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Chamber Music Artist-in-Residence

Alicia Hall MoranThe Chamber Music Program annually welcomes a featured guest artist to mentor student ensembles, collaborate with faculty, and contribute to the growing culture of chamber music within the Frost community and beyond. The artist-in-residence is an expert within a parallel or juxtaposed field, with an ability to challenge conventional barriers and enrich the student development in artistry and presentation, all through a unique perspective. The inaugural 2020-2021 Chamber Music Artist-in-Residence is the preeminent multi-disciplinary artist Alicia Hall Moran. Read more about her here

Premier Performances Series

The pandemic could not stop the launch of Frost’s new chamber music series, Premier Performances. This season offers masterclasses with acclaimed guest artists, virtual performances both live and pre-recorded, webinars with esteemed faculty.

The featured ensembles for the 2020-2021 season are:

  • Danish String Quartet
  • McGill/McHale Trio
  • Mnozil Brass
  • The Percussion Collective
  • Talea String Quartet

Innovations & Community in the Age of Covid-19

Now more than ever, chamber music has become the cornerstone of a Classical musician’s career. Established orchestras, opera houses, and concert halls are seeking new paths to reach audiences and are turning to chamber music. The Frost School of Music recognizes chamber music as a discipline whose mastery is critical to a musician’s career and can be a model for innovation. Student activities within chamber music include:

  • Outdoor, socially-distanced pop-up performances throughout the UM campus and the South Miami communities as curated by Frost students.
  • Virtual masterclasses that engage iconic guest artists globally, using the innovative camera system of Gusman Concert Hall that allows guests to interact with the ensemble on the stage. The virtual audience enjoys viewing a 4-angled vantage point of the performing ensemble. The chamber music program is the first in the school and in the country to hold masterclasses within this format.
  • Video productions of chamber music performances prepared by the students.
  • A body of new works composed specifically for long-distance playing via teleconference.
  • Mentorship sessions focused on performance communication and comportment with Chamber Music Artist-in-Residence Alicia Hall Moran, and Dr. Raina Murnak.
  • Partnerships with local arts organizations, provide professional work for student ensembles.