The University of Chicago Department of Music is home to world-class ensembles-in-residence who present public concerts at the University and provide coaching and individual instruction to students in the department's performing ensembles and programs. Learn more about the Don Michael Randel Ensemble-in-Residence

Pacifica Quartet photo_credit Lisa-Marie Mazzucco

Pacifica Quartet

Ensemble-in-Residence, 2023-24

With a career spanning nearly three decades, the Pacifica Quartet has achieved international recognition as one of the finest chamber ensembles performing today and has established itself as the embodiment of the senior American quartet sound. The Quartet is known for its virtuosity, exuberant performance style, and often daring repertory choices. Having served as quartet-in-residence at Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music for the past decade, the Quartet also leads the Center for Advanced Quartet Studies at the Aspen Music Festival and School and was previously the quartet-in-residence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Pacifica Quartet will visit the University three times for weeklong residencies during the University’s autumn, winter, and spring academic quarters. The ensemble will present three public concerts while in residence, along with participating in interdisciplinary panels and discussions, visiting music classes, leading workshops with Department of Music ensembles, and engaging with school and community music programs in the city.

New Budapest Orpheum Society

New Budapest Orpheum Society

Ensemble-in-Residence in the Division of Humanities

The New Budapest Orpheum Society presents 1-2 concerts each year, drawing upon a wide range of repertories, many forgotten, others preserved in European archives, all poignantly bearing witness to the great tradition of Jewish cabaret.