Central to a world-class education in music performance is participation in chamber music, which provides opportunities for smaller, more intimate performance ensembles. At Lamont, you will have the freedom to explore all possibilities of chamber music and create a diverse combination of instrumental and vocal ensembles. All BM and MM students are required to participate in at least one chamber music ensemble per quarter.
Guitar Chamber Ensembles
Jonathan Leathwood, Director
Strong ensemble skills are essential to today's professional guitarist. Our guitar students participate in at least two ensembles every quarter, and each ensemble receives a weekly individual coaching — a level of attention rarely encountered in other guitar programs.
Ensembles vary in size from duos to octets, and we especially emphasize collaboration with singers and other instrumentalists. The course covers music from the Renaissance to the present day, and students have the opportunity to research repertoire and to perform their own compositions and arrangements.
Ensembles perform in guitar ensemble concerts, held at the end of each quarter in Hamilton Recital Hall.
Lamont Percussion Ensemble
John Kinzie, Director
The Lamont Percussion Ensemble performs four concerts per academic year, one each quarter plus a ragtime concert as the Lamont Ragtime Ensemble. We perform both traditional percussion ensemble music that has been important throughout the formation of percussion literature, as well as music from today's important composers, which includes commissions specifically written for our group. Our students have performed alongside today's leaders in percussion, including Third Coast Percussion, So Percussion and Gwendolyn Burgett Thrasher.
String Chamber Ensembles
All String Faculty coach a chamber ensemble.