String Chamber Ensembles

Chamber Violins

  • The Music Department places special emphasis on the development and performance of small ensemble practices and repertoire, making string chamber music at CSB/SJU particularly exciting and rewarding for both performers and audience members
  • CSB/SJU is home to 10 outstanding string ensembles - these include string quartets and quintets, a cello ensemble, a bass ensemble, a viola da gamba consort, and a piano quintet
  • The repertoire performed is expansive, ranging from early classical to modern works
  • Participating students enjoy working closely with faculty to develop the skills necessary for high quality chamber music performance - coaching sessions occur weekly, and often more frequently than that
  • String chamber music coaches include Dr. J. David Arnott, Dr. Lucia Magney, and Dr. Joshua Schwalbach
  • Many students take part in extra, independent rehearsals to further develop the skills they have learned from their coaches
  • Performances occur with formal Chamber Orchestra concerts, student recitals, weddings, church services, community events, community school outreach, and many other opportunities (the piano quintet recently recorded a CD)
  • Interested students should register for MUSC 240, which can be taken for 0-1 credit
  • For more information, contact Dr. David Arnott

Piano Quintet