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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, Fall 2020

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. 

Zoom placement auditions will take place Saturday, August 22, starting at 9 a.m. 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.  

Group and coach assignments will be made by Monday, September 1.  

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. 

Camerata: Not offered Fall 2020 due to COVID-19.

Blair Camerata is an advanced, precollege, conductor-less string ensemble. The group provides a fun sight-reading experience and develop chamber music communication skills and leadership. Blair Camerata rehearses once a week and performs several times during the semester, usually including one performance exchange with another institution. Please check back in Spring 2021 and contact coordinator Christina McGann for more information. 

Collaborative Piano

Amy Dorfman, instructor, 615-322-7688

This class will help you develop skills to work with different instrumental partners, including wind players, strings and brass. Learn how to develop teamwork and confidence in making music with others! Pianists in grade 7 and up are welcome.

 Fall 2020 courses