Southeast has an active string chamber music program with multiple small ensembles operating simultaneously. String Quartets, Trios, and Quintets all get weekly coaching sessions with string faculty and also rehearse independently. Recent projects include the Max Bruch Octet, Antonin Dvorak’s “American” String quartet, and Schubert’s “Death and the maiden” as well as quartets by Beethoven, Haydn, Mozart, and trios by Dohnanyi, Reger, Mozart, and Pleyel. String ensembles perform each semester and in addition are often called on for outside performances and paying gigs in the area. Chamber music is open to both music majors and minors. Ensembles rehearse independently and are then coached by Dr. Brandon Christensen or other department faculty as appropriate for each group.
Southeast’s focus on chamber music is exemplified by the “Sundays at Three” concert series and exemplary students are often invited to perform with visiting guests and faculty on this professional series. For more information on string chamber music at Southeast, contact Brandon Christensen.
For further information on string/orchestral opportunities at Southeast, please feel free to call Dr. Sara Edgerton, Associate Professor of Cello and String Bass and Director of the University Symphony Orchestra at (573) 651-2140.