Chamber music plays a vital role in the training of musicians through the shared experience of creating music with active listening and collaboration. Chamber music at the Claire Trevor School of the Arts is a vibrant and intensive program, forming a substantial portion of the required curriculum for our Music majors.
Music students study and perform chamber works written by composers from the early Baroque through the 21st Century, including new music composed by graduate students in the School’s Integrated Composition Improvisation and Technology (ICIT) program.
Ensemble formations include standard woodwind and brass quintets, string quartets, piano trios, quartets and quintets, sonata duos, piano duets, as well as unusual groupings that mix instrumental and vocal genres. In addition to rehearsals, chamber ensembles have rigorous individualized weekly sessions where faculty coaches impart their vast knowledge and chamber experience to prepare students for performances in the chamber class, for visiting artist maste rclasses, departmental showcase concerts or the annual honors concert.
Renowned guests conduct frequent on-campus master classes and have included Menahem Pressler, Chilingirian Quartet, Eroica Trio, Rio Trio and Enso Quartet, among others. Additionally, student ensembles are chosen to participate in high-profile events such as Christopher O’Riley and Young Artists at the Ir vine Barclay Theatre, special performances for the Orange County Philharmonic Society, Laguna Beach Music Festival, and the Sounds of Spring Concerts arranged by the City ofIrvine.
At UCI, the chamber music experience fosters a strong sense of community among the students and faculty, establishing an environment where musical ideas are shared and where an appreciation and enthusiasm for the vast and rich body of chamber music literature is nurtured.