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Chamber Music at Stanford

About Chamber Music

The Chamber Music program works primarily with ensembles that include string players, pianists and occasionally other instrumentalists interested in chamber music assignments. Applicants from all majors and departments are welcome.

If you have questions about whether this would be the best fit for your interests, contact the St. Lawrence String Quartet at

Chamber Music in the 2020/21 Academic Year

For the 2020/21 academic year chamber music will take place remotely. The St. Lawrence String Quartet will teach MUSIC 271: Chamber Music Discovery which will be a chamber music performance, discussion, and appreciation course.

MUSIC 271: Chamber Music Discovery: The St. Lawrence String Quartet will host weekly sessions that include pre-recorded performances and live discussions. The online/synchronous course will use interactive digital content to discuss chamber music masterworks, the practice of playing in a small ensemble, and the intricacies of rehearsing and performing. 

Students will be expected to develop a final project that delves into a work for chamber ensemble. The project should include a discussion of the music, the composer, historical context, performance history, or any other pertinent information in the form of an engaging, 10 minute video presentation. It is not a lecture or pre-concert talk, but rather a vibrant discussion that allows the speaker to showcase their interest in the topic and the importance of the work itself. Specific "entry points" to the piece (excerpts in the form of performance videos or recordings) may vary widely but the spoken presentation should be organized in such a way to encourage active listening by the audience.

Prerequisites for MUSIC 271: Chamber Music Discovery:

A love for chamber music, ability to read music, ability to connect through Zoom, and access to a smart phone or cmputer with a microphone and camera to record the final project. Prior experience playing in a chamber group is not required.

Evaluations for MUSIC 271: Chamber Music Discovery:

80% Class attendance and participation

20% Final presentation


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