Chamber Music Ensemble
The Chamber Music Ensemble offers instrumentalists the opportunity to apply theoretical knowledge to practical music making in an intimate and informal master class setting. Taught by Judith Eissenberg, MUS 116: Inside the Piece, from the Player’s Perspective, offers instrumentalists the opportunity to apply theoretical knowledge to practical music making in an intimate and informal master class setting. Interpretation emerges as each piece’s unique structure is uncovered, and historical context, technique and style are explored and discussed.
Individual practice and ensemble rehearsal in preparation for coaching sessions are required. Course work includes written assignments, listening and selected reading all aimed at getting "inside the piece." Class assignments include "You are the Critic," an opportunity to listen critically to multiple renditions of a work, and apply acquired skills and knowledge to choose the most convincing performance. Each ensemble gives informal "talk-n-play" demos of the piece being prepared for the final performance. Other coaches include members of the Lydian String Quartet and pianist Evan Hirsch. Performance opportunities include the Wednesday Noon Concert Series in the library, and the final recital in the Slosberg Music Center. This course may include graduates and undergraduates and may be taken for credit, or xc-credit.
MUS 116 Class Expectations (Word Doc)
Sample Syllabus (Word Doc)
Sample First Assignment (Word Doc)
Sample Semester Theme (Word Doc)
Sample Oral Presentation Guidelines (PDF)