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

Collegium Musicum, directed by Hsuan-Wen Chen, 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; Italian Influences in German Music, 1600-1650 including works of Böhm and Schütz; The British Orpheus: Music of Henry Purcell and the English 17th Century; “Love, the sweet pain of my heart”: Music of Handel in Italy; and Baroque Music of Italy and Spain.

Cali School Quartet Fellowship

Julius Quartet
From left:
John Batchelder, viola
Hyun Jeong Helen Lee, violin
Byron Hogan, cello
David Do, violin
Julius Quartet Website

The Julius Quartet is the Cali School String Quartet-in-Residence for 2015-2017. Established in 2012 in Boston, the Julius Quartet not only concertizes in the New England area, but also engages in outreach opportunities and community events. The quartet has performed recitals at the Boston Conservatory, Rockport Music, the Museum of Fine Arts, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and the Massachusetts State House. They were featured in the Music from Salem festival, where they performed with artists Rhonda Rider, Lila Brown and Judith Gordon. They were called a “captivating young string quartet” by The Bennington Banner after performing at the Bennington festival. At the Boston Conservatory they participated in the prestigious String Masters Series and were featured in the Contemporary Music Festivals where they collaborated with composer Louis Andriessen and with clarinetist Michael Norsworthy. In the spring of 2014, the Julius Quartet completed a tour of Tampa, Florida as guest artists at the University of South Florida and gave masterclasses to the numerous youth orchestras and ensembles in the area. They have participated in the prestigious Chamber Music Residency program at the BANFF Centre, the Worcester Chamber Music Society Summer Festival and The Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music. In addition to performing, they worked with “Bridging the Gap”, a program for youth at risk associated with the Salvation Army. There, the group interacted with kids of various ages, teaching them to use musical improvisation as a way to discover their individual voice.

The Cali School Graduate String Quartet Fellowship supports an established quartet for two academic years with full tuition plus plus $7,000 per year stipend for its members. Fellows earn an Artist's Diploma and participate in:

  • lessons and coaching with the Shanghai Quartet
  • performance at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall
  • extensive additional performing experiences in the tri-state area and New York City
  • master classes and seminars with visiting guest artists
  • career advice
  • possible additional professional work

For more information about the two-year fellowship beginning in September 2017, contact Anthony Mazzocchi:

Graduate String Quartet Fellowship 2017