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Chamber music has an important presence at the Aspen Music Festival and School, with three resident string quartets (Pacifica Quartet, American String Quartet, and Escher String Quartet), a resident brass quintet (American Brass Quintet), as well as chamber music experts of the artist-faculty.
Students have the option to audition for chamber music at the time of their orchestra seating audition, except in the case of woodwinds where a separate time will be reserved just for chamber music auditions. Students will complete a pre-season survey about their expectations for the chamber music experience, including repertoire preferences. Efforts will be made to accommodate requests but without guarantee. Preformed ensembles are strongly encouraged. Also, several violas are available for loan (no charge) to violinists interested in playing viola for chamber music.
Accepted individuals will be placed in ensembles and assigned a special project. Intensive coaching and rehearsals will ensue in preparation for a spotlight performance. Assignments are project-based. Students may work intensively for two- to three- weeks or may work the entire session, depending on difficulty of the repertoire.
Note that organized chamber music is not available for half sesson attendees. Half session students and full session students not placed in an ensemble are encouraged to form ad hoc groups, as desired. The chamber music department will assist with assigning a coach as well as a performance opportunity, to the extent possible.
Students under age eighteen should consult with their private teachers to make sure they have the maturity to handle the commitment to others in their ensemble. It may be recommended that younger or less-experienced players focus on private study or specially-designed and limited exposure to chamber music.
Placement in chamber music is not guaranteed for any student. Once assigned to an ensemble, group members are expected to remain committed to their rehearsals and coaching for the duration of their session at the AMFS. Students of all ages are welcome to audition for the Aspen Chamber Music program upon arrival at Aspen. Students under age eighteen should consult with their private teachers before auditioning. It may be recommended that younger or less-experienced players focus on private study or specially-designed and limited exposure to chamber music.
Chamber Music Coaches
|Darrett Adkins, cello||Nancy Allen, harp||Renata Arado, violin|
|Nadine Asin, flute||Daniel Avshalomov, viola||Adam Barnett-Hart, violin|
|Fabio Bidini, piano||Per Brevig, trombone||Laurie Carney, violin|
|Hung-Kuan Chen, piano||Kevin Cobb, trumpet||Elaine Douvas, oboe|
|James Dunham, viola||Simin Ganatra, violin||Nancy Goeres, bassoon|
|Jonathan Haas, percussion||Robert Hanford, violin||Per Hannevold, bassoon|
|Louis Hanzlik, trumpet||Austin Hartman, violin||Cornelia Heard, violin|
|Alex Kerr, violin||Eric Kim, cello||Wolfram Koessel, cello|
|Pierre Lapointe, viola||Anneleen Lenaerts, harp||Espen Lilleslåtten, violin|
|Mingjia Liu, oboe||Julian Martin, piano||Raymond Mase, trumpet|
|Robert McDuffie, violin||Demarre McGill, flute||Michael Mermagen, cello|
|Anton Nel, piano||Michael Powell, trombone||Eric Reed, horn|
|John Rojak, bass trombone||Sylvia Rosenberg, violin||Michael Rusinek, clarinet|
|Ann Schein, piano||Rita Sloan, piano||Brook Speltz, cello|
|Sabina Thatcher, viola||Danbi Um, violin||Joaquin Valdepeñas, clarinet|
|Brandon Vamos, cello||Bing Wang, violin||Virginia Weckstrom, piano|
|Donald Weilerstein, violin||Vivian Hornik Weilerstein, piano||Peter Winograd, violin|
|Stephen Wyrczynski, viola||John Zirbel, horn|