Chamber Ensembles

Brass Chamber Music Ensembles

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.

Chamber Soloist Ensembles

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.

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.

String Chamber Ensembles

All string students at MU are encouraged to participate in small ensembles such as string quartets, string trios, piano trios, or, piano quartets. After auditions, ensembles are formed of students with similar abilities as conditions permit. Performance opportunities in concerts and master classes are offered both on and off campus throughout the year.

Saxophone Quartets

Saxophone chamber music is an essential component of the saxophone program at MU. These groups are among the most active in the School of Music and give many public performances on campus, throughout the community, and beyond. Mizzou's award-winning quartets have included MTNA National Finalists and State Winners and have received numerous honors from the Missouri Music Teachers Association competitions. They are active in the commissioning and performance of new works works for quartet and have performed at conferences and competitions throughout the country as well as graduation ceremonies, private parties, schools, and senior centers. Several groups are formed each semester according to ability and experience. No previous quartet experience is required. Enrollment includes a weekly coaching and independent rehearsals.