Music to My Ears: Chamber Ensembles


Hey ya’ll! I’m Vicki: class of 2019, decidedly undecided concentration-wise (but it’s between music and economics), and your blogger for the Music to My Ears column. I’ll be writing all about Brown’s diverse and bustling music scene each week, so stay tuned!

Shopping period is over here at Brown, and this semester, I’ve decided again to enroll to perform in a chamber music ensemble.

Brown offers a ton of different musical ensembles to participate in, both for and not-for credit. Chamber music ensembles are put together at the beginning of the semester based on a simple audition to gauge skill level, and we work on completing a full piece to perform. Last semester, we played the Shostakovich G minor piano quintet. This semester, we’re playing the Turina A minor piano quartet (it’s a very Spanish piece – one section sound just like a bull fight!)

I love listening to chamber music, but the best part of chamber ensemble is definitely the talented musicians I get to play with. We’re a mini family – it’s been a great way to meet fellow music lovers and satisfy our musical drive. And it can be a large or as little a time commitment as you make it – we get one coaching a week, and we rehearse once a week, but it’s totally up to you!


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