Chamber Music Program

Chamber music is music for a small group of musicians (usually 3-6) where every player has his or her own part. Each player takes on a leadership role as every part is of equal importance. There is no conductor so chamber ensemble players work together to make their own musical decisions. Playing in a chamber ensemble with friends and like-minded musicians nurtures outstanding musicianship and is one of the most enjoyable and rewarding activities that every musician should experience.

As a bridge between solo and orchestral playing, chamber music develops unique musical and social skills:

  • Listening –matching sound quality, pitch, rhythm and articulation
  • Communication skills, visual and verbal
  • Leadership, self-discipline and independence
  • Sharing expression and stylistic interpretation
  • Extensive repertoire knowledge
  • HSC ensemble preparation
  • Gigs – weddings, events, busking

Chamber ensembles are made of combinations of instruments - usually orchestral strings, woodwinds and brass, recorders, guitar and/or piano. Some standard ensemble combinations are:

String Trio/Quartet         1-2 violins, 1 viola, 1 cello

String Quintet


2 violins, 1 viola, 1 cello, 1 bass
Flute/Sax Trio/Q’tet


3-4 flutes or saxophones


Piano Trio/Quartet


1 violin, 1 viola, 1 cello, 1 piano
Wind Trio


1 flute, 1 clarinet, 1 piano


Guitar, harp, winds, strings etc.
Baroque Ensemble


Strings, flute, recorder & keyboard

Director:              April Kelson, NECOM violin/viola teacher

Rehearsals:         Thursday afternoons, staggered rehearsal times


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