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Chamber Music Artist-in-Residence

The Chamber Music Program at the Frost School of Music annually welcomes featured guest artists 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.

Livingston Taylor

This year, the chamber music program is proud to announce three residencies. Legendary folk singer Livingston Taylor will visit 3 times this year, working with our students on the art of Stage Performance. Learn more about Livingston Taylor here.

Titus Underwood

Principal Oboe of the Nashville Symphony, Titus Underwood will also visit three times, working with our oboists and chamber groups. Titus will be giving a recital and sharing his film video work, speaking in-depth on innovation in classical music, and how he sees the internet as the new concert hall. Learn more about Titus Underwood here.

Seth Parker Woods

New Music advocate and acclaimed cellist Seth Parker Woods will be at UM throughout the Spring semester curating the Liquid Room Project. Liquid Room: Coming Together continues the Nuove Sincronie concept experiment originally attempted in Milan by Fausto Romitelli and Riccardo Nova and later adopted by the ICTUS Ensemble. Multistage performances with quadraphonic sound, and sonic art. Old music and contemporary music under the same roof, but here, cellist Dr. Seth Parker Woods orchestrates a way of listening to /experiencing it as though at a rock festival or an electronic improvisation night: the public comes and goes, stays standing or sitting, the music follows on without a break, in and out.

Partnering with the Chamber Music Department and Ensemble Ibis, we will present an event that conjoins the worlds of Anton Webern, Florence Price, Tania Leon, Steve Reich, Frederic Rzewski, and more. Performances will feature students from across degree programs and include the Henry Mancini Institute String Quartet, the Stamps String Quartet, and the Graduate Saxophone Quartet. Liquid Room: Coming Together takes place on May 1, 2022. Learn more about Seth Parker Woods here.

Premier Performances Series

The pandemic could not stop the continuation of Frost School of Music’s new chamber music series, Premier Performances. This season offers masterclasses and in-depth residencies with acclaimed guest artists. In addition, this season features a dynamic roster of in-person performances which will be live-streamed as well, keeping our fans connected regardless of how far away they are.

The featured ensembles for the 2021-22 season are:

  • The Percussion Collective
  • The Frost Chamber Players
  • JACK Quartet
  • Livingston Taylor
  • American Brass Quintet
  • Seth Parker Woods

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.
  • 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 Artists-in-Residence Livingston Taylor and Titus Underwood.
  • Partnerships with local arts organizations including the Flagler Museum in Palm Beach, providing professional performance opportunities for student ensembles.