Brass Chamber Music
Chamber groups formed exclusively of trombones, tubas, and horns are scheduled regularly. In addition, such mixed ensembles as brass quintets and quartets are offered depending on student interest. These ensembles provide an opportunity for the brass student to perform music of diverse styles, from the widest historical range, both original compositions and arrangements of other musical genres.
Students who participate in string chamber music are placed in appropriate ensembles and coached by a member of the Esterhàzy Quartet. The objectives of the groups differ, some doing a great deal of public performance and others spending most of their time learning chamber music techniques and literature. These objectives are determined in consultation with the students. Sections are often combined with pianists or wind players in order to perform the masterpieces of chamber music literature. Admission is by consent of the string faculty.
Exit 128 Chamber Orchestra
This is a student-led, chamber ensemble formed in 2014 that performs music written for one-on-a-part performance and focuses primarily on new music. The ensemble rehearses on Sunday afternoons and performs twice each semester even though this is a not-for-credit ensemble. They completed a southeastern tour in January 2016 culminating in an invited performance at the Oh My Ears! New Music Marathon at Arizona State University. The faculty advisor for this group is Dr. Stefan Freund and the current student director is Travis Herd.
Graduate String Quartet
The GSQ is comprised of two violinists, violist, and cellist who are all graduate students. They hold TA positions as a member of this ensemble and perform several times during each semester in addition to performing a full chamber recital.
Mizzou New Music Ensemble
Mizzou New Music Initiative seeks talented performers dedicated to promoting new music. The New Music Ensemble, under the direction of faculty composer and Alarm Will Sound member Stefan Freund, collaborates with MU’s faculty and student composers, performs frequently on and off campus, and works with some of the world’s leading composers and interpreters of new music. Seven Graduate Assistantships are available for New Music Ensemble members.
Over the last six years, the ensemble has performed regularly in St. Louis, in such venues as the Sheldon Concert Hall, Shoenberg Theatre at the Missouri Botanical Garden, Contemporary Art Museum, and World Chess Hall of Fame, collaborating with visual artists in the Sound of Art Series. The Ensemble has been coached by prestigious guest composers and performers, visiting the campus as a result of the New Music Initiative, including Steven Stucky, Tod Machover, Matt Haimovitz, eighth blackbird, the Verdehr Trio, and others.
Piano Chamber Ensembles
Chamber groups formed with string and wind players provide piano students the opportunity to develop ensemble skills and perform works from the remarkable piano chamber music repertoire. Small ensembles of 3-6 players coach with MU faculty members and perform in student chamber music recitals.
Woodwind Chamber Ensembles
All woodwind students are encouraged to participate in small ensembles while at MU. After auditions, ensembles are formed of students with similar abilities as conditions permit. Concerts both on and off campus are presented throughout the year.