Chamber ensembles are open to all UMass Amherst students (not just Music majors), subject to auditions held at the beginning of each semester.
All chamber ensembles appear in concert on campus several times a year. Chamber ensembles also perform off-campus at area special events and school outreach concerts.
DOUBLE REED ENSEMBLE
Fredric T. Cohen, director
Oboists and bassoonists perform original works for double reed instruments.
Greg Spiridopoulos, director
Performs a variety of music written or arranged for trombones.
CHAMBER JAZZ ENSEMBLES
Jazz Faculty and Jazz Graduate students, directors/coaches
Multiple ensembles perform standard and student-written materials in concert and weekly recital settings.
Edward Arron, faculty coordinator
Prof. Arron and his undergraduate and graduate cello students perform together. Performances include collaborations with guest artists and additional faculty.
Kathryn Lockwood, faculty coordinator
Undergraduate and graduate violists rehearse and perform together.
GRADUATE STRING QUARTET PROGRAM
Elizabeth Chang, coordinator
Opportunities to learn and perform the string quartet repertoire. Coaches include string faculty and Fine Arts Center Series guest artists. Details about the program >>.
Eric Berlin, director
John Bottomley, director
Josh Michal, director
ADDITIONAL CHAMBER ENSEMBLES
The Department has a wide range of chamber ensembles scheduled each semester. These may include:
Brass quintets, flute choirs, horn choirs, mixed chamber ensembles, saxophone quartets, string quartets, piano trios, vocal chamber ensembles, woodwind quintets.