Chamber Groups

A Conversation
Among Friends

Karl Lavine, Director

WYSO’s Chamber Music Program is designed for members who want to learn more about chamber music and perform in a small group setting. Chamber Music is often called “a conversation among friends” as the repertoire includes specific music written for each instrument. In a good conversation among friends, you can hear each distinct voice and must listen closely to each other. This is also true of chamber music.

Some common types of chamber music groups are:

  • String quartet (two violins, viola, cello)
  • Woodwind quintet (flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn)
  • Piano trio (violin, cello, piano)

This program is open to WYSO members as well as student musicians in the community. Members in Sinfonietta, Concert, Philharmonia, and Youth Orchestras and their community equivalents are all invited to participate in the WYSO Chamber Music Program. Non-WYSO students (or those applying on a non-orchestra instrument such as piano) are required to submit video recordings to aid in chamber group placements.

Students can request specific group members (a pre-formed group) or be assigned to a group with others who have registered for the program. After a group is formed, a coach is assigned. Coaches are professional musicians, music teachers, and graduate music students from the UW-Madison Mead Witter School of Music.

Registration & Tuition

The Chamber Music Program is open to WYSO members as well student musicians in the community. Students can request specific group members (a pre-formed group) or be assigned to a group with others who have registered for the program. A tuition fee of $275 for the year is charged for all participants and scholarships are available.

A recorded video is required as part of the application to aid placement in groups.

Register here for the 2020-21 WYSO Chamber Music Program beginning July 1.

Click here for scholarship information.

Lalita Honors Woodwind Quintet

The Lalita Honors Woodwind Quintet is a scholarship ensemble that includes one position each for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Horn, and Bassoon. Selection for participation is based on position openings, which vary season to season depending on musician turnover.

This is an extraordinary addition to the WYSO Chamber Music Program and a wonderful opportunity for a few accomplished woodwind musicians. WYSO is most grateful to Deepika and Rajaraman Rajesh for generously endowing this ensemble. The Lalita Honors Woodwind Quintet is named in honor of Rajaraman’s mother who was a woodwind enthusiast.

LALITA HONORS WOODWIND QUINTET BENEFITS

  • Free tuition
  • Weekly coachings with Music Director Kyle Knox
  • Exploration of the vast woodwind quintet repertoire
  • Work with guest artists
  • Preparation for competitions
  • Multiple performance opportunities throughout the season, including a dedicated recital by the quintet.

21-22 AUDITIONS
In this intensive chamber music experience, it is expected that the quintet will rehearse independently and with the coach. Only Youth Orchestra members may apply. 2021-22 season auditions will take place no later than mid-September. Audition material will be five minutes of a solo work of the applicant’s choice, as well as a short interview with the Music Director.

Interested Youth Orchestra musicians should contact wyso@wysomusic.org to schedule an audition.

Woodwind Screen Capture

Honors String Quartet

The Honors String Quartet will provide educational and performance experience for current or incoming Youth Orchestra members. Participation will be by audition as an individual or as a pre-formed quartet. In addition to weekly coaching and rehearsals, the program will feature coaching with some of the finest chamber musicians and pedagogues in the Midwest.

This program is generously sponsored by Cyrena and Lee Pondrom.

HONORS STRING QUARTET BENEFITS
• FREE Tuition
• 30 coaching services per year
• Supervised as well as independent quartet rehearsals

PERFORMANCE OPPORTUNITIES
• Full recital program each year
• Community events
• Wisconsin Public Radio
• WYSO board meetings
• Fundraising
• Performances on Bi-Annual International tour

MENTORSHIP PROGRAM
Develop rehearsal strategies and communication skills to work with younger string players from Sinfonietta and Concert Orchestras

COACHING
Under the direction of the Chamber Program Music Director, Karl Lavine, the quartet will also have the opportunity to work with the Music Director Kyle Knox as well as members of: Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Madison Symphony, Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, Northwestern University, UW Madison faculty, Indiana University

COMPETITIONS
Preparation for Local and Regional Competitions

AUDITIONS
WYSO is currently accepting applications for members of the Honors String Quartet. The Application Deadline is September 1, 2021.
Please prepare a solo of your choice (2-3 minutes) and the following excerpts for your instrument. 

Violin Excerpt       Viola Excerpt       Cello Excerpt

Auditions and interviews will be held in-person on September 11.

FOR MORE INFORMATION
Contact Chamber Program Music Director, Karl Lavine. Email: karllavine@gmail.com Phone: (608) 239-4131