Chamber music is a vital part of the Cali School curriculum. We offer a wide variety of opportunities, ranging from the Collegium Musicum, which performs music from the Middle Ages though the 18th century, to ensembles performing contemporary and newly composed works. Ensembles are formed by the faculty following auditions that determine students' interests and abilities. Students may also have the opportunity to perform with faculty in concert. Recent joint student and faculty concerts have included performances of William Walton’s Façade: An Entertainment; John Harbison’s Wind Quintet (commissioned and premiered by emeritus professor David Singer; and Milhaud’s The Creation of the World: Chaos, Man and Woman Created, Desire, and Kiss.
Collegium Musicum, directed by Jeffrey Gall, performs solo and ensemble works for instruments and voice from the pre-19th century repertoire. It also performs later works related to the earlier styles. Its diverse programs have included: The Love Feast - Music from Early American Religious Societies, works from the Ephrata Cloister, Shakers, Moravian Brethren, Harmony Society, and the shaped-note tradition; Spain and New Spain 1550-1750, with works from Europe and the Americas; Monteverdi's Orfeo; magic scenes from Purcell’s The Fairy Queen and King Arthur; "Vanity of Vanities” - Rome 1650, works by Carissimi, Storace, Pasquini, Froberger, and Marini, music of Charpentier and the French baroque, and Italian Influences in German Music, 1600-1650 including works of Böhm and Schütz. In December 2012 they performed a program titled The British Orpheus: Music of Henry Purcell and the English 17th Century.
Graduate String Quartet Fellowship
• extensive lessons and coaching with the Shanghai String Quartet
• master classes and seminars with visiting guest artists
• extensive performing experience in major NYC venues and beyond
• assistance in developing artistic and business-related aspects for a successful quartet career
• additional professional work