Pianists, instrumentalists, and singers are offered rich and varied opportunities to develop their musical skills through the Department of Music's Chamber Music Program, Piano Program, and Vocal Studies Program. These programs involve one-on-one coaching opportunities with program directors Svetlana Belsky and Patrice Michaels, respectively, as well as coaching and master class possibilities with members of the Department's Ensembles-in-Residence ensembles and visiting guest artists.
Instrumentalists who wish to participate in Chamber Music should indicate their interest at the ensemble auditions at the beginning of the season. Musicians interested in participating in the Piano or Vocal Program should audition for the respective directors at the beginning of the season.
A wide-ranging and inclusive Chamber Music Program provides numerous performance opportunities for student musicians. Chamber music groups are set up at the beginning of the year, then guided in the selection of repertoire and coached regularly by Director Amy Briggs, Piano Coordinator Svetlana Belsky, and members of the Spektral Quartet. Periodic coaching opportunities with members of eighth blackbird and other Chicago-area musicians are available as well.
Chamber music ensembles participate in quarterly Chamber Music Master Classes and perform on the Thursday Tea-Time Concert Series, or on the Chamber Music Showcase concerts that take place each year. Additional off-campus performance opportunities are also available, including regular events at Montgomery Place, a local retirement community.
All musicians interested in chamber music should sign up for an audition (i.e., either instrumental or piano) at the beginning of the academic year. Players are then assigned to chamber music groups with musicians of similar interests and abilities.
Student pianists can enhance their musical skills and experience through master classes, quarterly Piano Showcase concerts, and numerous other opportunities offered by the Department’s Piano Program. Regular coaching sessions with Svetlana Belsky are available for pianists who are preparing performances of solo and/or chamber repertoire. Master classes with visiting guest artists or local professional pianists are offered several times a year. There are numerous concerts on and off campus, often focusing on a specific composer or period.
Student pianists interested in taking advantage of coaching opportunities, playing in master classes, and performing in Department concerts must audition for the Piano Program in order to be included in these activities. Auditions are held at the beginning of the academic year. Coaching sign-ups are now online.
2013 AUTUMN QUARTER
Thursday, October 3, Logan 405
Thursday, October 10, 3-5pm, Fulton Hall
Masterclass with pianist Daria Rabotkina
Thursday, October 17, Tea Time Series in Fulton Hall
Piano Showcase: New Students
Sunday, October 27 at 2 pm, Montgomery Place
Thursday, November 7, Tea Time Series in Fulton Hall
Piano Showcase: Returning Students
Saturday, November 16, 2-4pm, Performance Penthouse
Masterclass with NIU professor William Goldenberg
Saturday, Nov. 23, 4:30, Performance Penthouse
J.S. Bach Project: Little Preludes, Inventions, and Sinfonias
2014 WINTER QUARTER
Thursday, Jan 30, 7:00-8:30 pm, Fulton Hall
Piano Masterclass with Ursula Oppens
Thursday, February 13, 4:15 pm, Tea Time Series, Fulton Hall
Sunday, February 16, 2:00 pm, Montgomery Place
Montgomery Place Showcase
Thursday, February 20, 1:30 pm, Fulton Hall
Masterclass with Lisa Kaplan
Saturday, March 8, 5:00 pm, Fulton Hall
Piano Masterclass with Jura Margulis of Arizona State University
2014 SPRING QUARTER
Saturday, Apr. 26, 3-5pm, Fulton Hall
Piano Masterclass with Min Kwon of Rutgers University
Thursday, May 8, Tea Time Series in Fulton Hall
Tuesday, May 13, 3-5pm, Fulton Hall
Piano Masterclass with David Witten of Montclair College
Saturday, May 24 in Fulton Hall
Spring project, "The Celebration of The Etude"
Piano Event Sign-Up Sheets:
In addition to the three choral ensembles sponsored by the Department of Music, the new Vocal Studies Program provides additional opportunities for singers’ involvement and musical growth. Under the direction of Patrice Michaels, this program encompasses both individual and group coaching opportunities as well as master classes and workshops on the singers’ art. Participants have the opportunity to perform on Thursday Tea Time concerts, on Vocal Music Showcase concerts, and in a variety of special programs on campus and in the Hyde Park neighborhood. Special projects may focus on a particular theme, a particular composer, or a particular genre or historical period. Singers also have the chance to work with instrumentalists involved in the Chamber Music Program or Piano Program, and to collaborate with Department composers on new works.
Scholarship Support for Lessons
Stipend Auditions: Friday, Nov 1 and Saturday, Nov 2
Students enrolled at U of C are eligible for quarterly support for private lessons. At the audition, be prepared to identify the voice teacher who has agreed to work with you, and perform a selection of your choice (pianist available to accompany). If granted a stipend, submit your request for reimbursement at the end of each quarter.
VC Music Lesson Awards Description
VC Music Lesson Awards Application
Voice Lessons and Coaching on Campus
Jeff Ray, email@example.com
Tuesdays 12 noon – 7pm Logan 803
Patrice Michaels, firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesdays & Sundays 11 – 8pm Logan 803
Regular choir members may sign up for 30 minutes of free coaching per quarter. Motet Choir members are required to take THREE 30-minute sessions per quarter. Anyone affiliated with U of C, choir member or not, can request voice lessons from either Mr. Ray or Ms. Michaels (schedule permitting).
Autumn 2013 Vocal Studies Program Events
Wednesday, October 9, 6:30pm Logan 803
Meet faculty and peer singers, sign-up for performance opportunities, hear some live performances, and have a snack. No admission charge.
Friday, October 18, 4:30 – 6:30pm Logan Penthouse
Belting Workshop, Rebecca Schorsch, soprano
Master teacher from Roosevelt University's Musical Theater Program offers technical guidance for this specialty skill, geared toward both soloists and a capella ensembles. No admission charge.
Thursday, October 24, 7:30 Fulton Hall
Jeff Ray, baritone
Friday, November 8, 4:30 pm Fulton Hall
Tom Wikman – Master Class
Thursday, November 21, 4:30pm Fulton Hall
Vocal Showcase – Tea Time Concert Series
19th Century Lieder – Chanson – Canzone – Songs. No admission charge.