Participation in Chamber Music is an essential element of a Juilliard music student's education. Performance opportunities for Chamber Music include seminar classes, independent ensembles, and the annual extracurricular ChamberFest. Successful participation requires initiative, responsibility, and clear communication with coaches, colleagues, and the Chamber Music Office. All Chamber Music activities at Juilliard share the basic elements of coaching sessions with a peerless faculty and regular performance opportunities. Please click on the terms below to find out more about our Chamber Music program
For more information, please contact:
Ms. Barli Nugent
Director of Chamber Music
The Juilliard School
60 Lincoln Center Plaza
New York, NY 10023
(212) 799-5000, ext. 592
In January, the annual ChamberFest program allows 20 chamber groups a week of intensive non-credit work on repertoire of their choice before the second semester begins. Each group receives a rehearsal studio for the week and eight hours of coaching from the faculty. ChamberFest ensembles give public performances at Juilliard in a series of concerts during the first week of the second semester.
An intensive year-long program for string trios, string quartets, piano trios, and piano quartets. Up to four participating groups will work with assigned chamber music faculty, are expected to maintain a significant amount of regular rehearsal time, and will participate in the Joseph Lin Studio Class. Three required public performances will take place in October, mid-spring semester, and in April. Students will explore their repertoire further through a written, oral, or cross-disciplinary project. Groups will receive priority consideration for placement into Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center master classes, Wednesday at One concerts in Alice Tully Hall, and other chamber music opportunities. By audition only.
Student musicians form their own groups and work with faculty coaches in regular coaching sessions that culminate each semester in performances around the building and beyond. In addition to standard groupings such as string quartets, piano trios, and brass and wind quintets, we offer a wide variety of chamber music opportunities — including improvisation; vocal chamber music; coaching with members of the composition faculty; Classical repertoire with fortepiano; Baroque repertoire with the Historical Performance faculty; harp, guitar and wind groups; and other repertoire-specific ensembles.
Participants in the American Brass Quintet Seminar study the brass quintet repertoire and participate in master classes, seminar classes, and performances under the guidance of members of the American Brass Quintet. All undergraduate brass students must complete one year of the seminar.
Participants in the Harp, Guitar, and Winds class study mixed chamber music repertoire in weekly classes with flute faculty member Carol Wincenc. Groups in the seminar perform at the end of each semester
All first-year and transfer undergraduate violin, viola, and cello students are required to audition for the String Quartet Survey class at the beginning of the fall semester. Quartets will be formed by the course instructor, a former member of the Juilliard String Quartet. Participants in the class have weekly rehearsals and coaching sessions, and study four quartets over the course of the year, including a quartet by Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, and more recent repertoire. Specific guidelines and grading procedures are outlined by the faculty coach at the beginning of the year.
Co-taught by violinist Catherine Cho and cellist Natasha Brofsky, the Chamber Music and Community Service Seminar is open to up to four chamber groups committed to a yearlong exploration into harnessing the power of music as an agent for change in our local community. Selected by application and interview, each group of two or more musicians of any instruments must – in addition to participation in the seminar – be simultaneously registered for one year of independent coaching with a chamber music faculty member. The class will comprise eight seminars over the course of the academic year, during which the groups will work with the faculty and invited guests to develop and refine a project of their own choosing. Possible projects include an educational collaboration with a local public school; a performance series in a senior center, art gallery or homeless shelter located in an underserved community; or a benefit concert for a charity of choice, among others. Through engagement with the local community, students will learn the necessary personal and entrepreneurial skills involved in creating and publicizing their work.
The Artist Diploma in String Quartet Studies enables an already established string quartet to move from serious study of the repertoire toward a professional career as a teaching and performing quartet. For more information click here.