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. During the summer, the members of the quartet are on the faculty at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, where they run an intensive string quartet seminar. 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.
Founded in 2016 at the University of Colorado, the Ajax Quartet is an emerging string quartet in the Denver area that has quickly grown in following and recognition. A Boulder-based ensemble, Ajax performs for local audiences and had concert engagements in California and Washington during Summer 2017. The group began its residency with the Graduate Quartet Program in Fall 2017, under the tutelage of the Grammy award-winning Takacs Quartet. Photo courtesy Karen Hemsing-Haugen.
Hailing from Brazil, Canada, Taiwan and the United States, Quintalicous was formed in August 2016 as the woodwind quintet-in-residence at University of Colorado Boulder College of Music. Members serve as teaching assistants and mentors for the flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and horn studios in the College of Music. The ensemble performs concerts as well as outreach programs in the community. The quintet completed a school concert residency in Aspen in December 2016. Quintalicious was also featured on a faculty recital at CU, and gave their own chamber recital. Quintalicious is coached by Yoshi Ishikawa and Christina Jennings and features flutist Júlio Zabaleta, oboist Heather Macdonald, clarinetist Emily Wangler, bassoonist Michelle Chen and hornist Kelsey Bentley make up Quintalicious.
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.