String Chamber Ensemble
Consider becoming a part of a chamber music ensemble. Chamber Music gives musicians the opportunity to develop musical independence while playing in a string trio, quartet or quintet. Lead by professional cellist and chamber musician James Jaffe, this musical experience allows serious musicians to take their playing and performing skills to the next level.
When studying in a string chamber ensemble, you are given the opportunity to build close friendships with the other members of your group while developing musical independence and skills. In chamber ensembles, the absence of a conductor allows the individual members to make their own musical decisions. The benefits of studying chamber music include: the development of a strong sense of responsibility and commitment in group projects, as members are responsible for their own part and the ultimate success of the ensemble; learning to listen carefully to the other parts in an ensemble and balance their own parts accordingly; greater precision in intonation, rhythm, and dynamic range; and an even deeper understanding of tone color and production. Chamber music, originally composed for recreation before later developing into performances at both private parties and public concerts, is a very enjoyable activity, linked often to a conversation among individual musicians.
Students will be formed into either string trios, quartets (2 violins, viola and cello) or quintets (2 violins, viola, cello and bass) based on ability. Each chamber ensemble will rehearse with coach James Jaffe for 60 minutes each week. The coachings are scheduled for Saturday mornings and early afternoons. This will work out perfectly for students already enrolled in one of the BW Youth Orchestras. Ensembles are also expected to, independent of their coach, schedule additional practice time as a group each week. Ensembles will present a performance at the end of each semester.
Auditions are February 8th - Call to schedule a time
Coachings begin on February 15th
Location: Rooms 306 & 308 in the Kulas Musical Arts Building
Cost: $130 for 10 weeks of coaching, and end of semester performance plus a $15 registration fee
For more information, call 440-826-2365 or register for spring 2014 use the form below. You will be contacted within 2 business days with a confirmed audition time once the audition times are scheduled.