Chamber Ensembles (Music 2721/2722)

Chamber Ensembles

Directors:
George Lopez, Piano & Strings (glopez@bowdoin.edu)
Mary Hunter, Piano & Strings (mhunter@bowdoin.edu)
Kirsten Monke, Strings (kirviola@yahoo.com)
Kathleen McNerney, Woodwinds (kookieoboe@gmail.com)
Dean Stein, Strings (dsteinviolin@gmail.com)
Mark Tipton (marktiptonmusic@gmail.com)
Yasmin Vitalius, Strings (yasmin@vitalius.com)

Chamber music players often become close friends and bond in a very special way, staying together as a team for their entire time at Bowdoin. Come and join our vibrant ensemble program and experience the dynamic dialogue of playing with others in a smaller more intimate setting.

Over 50 students participate each semester in chamber ensembles. These typically include a brass quintet, one or more small wind ensembles, several string quartets and quintets, and ensembles with strings and piano.  Ensembles are auditioned in order to form groups of  comparable abilities. As with all ensembles at Bowdoin. no preference is given to music majors or minors -- we welcome students at all levels of performing ability and with all kinds of academic interests. 

Ensembles are coached once a week by faculty and local professional musicians, and rehearse at least once a week without the coach.  The performing opportunities include not only ensemble recitals, but also a semesterly Common Hour devoted to student chamber performance.  Participants receive one-half credit per semester.