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Skidmore Chamber Ensembles

Skidmore offers students a multifaceted chamber music experience. The ensemble classes are open to all Skidmore students by audition with the faculty ensemble coach.

Through weekly rehearsals, students will develop the art of collaboration and interpretation of composition. At the end of each semester, ensembles perform in one of several chamber concerts.

Chamber ensemble classes are listed below and are linked to pages with more detailed descriptions, faculty contact information, and registration procedures.

Students who play instruments other than those listed may also inquire about participation. Ensembles often include piano, voice, guitar, etc.

Existing student groups may also present themselves to faculty for consideration of acceptance into an ensemble class.

Festivals and Residencies for Chamber Ensembles

Skidmore festivals for brass, wind, strings, and more afford the chance for more in-depth study, interaction, and the opportunity to participate in coaching with world-class artists.

Twice a year, Skidmore hosts the Ensemble Connect residencies. AEnsemble Connect (formerly ACJW) is a program of Carnegie Hall, the Juilliard School, and the Weill Music Institute in partnership with the New York City Department of Education. Through ensemble coaching, individual lessons, and classes, students explore techniques for opening new windows on musical meaning and interactive performance from these extraordinary young artists.

In March 2012, Skidmore presented the Abeshouse Recording Residency. Student chamber ensembles recorded for the CD/DVD Music at Skidmore: The Abeshouse Recording Residency. World-renowned recording engineer and producer Adam Abeshouse recorded four selected chamber ensembles, teaching them the art of recording.