The adult chamber music classes are open to pianists, string and wind players interested in a fun and intense chamber music experience at GH. Class members reflect a New Yorkesque mix of ages (20-80), personal backgrounds and musical experience. Some hold degrees from major conservatories and/or have been in professional programs (Juilliard, Indiana U. (Bloomington), Yale, Harvard, Columbia, etc.). Closer to center are those who have pursued music throughout their entire lives and want to continue to play chamber music. Still others are less advanced musicians who are keen on testing the waters. No worries — there’s a place for all who are interested. Individual placement auditions are organized for new students.
The class repertory also reflects the mix of instrumentalists. Past recitals have featured Mozart, Schumann, Brahms and Schubert, along with less usual suspects like Charles Köchlin, Reger, Roussel, Honegger and Liebermann.
The atmosphere of the classes is supportive, personable and attitude-free. We often delve into the psychology of ensemble and performance, e.g., how to be a supportive and, at the same time, a good critical colleague; how to, in a ‘mind over matter’ way, extend one’s awareness from playing an individual instrument to playing in a collaborative ensemble. To that end, full scores are provided when possible.
There are 2 performance forums for chamber music class members: chamber music class recitals at Renée Weiler Hall and monthly general recitals at GH for all enrolled students, also at Weiler Hall. This allows for repeat performances of the same repertory, which is encouraged. The concert hall and the chamber music studios have excellent Steinway grand pianos. It bears mentioning that the chamber music classes have great post-concert receptions and occasional after class hangs in the Village.