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Learning to play chamber music is one of life’s greatest joys. It teaches essential musical skills, interactivity, and communication. Chamber music requires teamwork and illustrates the power of collaboration. It is a multi-tasking endeavor par excellence, and develops student’s abilities to simultaneously play, listen, process, problem-solve and respond in real time.

Playing chamber music is a lot like being part of a basketball team on a fast break; a player has to intuit his or her relation to teammates and be able to adjust responses in an instant, all while being in control of their own play. Ultimately, chamber music study is training in life skills, helping the player to “read the room” and to respond accordingly. 

Chamber music at RSC provides students with the opportunity to rehearse and perform in groups of 2 – 4 players, including string, piano, woodwind, brass, voice and percussion. Students are carefully placed in compatible groups and receive one hour of coaching each week with an experienced RSC faculty member.

Chamber music performance opportunities include chamber music concerts each semester and Friday night recitals throughout the year. Included in the tuition are also opportunities to play in master classes, workshops, and special events.

Ironically, the most famous and effective chamber music exercise and practice technique is for players to be in the four corners of the room facing away from each other. During the academic year of 2020-2021, extraordinary care will be taken by RSC administration, faculty, and staff to ensure the safety of all student and faculty participants. The Rivers School Conservatory will take all necessary safety precautions, following the guidance of public health authorities.

These precautions may include the requirement to wear masks (with special zip masks for wind and brass players), rehearsal placement in a large room with maximal social distancing, and the possibility of some or all chamber music activities being transitioned to online instruction. Additionally, the status of wind, brass and vocal chamber music will remain tentative until The Rivers School Conservatory can satisfy itself and public health authorities of the safety of the health precautions is has established. We will keep all chamber music students and families informed of necessary safety measures and/or changes to the program in a timely manner as the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve.

We anticipate a wonderful chamber music program this coming year, and we look forward to receiving your applications and video recordings!

If you have any questions about the program or application, please contact Bruce Coppock @ b.coppock@rivers.org or 781-235-6840. 

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