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Department of Music

Chamber Music Program

Student and faculty musicians perform music of the Baroque, Classical, and Contemporary periods in recitals on and off campus. They participate in numerous special events and have the occasional privilege of premiering new works by Rhode Island composers as well as students. These ensembles include: flute, saxophone, woodwind, and string ensembles, brass groups, and other various ensembles according to instrumentation and interest.

Undergraduate Honors String Quartet

Highly qualified undergraduate students who play the violin, viola, or violoncello audition annually to perform as members of thischamber music select quartet. Participants in this ensemble receive substantial scholarships towards payment of their tuition and fees. The Quartet performs one major public concert each semester and is often asked to perform at various university related functions and off-campus activities. Recent concerts have involved the performance of advanced repertoire by such major composers as Beethoven, Haydn, Mozart, Shostakovich, Barber, Mendelssohn, Brahms and Schubert. Susan Robison, coach.

Other Chamber Ensembles

Student chamber ensembles are coached each semester by artist faculty in the music department. They perform at least once each semester on a chamber music program and/or at Thursday afternoon convocations. Each group meets twice weekly, once with the coach, and once by themselves. The meeting times for these groups are generally decided at the first convocation of each semester by participants in consultation with their coach. Previous groups have included:

Brass Trio, Quartet and Quintet
Bach Ensemble
Clarinet Ensemble
Flute Ensemble
Guitar Ensemble
Percussion Ensemble
Saxophone Quartet, Quintet, Septet and Octet 
Tuba/Euphonium Ensemble
Viola Quartet
Woodwind Trio and Quintet