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.
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.
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.
Graduate Chamber Music Ensembles:
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.
Tesla Quartet – Graduate String Quartet in Residence
The Tesla Quartet was formed at The Juilliard School in 2008 by Ross Snyder, Xian Meng, Megan Mason, and Kimberly Patterson, and it has been quickly making a name for itself. The ensemble currently holds a fellowship as the Graduate String Quartet-in-Residence at the University of Colorado Boulder, where they study with the world-renowned Takács Quartet. In March of 2009, the quartet won Second Prize at the Arriaga Chamber Music Competition. The quartet has enjoyed a busy performing schedule, with concerts throughout New York City, most notably its recital debut at the newly-renovated Alice Tully Hall on April 8, 2009. At Juilliard, the quartet performed on the final concert of the ChamberFest series, and, in collaboration with pianist Liza Stepanova, presented the New York premier of Gabriela Lena Frank’s quintet, “Tres Homenajes: Compadrazgo,” for the annual FOCUS! Festival concert series.
Zenobia Winds – Graduate Woodwind Quintet in Residence