Chamber music has been described as "the music of friends". Playing chamber music requires special skills, both musical and social, that differ from the skills required for playing solo or symphonic works. Chamber music at Drexel is available for students interested in participating in the performing arts that might enjoy working in one of these smaller ensembles.
In addition to traditional trios, quartets and quintets, there are also larger ensembles, and mixed instrument ensembles, depending on the composite of the enrollment. Students are matched to create ensembles of various combinations and receive weekly coachings at a mutually agreed upon time and day, once per week. They are able to perform both standard literature and transcriptions, and may request to play certain repertoire. Students may also request to play in ensembles with specific student colleagues that are also enrolled. Woodwinds and brass work with Eve Friedman, DM and string players work with Karen Banos.
Pianists are also encouraged to participate in chamber music! Beyond the standard piano-four-hands, pianists have the opportunity to play sonatas with a string or wind player, or be part of a trio or quartet with strings or winds. Pianists can enroll with either instructor, based on their availability or requested ensemble or repertoire. Crossover of wind and string instruments is also possible if specific repertoire is requested.
For more than 100 years, chamber music was played primarily by amateur musicians in their homes. The mission of the Chamber Music Instructors is to nurture the joy of playing chamber music and instill the skill-sets that will make it possible for Drexel graduates to confidentially incorporate chamber music into their adult lives.