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Chamber Music Studies

UI violinist, cellist, and clarinet player rehearse.String Chamber Music

String Chamber Music offers a focused setting for the exploration of the chamber music literature for strings as well as strings in combination with other families of instruments. Students enrolled in String Chamber Music at the University of Iowa have numerous opportunities to work with internationally recognized artists and to perform in master classes and on recitals. Participants receive weekly coaching from chamber music faculty Elizabeth Oakes and also work closely with the visiting quartets from the University of Iowa String Quartet Residency Program. In previous semesters, students have worked with the JACK Quartet, the Linden Quartet, The Cavani Quartet, the St. Lawrence Quartet, Matt Haimovitz,  members of eight blackbird as well as many other renowned artists.

Along with their weekly coachings, students enrolled in String Chamber Music also participate in a weekly seminar. This seminar gives chamber groups the opportunity to perform and receive constructive feedback. It also serves as a vehicle to study other aspects of a career in music. Topics that have been covered in past seminars include marketing, developing educational programming, using the internet as a means of promotion and fundraising.

String Chamber Music is open to all graduate and undergraduate string players. Placement is based off a student's orchestra audition or a separately scheduled audition. Piano, wind, brass, percussion and vocal students are encouraged to participate in String Chamber Music in consultation with their major instructor. All participating groups will involve a minimum of three players and at least one must be a string player. Chamber music groups will be assigned within the first few weeks of classes depending on enrollment. Although all attempts will be made to find a suitable group for all registrants in the course, placement is not guaranteed. Early registration is encouraged. For more information about String Chamber Music, contact Elizabeth Oakes