There will be short placement auditions for chamber music groups during the first couple days of the program. There is no special repertoire required, just be prepared with a piece you are familiar with.

Chamber Music is scheduled for all sections of the orchestra in two distinct phases. The first phase is with faculty coaches between Weeks Two to Four, and the second phase is with faculty and guest coaches and different repertoire between Weeks Five to Six. At the end of each phase every group will perform part of the studied repertoire on a public recital.  Chamber groups often include students from our voice and piano program.

The second chamber music phase is intense. During this period no orchestral rehearsals are scheduled. String players, including basses, will be placed in either a quartet or in a string chamber music orchestra. Woodwinds and some Horn players will be coached and coordinated by Diana Haskell in a combination of trios, quintets and octets. Scott Hartman will coordinate the entire brass section during this phase. Each group will be coached daily until it is scheduled for public performance during Week Six. There is also a percussion residency led by Michael Burritt during this phase with a performance culminating at the end. 

Chamber music is chaired by Kathryn Votapek.


View Chautauqua Chamber Music Resident Artist Series Events

Chautauqua is thrilled to feature many of our resident faculty and guest artists on an exciting Resident Chamber Series! The series takes place each Saturday at 4 p.m. in Elizabeth S. Lenna Hall and students are highly encouraged to attend.