Chamber Music

Chamber Music


Chamber music course at Memorial are open to all music students. Standard ensembles such as woodwind quintets, string quartets, brass quintets, piano trios, guitar trios, etc. study and perform works from every musical period. Mixed ensembles, including those that involve voice, are also common; jazz combos have also done work in MUN’s chamber music program.

Chamber music study culminates each semester in a juried performance presented on the Music at Memorial concert series in Cook Hall.

Undergraduate Course Offerings

Music 3511, 3512, and 3513 (click for sample syllabi) are courses involving private coaching of chamber ensembles for 1, 2, and 3 credits respectively.

Music 3500 (click for sample syllabus) is the Introduction to Chamber Music course required of all first-time applicants for chamber music study.

All undergraduate students registered in chamber music also attend and participate in masterclasses held on six Thursdays during each semester from noon to 1:20. In masterclass, groups receive extra coaching from a faculty member who is not their normal coach.

Graduate Course Offerings

Music 6504, 6500, and 6501 (click for sample syllabi) are courses involving private coaching of chamber ensembles for 1, 2, and 3 credits respectively.

Graduate students are also welcome to attend and perform in the Thursday chamber music masterclasses.

Registration Procedures

Registration for chamber music courses must wait until after applications are approved. Students wishing to take chamber music for credit must submit an Application Form (links below) and have it approved prior to registering. As a result, official registration generally is not possible until the second week of the semester once ensembles are formed and coaches are assigned.

NB: If registration for chamber music will raise a student’s load for the semester above 18 credit hours, special permission from the Dean will need to be requested.

Graduate Chamber Music Application Form
Undergraduate Chamber Music Application Form

Current students interested in chamber music should

  • always feel free to contact Dr. Nathan Cook (x3024, with questions.
  • discuss your plans with your studio instructor. They know your playing/singing well and can advise best regarding possible repertoire.
  • talk to your fellow students about doing chamber music together. You may of course apply as an individual, but you are also welcome to suggest a preformed ensemble or to request placement in a group with particular students with whom you would like to work.
  • fill out and submit an application. The links above will take you to the appropriate forms. Forms are due by the end of business on the first day of classes in September for application for study in the fall semester, and by the end of business on December 10 (or the first business day after that if the 10th falls on a weekend) for applications for study in the winter semester.


School of Music

230 Elizabeth Ave, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1B 3X9

Postal Address: P.O. Box 4200, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1C 5S7

Tel: (709) 864-8000