt. 

Several performance opportunities are available each semester. Groups may perform on any of the general Blair Academy recitals, and the end-of-semester chamber music recital.

 Spring 2022 courses

Chamber Music (Bressman)

This course offers weekly coaching sessions of small instrumental groups, culminating in a final performance. Students will be active participants in the collaborative process, gaining a greater knowledge of ensemble techniques and widening their musical perspective. All ages are encouraged to participate. Scholarship opportunities are available by audition.

Chamber Music (Cassel)

This course offers weekly coaching sessions of small instrumental groups, culminating in a final performance. Students will be active participants in the collaborative process, gaining a greater knowledge of ensemble techniques and widening their musical perspective. All ages are encouraged to participate. Scholarship opportunities are available by audition.

Chamber Music (Dorfman)

This course offers weekly coaching sessions of small instrumental groups, culminating in a final performance. Students will be active participants in the collaborative process, gaining a greater knowledge of ensemble techniques and widening their musical perspective. All ages are encouraged to participate. Scholarship opportunities are available by audition.

Chamber Music (Dorfman/Miahky)

This course offers weekly coaching sessions of small instrumental groups, culminating in a final performance. Students will be active participants in the collaborative process, gaining a greater knowledge of ensemble techniques and widening their musical perspective. All ages are encouraged to participate. Scholarship opportunities are available by audition.

Chamber Music (Dunnavant)

This course offers weekly coaching sessions of small instrumental groups, culminating in a final performance. Students will be active participants in the collaborative process, gaining a greater knowledge of ensemble techniques and widening their musical perspective. All ages are encouraged to participate. Scholarship opportunities are available by audition.

Chamber Music (Harris)

This course offers weekly coaching sessions of small instrumental groups, culminating in a final performance. Students will be active participants in the collaborative process, gaining a greater knowledge of ensemble techniques and widening their musical perspective. All ages are encouraged to participate. Scholarship opportunities are available by audition.

Chamber Music (Mansell)

This course offers weekly coaching sessions of small instrumental groups, culminating in a final performance. Students will be active participants in the collaborative process, gaining a greater knowledge of ensemble techniques and widening their musical perspective. All ages are encouraged to participate. Scholarship opportunities are available by audition.

Chamber Music (Mansell/Middleton)

This course offers weekly coaching sessions of small instrumental groups, culminating in a final performance. Students will be active participants in the collaborative process, gaining a greater knowledge of ensemble techniques and widening their musical perspective. All ages are encouraged to participate. Scholarship opportunities are available by audition.

Chamber Music (McGann)

Christina McGann, coordinator christina.mcgann@vanderbilt.edu; (615) 322-4911 This course offers weekly coaching sessions of small instrumental groups, culminating in a final performance. Students will be active participants in the collaborative process, gaining a greater knowledge of ensemble techniques and widening their musical perspective. All ages are encouraged to participate. Scholarship opportunities are available by audition.

Chamber Music (Miahky)

This course offers weekly coaching sessions of small instrumental groups, culminating in a final performance. Students will be active participants in the collaborative process, gaining a greater knowledge of ensemble techniques and widening their musical perspective. All ages are encouraged to participate. Scholarship opportunities are available by audition.

Chamber Music (Middleton)

This course involves the study and performance of chamber music. Mixed ensembles including woodwind, brass, percussion, string, and piano are available. Includes weekly one-hour coaching, rehearsal, and end-of-semester concert. Open to students by audition or upon recommendation of their private instructors.

Chamber Music (Reagan)

This course offers weekly coaching sessions of small instrumental groups, culminating in a final performance. Students will be active participants in the collaborative process, gaining a greater knowledge of ensemble techniques and widening their musical perspective. All ages are encouraged to participate. Scholarship opportunities are available by audition.

Chamber Music (Reinker)

This course offers weekly coaching sessions of small instrumental groups, culminating in a final performance. Students will be active participants in the collaborative process, gaining a greater knowledge of ensemble techniques and widening their musical perspective. All ages are encouraged to participate. Scholarship opportunities are available by audition.

Chamber Music (Romero)

This course offers weekly coaching sessions of small instrumental groups, culminating in a final performance. Students will be active participants in the collaborative process, gaining a greater knowledge of ensemble techniques and widening their musical perspective. All ages are encouraged to participate. Scholarship opportunities are available by audition.

Chamber Music (Todd)

This course offers weekly coaching sessions of small instrumental groups, culminating in a final performance. Students will be active participants in the collaborative process, gaining a greater knowledge of ensemble techniques and widening their musical perspective. All ages are encouraged to participate. Scholarship opportunities are available by audition.

Chamber Music (Wang)

This course offers weekly coaching sessions of small instrumental groups, culminating in a final performance. Students will be active participants in the collaborative process, gaining a greater knowledge of ensemble techniques and widening their musical perspective. All ages are encouraged to participate. Scholarship opportunities are available by audition.

Chamber Music (Wilson)

This course offers weekly coaching sessions of small instrumental groups, culminating in a final performance. Students will be active participants in the collaborative process, gaining a greater knowledge of ensemble techniques and widening their musical perspective. All ages are encouraged to participate. Scholarship opportunities are available by audition.

Chamber Music (Yang)

This course offers weekly coaching sessions of small instrumental groups, culminating in a final performance. Students will be active participants in the collaborative process, gaining a greater knowledge of ensemble techniques and widening their musical perspective. All ages are encouraged to participate. Scholarship opportunities are available by audition.

Collaborative Piano

This class will help you develop skills to work with different instrumental partners. They may be wind players, strings, or brass. Learn how to develop teamwork and confidence in making music with others! Pianists in grade 8 and up are welcome.