Chamber Music

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    Welcome to Chamber Music at CU Boulder!

The College of Music is noted for its extensive chamber music programs. Various student ensembles are organized throughout the school year for strings, woodwinds, brasses, voices, and mixed media. These groups receive regular coaching sessions from our distinguished faculty and have numerous performance opportunities both on and off campus.

takacs quartetTakács Quartet

Recognized as one of the world’s premiere string quartets, The Takács Quartet has been in residence at the University of Colorado since 1983 and, in collaboration with other String Faculty, has developed a program geared toward students who relish the chance to develop their artistry with a special emphasis on chamber music, in a small tightly knit community where students will not be lost in the crowd. Members of the Takács admit a small number of students to their individual classes each year and work intensively with a resident graduate string quartet. Although the quartet maintains a high-profile international career, the schedule is managed carefully to allow for regular and frequent periods teaching in Boulder. The Quartet’s commitment to teaching is enhanced by summer residencies at the Aspen Festival and at the Music Academy of the West, Santa Barbara. The Takács is a Visiting Quartet at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London. Significant scholarships to study with members of the Takács are available, thanks to the Takács Society and the Starling Foundation.

Quartet Program

The Quartet Program, founded by Charles Castleman in 1970, is a unique summer program now held in two locations, Fredonia, NY and the College of Music in Boulder. It is an intensive summer chamber music program which brings together some of the most highly gifted young performers from around the world and molds them into seven quartets. The Quartet Program is in residence at the College of Music each summer in July. Find more information about the Quartet Program.

Graduate Chamber Music Ensembles

altius quartetAltius Quartet
Graduate String Quintet in Residence

Formed in 2011 at Southern Methodist University Meadows School of the Arts, Altius holds the position as Fellowship String Quartet-in-Residence at the University of Colorado-Boulder, where they are mentored by the Takács Quartet. The quartet has an active performance schedule including engagements at music festivals, series, and universities throughout the United States. Highlights of the 2015-16 season include: performances at Music at Kohl Mansion in San Francisco and California State University in Fullerton, residencies at the Fayetteville Chamber Music Festival, the Western Slope Concert Series, and participation in the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival as Shouse Artists.

Rano Winds
Graduate Woodwind Quintet in Residence

Flutist Kaleb Chesnic, oboist Emily June, clarinetist Jacob Eichorn, bassoonist Daniel Nester and hornist Kelsey Bentley make up the Rano Winds.

Flatirons Brass
Graduate Brass Quintet in Residence

The Flatirons Brass is the brass quintet in residence at the University of Colorado Boulder. The ensemble focuses on a diverse repertoire ranging from school demonstrations to full recitals featuring original transcriptions and arrangements.