Why Chamber Music?
Chamber music (small ensembles; one performer to a part) provides students of all ages the opportunity to enhance their performance skills and expand their musical insight and awareness in a warm, social setting. Music from all time periods and genres is explored, from antiquity to contemporary, classical to rock and pop. The faculty coach’s role is to be a musical guidance counselor/facilitator.
And most of all, it's fun!!
The Conservatory Chamber Music Program objectives:
● Reading a musical score: analyzing and evaluating
● Preparing the individual musical parts and learning non-verbal techniques of communication
● Active learning and performing
● For students of all ages who have had one or more years of private instruction
● Open to students who study privately with the Conservatory faculty as well as with outside teachers
● Vocal and instrumental ensembles
● Participants are grouped in ensembles according to their skill level
● Both fall and spring semesters culminate in a virtual concert: ensembles record live in the Sommer Center, and performances are broadcast over Zoom to friends and family.
● Groups meet for eight, 45-minute or six, 60-minute sessions with a faculty coach per semester
● Coachings are on Fridays or Saturdays on the Bronxville campus, and Mondays or Thursdays on the Stamford campus; exceptions can made when possible.
● Fall semester: Late October through January
● Spring semester: Early April through mid/late May