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Chamber Music at Peabody

Chamber Music at Peabody

Summer 2014

Dear Students,

I hope that you are all having a wonderful summer- one that is relaxing, productive and filled with beautiful music.

Below you will find some information about the chamber music program that will be of interest to you as the new school year begins.  We are busy planning another year of exciting student performances, faculty concerts and masterclasses for you.

You are encouraged to start forming your chamber music groups early!  If you have any questions about chamber music, please feel free to email me at:, or my assistant Alan Choo at:

I look forward to seeing all of you in the fall.

Michael Kannen

Director of Chamber Music


Attention all PIANISTS!!!!!

For All Pianists who Want to Play Chamber Music or Piano Ensemble:  If you are pianist and would like to play chamber music (which includes piano ensemble), you must play a short audition on SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 7th.  Please sign-up for an audition time on the sign-up sheet on my board, outside of Rm. 302LH.  Please prepare two contrasting movements from your solo repertoire (works from the Classical period are encouraged!) and you will be asked to sight read a short, not-too-hard piece, as well.

When assigning groups, I have to give priority to pianists who play an audition.  You have a better chance of getting a group if you play!  There is no spring semester audition!

Because of the number of pianists at Peabody, pianists may only play in one group, and cannot do both chamber music and piano ensemble.


Signing-Up for Chamber Music

  • The fall sign-up deadline is:  Friday, September 5th!!!!!!
  • Sign-up deadline for spring semester will be on the last day of fall semester- December 12th.

As always, you can sign up for chamber music in one of two ways.  If you have formed a group, fill out a Pre-Formed Group Form.  Forms will be found on the bulletin board outside my studio (Rm. 302LH) and should be returned to the envelope on my door by Friday, September 5th.

If you have do not have a pre-formed group, but would like to participate in chamber music, you must sign up on the sign-up sheet on my board, also by Friday, September 5th.

Chamber Music Meeting

There will be a meeting for all students interested in the chamber music program on Wednesday, September 3rd, from 6:00-7:00pm in Cohen-Davison Theater.  At this meeting we will give you information about the chamber music program at Peabody, announce chamber music events for the upcoming year, and answer any questions you might have about chamber music at Peabody.

Chamber Music Party!

We will continue our tradition of the Chamber Music Party, which will take place on Wednesday, September 3rd at 7:00Everyone who would like to participate should meet by Room 302LH, on the third floor of Leakin Hall.  This is a chance to read some chamber music, meet new people, and possibly find some people that you would like to play with in the chamber music program.  Look for details when you come in the fall….

Hittman Visiting Chamber Ensembles

We are excited to announce that the 2014-2015 Hittman Chamber Ensembles will be:

  • The Borromeo String Quartet (December 4-5)
  • The Emerson String Quartet (April 18)

These two quartets will be at Peabody for masterclasses, performances and other residency activities. 

Honors Ensembles

Once again we will be choosing Peabody Honors Ensembles this year.  This program is open to serious and excellent groups of all kinds who wish to dedicate themselves to developing as an ensemble.  Honors Ensembles will be chosen by audition and will be given special performance and other opportunities.  Auditions will be held on Sunday, November 9th.  For guidelines and details about the program, please go to

Concert Attendance Requirement

All students who are registered for chamber music must fulfill a concert attendance requirement.  Each student must attend the following number of concerts over the course of the semester:

  • 2 student chamber music concerts
  • 1 faculty or other professional chamber music concert


See the FAQ page on the Chamber Music Webpage for answers to most of your questions!

The study and performance of chamber music is an essential part of every student's artistic development at Peabody. Collaborating with others in the interpretive process sparks the imagination which expands our sense of articulation, character and color, and inspires us to recreate a work in a more meaningful way. The vast and infinitely rich repertoire of chamber music allows students to participate in groups of widely varied instrumentation from the baroque period to the music of today.

All groups receive individual coaching, perform each semester, and have the opportunity to participate in chamber music seminars and master classes given by Peabody faculty and visiting artists. The chamber music faculty is drawn from departments throughout the Conservatory reflecting Peabody's commitment to chamber music as an experience which will have a profound impact on every student's musical life.

For any questions about Chamber Music at Peabody, please email Michael Kannen at: or his assistant Alan Choo at:


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