What Is Chamber Music?
A chamber music ensemble is a small group of musicians who perform on their instruments together, generally without a conductor. Each musician in the group is the only one on a part.
Examples of chamber music ensembles:
- String quartets (two violins, viola, cello)
- Woodwind quintets (flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn)
- Brass quintets (horn, two trumpets, trombone, tuba)
- Piano trios (violin, cello, piano)
- Percussion ensembles
- Jazz combos
Why Should I Sign Up?
This experience will:
- Help you develop and solidify your skills as a musician.
- Challenge you as a soloist on your part.
- Expose you to some wonderful repertoire you may not otherwise learn in orchestra or band.
- Group you with several other dedicated young musicians from your orchestra/playing level.
- Help prepare you for solo/ensemble festival.
- Provide chances to play elsewhere in the community.
- May help meet community service requirements at your school!
- Enhance your EPSYO experience!
Ensembles are expected to rehearse every week. EPSYO provides a professional teacher to coach each ensemble in a private group lesson setting six to eight times per semester. Coaches and group members are responsible for planning out their rehearsal and coaching schedule each semester with help from Mr. Garcia. Rehearsals will be scheduled before or after your respective orchestra’s weekly meeting. For example, if your group is comprised of members from Youth Symphony (YS), which meets Sundays from 1-3:30 pm, then a chamber ensemble might schedule their weekly meeting an hour before or after your orchestra’s rehearsal time. All ensembles are required to perform in the end of semester recital.
The EPSYO Chamber Music Program is a serious commitment to yourself, your peers, your coach, and the repertoire you learn together. ALL members are expected to attend ALL rehearsals and ALL performances. Those who do not dedicate themselves to the program and its guidelines will be removed without reimbursement of program fee. Mark rehearsals and performances on your calendar and be in touch regularly with your coach and other group members. Missing a rehearsal is unacceptable, the only exception being a serious illness.
Rehearsal dates should be set by ensemble members. Coaching dates will be set by the coach and all ensemble members. Rehearsal space is available at Jefferson H.S. on Saturdays from 12-1, 2-4 and Sundays 12-1, 3-4:30.
Community Engagement Through Music
Additional performance opportunities will be awarded to qualified ensembles to represent the EPSYO in the community from time to time. Selected ensembles will learn an additional standard book of light string quartet/ensemble repertoire and perform as background musicians at community events during the EPSYO season. Special reading sessions will be scheduled when needed each semester where these participants will receive and become familiar with the repertoire. Please note that additional rehearsals may be called if a group is to be prominently featured.
Saturdays and Sundays
(before or after Orchestra rehearsals)
The Chamber Music Program is open to all students in grades 6-college enrolled in a regular EPSYO ensemble. Students may participate in both semesters or only one.
The EPSYO is always looking forward to taking our music into the community whenever we can. Being a part of this program may open other performance opportunities to you and your group.
The fee associated with the program is $80 per student per semester (Sep-Dec) or (Mar-May). This pays for regular coachings for your musical group.