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Chamber music is played by small groups, with one musician to each part. Music is performed without a conductor, and is intended to be heard in intimate settings. The valuable skills and lessons derived from symphonic music performance are amplified in chamber music. Within a chamber group each member is a section, highlighting and strengthening a student’s abilities through self-directed and team-guided learning.
The Chamber Music Program is open to all students in grades 6-12 enrolled in a regular AYSP ensemble. Registration takes place annually in August for the fall semester and December for the spring semester. Students may participate in both semesters or only one.
Students are encouraged to form their own chamber groups prior to registration, or the Chamber Music Coordinator will group students into ensemble by instrument, interest, age, and ability. Each group rehearses weekly and receives at least ten coachings throughout the year from professional musicians and educators. Chamber groups also participate in master classes with guest musicians from across the world! The Chamber Music Program is coordinated by Dr. Bea Strong. She can be reached at (505)875-1319 ext. 127 or firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
The Chamber Music Program takes performances out of the concert hall and into the community. Ensemble performances take place at community events and venues including farmer’s markets, festivals, libraries, hospitals, schools, and other community spaces. Not only are these performances unique and fun, but they give students the opportunity to use their talents to give back to the community! Listeners in these venues often have limited access to symphonic music either by distance or economics. [This might also help meet community service requirements at your school!] Top ensembles are requested occasionally for important community events including the Mayor and First Lady’s Charity Gala, the Governor's Inaugural Ball and the Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce meetings.
The fee is $60 per semester and assistance is available for families in need.