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.
Graduate Chamber Music Ensembles
Graduate String Quintet in Residence
Founded in Ann Arbor in 2016, the Ivalas Quartet is composed of violinists Reuben Kebede and Anita Dumar, violist Aimée McAnulty, and cellist Pedro Sánchez. Ivalas has performed with artists such as the Calidore String Quartet, Imani Winds, Danielle Belen, David Ying, and Patricia Terry-Ross. The quartet has also been heard on WRCJ 90.9 FM’s Classical Brunch series and appeared at the inaugural Detroit Music Weekend. Maintaining their commitment to community engagement, Ivalas has also represented the Sphinx Organization playing for students in Flint and the Metro Detroit area. Recently awarded first prize in the 2019 WDAV Young Artists Chamber Music Competition, the quartet also took first prize 2018 Briggs Chamber Music Competition and was named a semifinalist group at both the M-Prize competition and Concert Artists Guild competition in New York. Photo at left courtesy Maya Ballester.
Graduate Woodwind Quintet in Residence
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.
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.
Chamber Music Coordinator
Dr. Meta Weiss started working at the University of Colorado Boulder College of Music in January 2019. She has made a career as a performing cellist, both solo and chamber music, and college educator, and is passionate about all things chamber music! Dr. Weiss is excited to be able to shape and unify the chamber program across the College of Music. She moved to Boulder from Brisbane, Australia, where she served as both Senior Lecturer in Cello and Head of Chamber Music at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University from 2015-2018.
In her new position in the College of Music, Dr. Weiss will be in charge of coordinating all of the chamber music study throughout the CoM--including helping with the formation and registration of student groups, assignment of coaches, organizing student chamber music performances and classes within and outside the CoM, and managing guest artist masterclasses and recitals. She will also be coaching several chamber groups in the program, performing on Faculty Tuesday recitals, and directing the Chamber Music Performance Classes throughout each semester. Read Dr. Weiss' full bio.