Music Programs

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Pianists, instrumentalists, and singers are offered rich and varied opportunities to develop their musical skills through the Department's Music Study Programs. 

These programs involve one-on-one coaching opportunities with program directors Amy Briggs, Svetlana Belsky, and Patrice Michaels respectively, as well as coaching and master class possibilities with members of the Department’s Ensembles-in-Residence and visiting guest artists.

Each of these programs holds placement auditions at the beginning of the season, at which musicians are evaluated and appropriate placed.  For more information on auditions, including specific requirements for each program, view the Audition Requirements page.


Chamber Music Program  •  Amy Briggs, Director

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 Chamber Music Program Director Amy Briggs and members of the Spektral Quartet.  Periodic coaching opportunities with other Chicago-area musicians are available as well, as opportunities arise and/or repertoire dictates.

Chamber music groups participate in quarterly Chamber Music Master Classes and perform on the Thursday Tea Time Concert Series and/or on the Chamber Music Showcase concerts that take place each year.  Additional off-campus performance opportunities are also available, including regular recitals and concerts at Montgomery Place, a local retirement community.

All musicians interested in chamber music should sign up for a Chamber Music Placement Audition at the beginning of the academic year, as most placements are made at that time.  Players are assigned to chamber music groups with musicians of similar repertoire interests, experience, and musical abilities.  

2015-2016 Chamber Music Program Events Schedule

AUTUMN 2015

  • Thursday, December 3 at 7:00 pm, Fulton Hall:
    Chamber Music Showcase Concert

WINTER 2016

  • Thursday, March 3 at 4:30 pm, Fulton Recital Hall:
    Tea Time Concert Series
  • Thursday, March 10 at 7:00 pm, Fulton Recital Hall:
    Chamber Music Showcase Concert

SPRING 2016

  • Thursday, April 21 at 4:30 pm, Fulton Hall:
    Tea Time Concert Series
  • Tuesday, May 24 at 7:00 pm, Fulton Recital Hall:
    Chamber Music Showcase Concert
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Piano Program  •  Svetlana Belsky, Director

Student pianists can enhance their musical skills and experience through master classes, quarterly Piano Showcase concerts, and numerous other opportunities offered by the Department of Music 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 each quarter.  There are numerous concerts both on and off campus each season, many of which focus on a specific composer or historical 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.  Practice rooms are available in Goodspeed Hall and the Logan Center.

Further information on auditions, coaching sessions, master classes, and upcoming Piano Program events can be found on the Piano Program website

2015 - 2016 Piano Program Event Schedule

AUTUMN 2​015

  • Friday, October 9 at 8:00 pm, Fulton Recital Hall:
    Recital featuring Svetlana Belsky, piano, with Marta Szlubowska, violin
  • Thursday, October 15 at 4:30 pm, Fulton Recital Hall:
    Tea Time Concert Series, New Student Piano Showcase 
  • Thursday, November 19 at 4:30 pm, Fulton Recital Hall:
    Tea Time Concert Series, Piano Showcase

WINTER 2016

  • Saturday, January 23 at 4:00 pm, Fulton Recital Hall:
    Bach Project
  • Thursday, February 11 at 4:30 pm, Fulton Recital Hall:
    Tea Time Concert Series, Piano Showcase
  • Tuesday, February 23 at 6:00 pm, Fulton Recital Hall:
    Concerto Party

SPRING 2016

  • Thursday, May 5 at 4:30 pm, Fulton Recital Hall:
    Tea Time Concert Series, Piano Showcase
  • Saturday, May 21 at 4:00 pm, Fulton Recital Hall:
    Piano Program Spring Concert
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Vocal Studies Program  •  Patrice Michaels, Director

In addition to the four choral ensembles sponsored by the Department of Music, the Vocal Studies Program provides additional opportunities for singers’ involvement and musical growth.  Under the direction of acclaimed soprano and pedagogue 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 of Music graduate and undergraduate composers on new works.

2015 - 2016 Vocal Studies Program Event Schedule

AUTUMN 2015

  • Saturday, October 10, 2:00 - 3:30pm, Logan Penthouse:
    Master Class: Practice Colloquium, lead by Patrice Michaels
  • Tuesday, October 27, 5:30 - 7:00pm, Logan 803:
    Studio classes with Patrice Michaels
  • Thursday, November 5, 4:30 - 5:15pm, Fulton Recital Hall:
    Tea Time Concert Series

WINTER 2016

  • Tuesday, January 12, 5:30 - 7:00pm, Logan 803:
    Studio classes with Patrice Michaels
  • Sunday, February 7, 3:00pm, Montgomery Place:
    Community Run-Out at Montgomery Place
  • Saturday, February 13, 2:00 - 4:00pm, Logan Penthouse:
    Master Class: Songs of Schubert, lead by Shannon McGinnis and Nicholas Phan
    Master clinicians Shannon McGinnis, piano, and Nicholas Phan, tenor, co-founders of Collaborative Arts Institute of Chicago (CAIC) will lead a master class on the songs of Schubert. Students in the University of Chicago Vocal Studies program will perform and receive guidance on solo repertoire of this early romantic master, in collaboration with pianist Kevin Ren, '18. Audience members are welcome and encouraged to attend this two hour exploration in lyric artistry.  Light reception will follow. Free and open to the public.
  • Thursday, February 25, 4:30 - 5:15pm, Fulton Recital Hall:
    Tea Time Concert Series

SPRING 2016

  • Tuesday, April 5, 5:30 - 7:00pm, Logan 803:
    Studio classes with Patrice Michaels
  • Saturday, May 7, 2:00 - 4:00pm, Fulton Recital Hall:
    Master Class: Principles of Body Mapping & Alexander Technique, lead by Mary-Jean Allen
    Improve physical alignment, breathing, tone quality and expression in this interactive and fun workshop.  Bring a yoga mat or towel and wear comfortable clothing. Free and open to UChicago students. 
  • Tuesday, May 10, 5:30 - 7:00pm, Logan 803:
    Studio classes with Patrice Michaels
  • Thursday, May 12, 4:30 - 5:15pm, Fulton Recital Hall:
    Tea Time Concert Series
  • Saturday, May 14, 1:00 - 2:30, Logan Penthouse:
    Special Concert: Chamber Music for the Voice
  • Saturday, May 21, 1:30 - 3:00pm, Fulton Recital Hall:
    Special Concert: Laying Down the Law
    Patrice Michaels, soprano
  • Friday, June 10, 4:00 - 5:00pm, Fulton Retical Hall:
    Special Concert: Senior Capstone Recital
    Michael Modak-Truran, baritone