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"One of the great joys of working in a small ensemble is simply: THERE IS NO CONDUCTOR. What a concept! Having no conductor can mean living in the best of all possible worlds—an on-going, spirited dialogue between intellectual equals, each owning the interpretation and feeling empowered. Joyful! The challenge, of course, is that THERE IS NO CONDUCTOR, and the ensemble members need to reach musical decisions by consensus. This means knowing how to talk to each other, make suggestions, criticize, and disagree, all without upsetting the balance of personalities that every ensemble must have in order to perform."

From the article, Open Sesame: Language Secrets for Ensemble Players by Dr. Ross Harbaugh, Professor of Cello at the Frost School of Music.

A message from the Director of Chamber Music

Chamber music by definition is a small group of musicians performing together without a conductor. The breadth of its impact, however, goes beyond its name. It is a force of mobility that enriches communities, builds careers, and houses innovation. The traits of leadership and awareness are its foundation, as control and selfless teamwork are needed to achieve performance excellence.

The Chamber Music Program at Frost recognizes chamber music as a discipline whose mastery is vital to a musician’s career in today’s world. Our program specializes in providing an in-depth foundation and real-world experience, led a distinguished faculty who are active touring chamber musicians and entrepreneurs, iconic legends, Baroque specialists, world-class composers, multi-disciplinary and genre-crossing artists.

There are on average 40-50 ensembles each semester, ranging from standard configurations such as string quartets, woodwind, or brass quintets, to mixed instrumental ensembles such as piano trios, Baroque ensembles, cross-genre DIY groups, and duos involving winds, strings, brass, percussion, voice. Top ensembles are active throughout South Miami, through our partnership series at Fairchild Botanical Garden and Palm Beach’s own Flagler Museum, and all ensembles perform within masterclasses, community outreach concerts through MusicReach, pop up concerts, and on one of two culmination events. Along with performance majors, students from other areas of Frost School of Music, such as Music Therapy, Studio Jazz, Vocal Performance, Theory & Composition, Music Engineering, and more are also welcomed to participate in chamber music.

It is an honor to build a new program with my colleagues that is focused on honoring traditional legacies, while trailblazing new paths that invest in tomorrow’s leaders of chamber music.

 

Valerie Coleman
Director of Chamber Music
Assistant Professor of Performance, Chamber Music and Entrepreneurship
Read more about her on The Flute Review here.