You’ve been steadily making progress in your lessons, love classical music, and are ready to try a different outlet for playing your instrument. Why not join a chamber ensemble right here at Powers?
The repertoire you’ll work on includes some of the most beautiful pieces in the classical genre (although we sometimes borrow arrangements from other genres as well). The music is challenging enough to keep you interested and motivated, and will help you develop skills you may not get in a large orchestra or as a soloist.
Think of our ensembles as teams of students working together toward a common goal. You’ll think and talk about the piece together, and have a say in how to make the music sound its best. You’ll develop a solid sense of rhythm, impulse, intonation, and intuition. You’ll learn about cueing, listening, communication, and eye contact, and you’ll deepen your understanding of how to be a key player in a group (especially if you play piano!).
Chamber ensembles are open to strings, woodwinds, brass, and piano, and can be as small as 2 students or as large as 9 musicians! Chamber music is sometimes called “the music of friends” – the more intimate setting created by a chamber ensemble often leads ensemble members to become close and stick together throughout many years.
You’ll generally meet for an hour each week with a coach who helps guide each practice session. The schedule is determined by coach and student availability to fit in the schedules of even the busiest music students.
Private lesson teachers – why recommend a chamber ensemble to your students?
Ensembles can become an essential part of your students’ overall musical development. They allow a student to take ownership of their part, to understand how it fits into the context of a group with other instruments, and to think critically and make their own musical decisions. In general, an ensemble helps everyone’s skill level to rise. It also provides you as the teacher with an opportunity to coach and teach in a different kind of setting.
Placement Auditions for the 2021-2022 Season!
We’re holding placement auditions for ensembles and the Powers Youth Orchestra in-person and by video submission. Current ensemble and orchestra students planning to continue in the same group or level need not audition again.
Audition Dates / Options:
- May 16
- June 25
- Online (submit a YouTube video)
Audition process for new ensemble / orchestra students:
Please read our audition requirements below to prepare for your audition. Submit an audition form here. If you are auditioning online, please be sure to include a link to your audition video on YouTube:
Once we have received your audition form, a staff member will contact you to notify you about your audition time (if in-person) or about acceptance and placement (if auditioning online).
Onsite & Video Audition Requirements:
- A couple scales of the student’s choice
- Two contrasting pieces of your choice
You will be notified of placement shortly after your audition. Once accepted and placed into an ensemble, please contact our Registrar at 617-484-5750 to complete and submit your registration and tuition payment within two weeks. Your payment will include the $20 fall semester registration fee and full tuition for the ensemble program you were placed in, unless a payment plan has been arranged. For those auditioning after the fiscal year has begun, tuition will be prorated.