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.
Winners of the Gramophone Classical Music Awards 2021 (Chamber category), the world-renowned Takács Quartet is in its 47th season. Edward Dusinberre, Harumi Rhodes (violins), Richard O’Neill (viola) and András Fejér (cello) are excited to bring to fruition several innovative projects for the 2021-2022 season. With bandoneon/accordion virtuoso Julien Labro, the group will perform throughout the United States new works composed for them by Clarice Assad and Bryce Dessner. This season also marks the world premiere of a new quartet written for the Takács by Stephen Hough, "Les Six Rencontres." The Takács will record this extraordinary work for Hyperion Records, in combination with quartets by Ravel and Dutilleux.
In the last year, the Takács marked the arrival of Grammy award-winning violist Richard O’Neill by making two new recordings for Hyperion. Quartets by Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel and Felix Mendelssohn were released in Fall 2021, followed by a disc of Haydn’s opp. 42, 77 and 103 in 2022. Learn more.
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. Learn more.