Who can apply for chamber music study and who will be approved?

Who can apply?

If you are a student in any of the many degree programs offered by Memorial University’s School of Music you may apply for chamber music study. Memorial does not limit participation in chamber music to performance majors only.

Individual students as well as pre-formed ensembles are encouraged to apply. All members of a pre-formed ensemble must submit separate applications indicating their consent to work together as a group and to provide the chamber music coordinator with degree program information and contact information.

Students at Memorial regularly form standard ensembles such as string quartets, piano trios, jazz trios, woodwind or brass quintets, saxophone or guitar quartets, etc. Non-traditional ensembles are also strongly encouraged. Duo sonatas and vocal lieder with piano are considered chamber music when the two parts are of approximately equal importance.

Who will be approved?

Preference must be given to those students for whom chamber music is a degree requirement. Students for whom chamber music fills an elective credit will be served as space allows. Typically and fortunately, there is room in the course for quite a few students whose degree program does not specifically require chamber music.

Ensembles will be approved for registration for Music 3511, 3512, or 3513 in the case of undergraduate students or Music 6500 or 6501 in the case of graduate students. At times, the course a student has applied for and the course for which the student is subsequently approved will not be the same because of space constraints, length of proposed repertoire, level of experience of the applying ensemble, etc.

Individuals who are not members of a preformed ensemble may apply for chamber music credit, though it is in the applicant’s best interest to attempt to form an ensemble with fellow students and to apply as a group. The ability to accommodate individual applicants will necessarily be limited by the number and type of instruments available in the applicant pool. Every attempt to create productive and meaningful ensembles for individual applicants will nonetheless be made.

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