Chamber Music

Music 3701
The Performance of Chamber Wind Music: The Classical-Era Wind Octet with Double Bass

Offered fall 2018
James Spinazzola, coach
2 credits

This coached chamber music course emphasizes rehearsal skills, leadership, and collaborative methods; familiarization with the repertory; musical analysis through performance; and developing a historically informed, musically unified, interpretation.
Students meet weekly for three one-hour sessions: twice with the instructor, and once alone. (Meeting times will be determined at the outset of the semester.) They also participate in masterclasses with guest artists and/or Music Department faculty. These classes will present general topics, concepts specific to performance practice, and traditional performance-based instruction. The course includes two recitals featuring music prepared throughout the semester.
Enrollment is limited to nine players: pairs of oboes, clarinets, bassoons, and horns; and double bass. Admission is by permission only, and auditions will be held during the first two days of the fall semester.  Audition sign-up form and musical excerpts will be posted on this page on July 1. For additional information contact jms862 {at} cornell(.)edu. Students are strongly encouraged to supplement the course with individual instruction on their instrument. 

Our Mission

CU Winds unites student musicians in an ensemble dedicated to the study and performance of emerging and traditional wind repertoire. We explore music making as a vehicle for cross-cultural exchange and collaboration, and in doing so support Cornell's core values of public engagement and global awareness.