Chamber Music Program

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Chamber music is what defines most music genres - it's what lies at the heart of a rock band, a jazz combo, an acappella choir, hip hop group and a string quartet.  While it may come in many shapes and sizes, the one consistent factor is teamwork.  Chamber musicians are honing their skills include knowing when to lead, when to listen, taking responsibility for one another, constant communication and problem solving collaboratively. The power of chamber music comes from the process of reaching mutual understanding and respect while working together towards a common goal. The CMSa2 Chamber Music Program offers intermediate to advanced level musicians a unique opportunity to study chamber music on an intense level with Ann Arbor's best teachers.  

Please fill out our Auditon Inquiry Form to request an audtion.

 

Youth Chamber I | Mondays | 5:30-7:00pm   

Instructor: Amelia Taylor 

Youth Chamber II | Mondays | 5:30-7:30pm   

Instructor: Teagan Faran (bio below)

Ages 10+


Youth Chamber is a class for for young players to experience the joy of chamber music! Each ensemble will learn the intricacies of communication and the give-and-take of chamber playing.

  • STUDIO CLASS:  Every week, ensembles will participate in a collaborative class that will cover concepts such as intonation, balance and ensemble, rehearsal techniques, and score reading.  Emphasis is placed on problem-solving, formulating and expressing ideas and collaboration.
  • INDEPENDENT REHEARSAL: With the help of an onsite music expert, each ensemble will rehearse independently using guidelines set by their instructor during the studio class.
  • PERFORMANCE and COMMUNITY OUTREACH: All ensembles will perform on CMSa2's Chamber Recital and will also perform throughout the community.

Pre-formed groups welcome.

Creative Composers Chamber Ensemble I | Tuesdays | 4:30-6:00pm

Creative Composers Chamber Ensemble II | Wednesdays | 4:30-6:00PM

Instructor: Bethanni Grecynski for both classes

Ages 10+

Students explore arranging and composition across diverse genres, including classical, blues, and funk, as well as music from the Balkans, Celtic nations, and Nigeria. Teamwork and creativity are the main themes of this course. For intermediate to advanced instrumentalists.

  • WEEKLY SESSION:   Every week, the class explores concepts including ear-training, improvisation, chord structures, transcription, arranging, and composition.  Emphasis is on creativity, listening, expression, communication, learning/playing by ear, collaboration, and autonomy. 
  • INDEPENDENT REHEARSAL: With the help of an onsite music expert, each ensemble will rehearse independently using guidelines set by their instructor during their class..
  • RECORDING:  Students participate in the hands-on experience of recording their final arrangements and compositions at Neutral Zone's Oprheum Recording Studio.
  • PERFORMANCE AND COMMUNITY OUTREACH: All chamber ensembles perform on CMSa2's Chamber Recital.  Ensembles will also have the opportunity to perform throughout the community and other local events.

 

The Brandenburg Project - Ages 9+

The Brandenburg Project is a unique chamber ensemble for highly motivated young musicians who have a passion for Bach and his contemporaries. This period ensemble will explore in depth baroque playing techniques and develop all the teamwork, communication and problem solving skills needed to succeed as a chamber musician.  See the ensemble's website at thebrandenburgproject.wordpress.com

  • WEEKLY SESSIONS:  Every week, The Brandenburg Project participates in a collarborative class that involves both guided and independant rehearsal.  In addition to learing basic chamber music concepts such as intonation, balance and ensemble, rehearsal techniques, and score reading, students also explore the application of historical performance practice.   Emphasis is placed on group problem-solving, formulating and expressing ideas and collarboration.
  • WORKSHOPS with GUEST ARTISTS:  Every term, students have the oportunity to play for and learn from the nations top early music experts.
  • PERFORMANCE: The Brandenburg Project performs 6-8 times throughout the year both on CMSa2 events and throughout the community.   

 

Saturday | 3:30-5:30 | 12 weeks per term 

$250/term | $400/full-year

Instructor: Kasia Bielak-Hoops

Generously supported by Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and Arts Alliance.

Teagan Faran grew up in Buffalo, NY where she began violin through the Buffalo Suzuki Strings program.  Her musical ventures eventually expanded to include gaining expertise in tango, composition, and jazz improvisation.  As a soloist, Teagan has performed with the Buffalo Philharmonic, the Greater Buffalo Youth Orchestra, the Williamsville East Symphonic Orchestra, the University of Vermont Symphony, and the Ann Arbor Camerata, for which she is also the Executive Director.  Ms. Faran is currently earning degrees in Violin Performance and Jazz/Contemporary Improvisation at the University of Michigan and serves as the concertmaster of the University Symphony Orchestra. An avid educator, Teagan has worked with the El Sistema and Sphinx Programs as well as manages her own private studio in Ann Arbor.

Please fill out our Auditon Inquiry Form to request an audtion. 

Audition Requirements:
 

Both Individual Instrumentalists, and Preformed Groups (2-8 musicians) are welcome.  Pre-formed groups get a 10% discount per member.

Auditioners will be asked to play scales and a piece that best reflects the ability of the student. The purpose of the placement audition is to enable us to put students with similar abilities and ages together in groups.

Preformed Groups will also need to schedule an audition.  Groups will be asked to perform a piece of their choice.

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