Small Ensembles Program

Beyond its orchestra program, the Norwalk Youth Symphony also encourages interested musicians to perform chamber music. This type of performance gives students the opportunity to give voice to their individual artistic expression while at the same time working in a cooperative group environment. New this season Chamber Music Central will coordinate the small ensemble program. Sunday rehearsals at City Hall will still be offered. Please visit CMC’s website, chambermusiccentral.org, to register for a Small Ensemble.

Beyond its orchestra program, the Norwalk Youth Symphony also encourages interested musicians to perform chamber music. This type of performance gives students the opportunity to give voice to their individual artistic expression while at the same time working in a cooperative group environment.

Chamber Music Central will coordinate the small ensemble program. Please visit CMC’s website to register for the Small Ensembles Program.

Open to all NYS students and other young musicians in the area, this fun and challenging environment fosters self-confidence and the art of small ensemble playing during weekly coachings with professional musicians. Chamber groups include brass quintets, woodwind quintets, string quartets, trios, and other types of ensembles.

The goals of the program are to allow participants to:

  • experience the enjoyment of playing with a small group of friends and/or acquaintances;
  • develop the social/emotional aspect of group playing by learning to exhibit responsibility and sensitivity to the needs of other players;
  • develop the finer skills of intonation, interpretation and listening to one another;
  • achieve musical growth through the exploration and performance of the classical chamber music repertoire.

The program is a great way to meet new friends and spend time with old friends.

Chamber music teaches us how to listen to each other. Every single part is important so you become the leader or soloist of your section. You must learn to communicate with other musicians, and at times learn to make concessions to other musicians. These skills will serve you well through all your music making.

Darwin Shen
Small Ensemble Coach

Most coachings are held every Sunday alongside orchestra rehearsals, though some groups do rehearse during the week at mutually agreeable times. Students perform with their chamber ensembles for arriving guests at all three Norwalk Youth Symphony concerts and two chamber music recitals, as well other special events throughout the year. 

 

 

Sample Repertoire