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 acapella choir, hip hop group and a string quartet.  While it may come in many shapes and sizes, the one consistant 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 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.  (See list of classes and descriptions below.)

Students also have the opportunity to join Ann Arbor's premier chamber music festivals, the three-day Phoenix Phest or five-day Phoenix Phest Grande as part of this program.  These intense and unique opportunities will further deepen students' understanding and ultimately joy of music.  See package details below.

Each ensemble will:

  • Participate in weekly Studio sessions where they get to hear and collaborate with other ensembles.
  • Particpate in termly Chamber Music Workshops with guest clinicians.
  • Perform on Recitals and for other opportunities throughout the year.

 

Placement Auditions for the Chamber Music Fall 2015 will be held on September 9th and 10th or by appointment. Please fill out our Auditon Inquiry Form to request an audtion.

 

Intro to Chamber Music (ages 8-11; Beginning)

This introductory class is for budding musicians to experience the joy of collaborative music-making in small chamber ensembles. Themes throughout the course will include harmony versus melody, how to play together and group problem-solving.

Thursday | 4:30-5:30 | 12 weeks per term

$250/term | $450 Fall and Spring terms

 

Youth Chamber Ensembles (Ages 12-15; Intermediate to Advanced)

For young intermediate to advanced players who have some experience in chamber music or want to diversify their skills as musicians.  Each ensemble will learn the intricacies of communication, balance and the give-and-take of chamber playing.  Pre-formed groups welcome. 

Thursday | 6:30-7:30 | 12 weeks per term

$250/term | $450 Fall and Spring terms

Instructor: Gabe Bolkosky

Art of the String Quartet (Ages 14-18; Advanced)

The string quartet has inspired thousands of works from all the great composers including Haydn, Beethoven, Shostakovich and beyond.  During this course, advanced players will delve deep into the magic of this combination of instruments and hone their skills as mature chamber players.  Sessions include one hour of studio class and one hour of unsupervised rehearsal.  Pre-formed groups welcome.

Thursday | 6:30-8:30 or Saturday | 2:30-4:30 | 8 weeks per term

$190/term | $340 for full-year

Instructors: Gabe Bolkosky (Thurs), Kasia Bielak-Hoops (Sat)

The Brandenburg Project (Ages 9+; Intermediate to Advanced)

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

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

$250/term | $450 for full-year

Instructor: Kasia Bielak-Hoops

CMSa2 Chamber + Phoenix Phest Chamber Festivals PACKAGES (Save over $300!):

  • Package A: $500 - full year chamber at CMSa2 + PhoneixPhest
  • Package B: $720 - full year chamber at CMSa2 + PhonixPhest Grande
  • Package C: $385 - one term chamber at CMSa2 + PhoneixPhest
  • Package D: $600 - one term chamber  at CMSa2 + PhonixPhest Grande

 

Art of the String Quartet + Phoenix Phest Chamber Festival PACKAGES:

  • Package A: $440 - full year Art of the String Quartet + PhoneixPhest
  • Package B: $680 full year Art of the String Quartet + PhonixPhest Grande
  • Package C: $325 - one term Art of the String Quartet + PhoneixPhest
  • Package D: $540- one term Art of the String Quartet + PhonixPhest Grande

 

Placement Auditions for the Chamber Music Fall 2015 will be held on September 9th and 10th or by appointment.

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 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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