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.
Formed in 2011 at Southern Methodist University Meadows School of the Arts, the Altius 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.
We are currently looking for a graduate quartet in residence for the 2017-18 academic year. Visit the Quartet Program page for more information.
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.