One of the greatest aspects of learning how to play an instrument is the art of collaboration. Being able to productively solve problems with others is necessary in every facet of life, and making chamber music with friends is one of the most effective and fun ways to hone this skill! Working together in a chamber group is a perfect balance of playing in an ensemble, while focusing on your solo playing as well.
Ensemble playing is a vital part of learning to play an instrument, and chamber music is an exciting and unique opportunity for string students to work in a small group setting. Unlike a typical large school orchestra, students will learn to work together in small groups as a team, while having the opportunity to stand out on their own individual parts.
MSSC chamber faculty includes violinist Seina Shirakura, violinist Lani Bortfeld and cellist Gabriel Pellino.
This year we are excited to have The MuUyas trio, a group of professional chamber musicians serving as our resident chamber group. MuUyas members, Yuhao Cheng (violin), Gene Chen (viola) and Vivan Su (cello) will be work with Sound Crossing chamber students serving as fine musical examples through concerts, coachings and masterclasses.
We will be working to build the Sound Crossing Chamber Program throughout the 2017-2018 academic year and will continue to hold auditions throughout September and October. We will offer a shortened chamber semester from mid-October 2017 through the end of January 2017 as well as a full semester from February through June 2017. Sound Crossing Chamber students will have the opportunity to perform at various recitals, concerts and events throughout the year.
- Andante Ensembles – These beginning chamber groups are ideal for students who want to improve their note reading skills and develop basic ensemble skills. Students will rehearse and perform fun and engaging arrangements that are accessible to very early music readers. (Recommended for students in late Suzuki book 1 or traditional students of equivalent level, with some note-reading experience.)
- Baroque Level Ensembles – This level provides early chamber music experience for emerging young string players. Students will be placed in quartets or similarly structured small ensembles based on their individual abilities. Students will delve into engaging and creative music which will allow them to explore a variety of harmonies, textures and rhythms in an authentic chamber ensemble setting. Graduated repertoire will allow for continued growth, as students work toward building skills and experience essential for any chamber musician. (Recommended for students in Suzuki books 2 and 3 or traditional students of equivalent level. Students should be able to read music.)
- Crescendo Ensembles – String players in advanced level ensembles will study works of standard chamber repertoire. Small group sizes will allow students to receive individualized attention during weekly coaching with MSSC faculty members. Scheduled self-guided rehearsal time will allow students to develop independence and learn how to work collaboratively with other musicians. There will also be additional opportunities for students to work with master level musicians in a coaching setting. (Recommended for students in Suzuki books 4 and up, or traditional students of equivalent level.)
- Appoggiatura and Vivace Ensembles – These groups are part of our Suzuki Chamber Program – an extension of standard Suzuki group classes for students in Book 3 and up. Click here for more information about Suzuki Chamber Ensembles.