Chamber

Chamber music is a vital part of the Cali School curriculum. We offer a wide variety of opportunities, ranging from the Collegium Musicum, which performs music from the Middle Ages though the 18th century, to ensembles performing contemporary and newly composed works. Ensembles are formed by the faculty following auditions that determine students' interests and abilities. Students may also have the opportunity to perform with faculty in concert. Recent joint student and faculty concerts have included performances of William Walton’s Façade: An Entertainment; John Harbison’s Wind Quintet (commissioned and premiered by emeritus professor David Singer; and Milhaud’s The Creation of the World: Chaos, Man and Woman Created, Desire, and Kiss.


Collegium Musicum

Collegium Musicum, directed by Hsuan-Wen Chen, performs solo and ensemble works for instruments and voice from the pre-19th century repertoire. It also performs later works related to the earlier styles. Its diverse programs have included: The Love Feast - Music from Early American Religious Societies, works from the Ephrata Cloister, Shakers, Moravian Brethren, Harmony Society, and the shaped-note tradition; Spain and New Spain 1550-1750, with works from Europe and the Americas; Monteverdi's Orfeo; magic scenes from Purcell’s The Fairy Queen and King Arthur; "Vanity of Vanities” - Rome 1650, works by Carissimi, Storace, Pasquini, Froberger, and Marini, music of Charpentier and the French baroque; Italian Influences in German Music, 1600-1650 including works of Böhm and Schütz; The British Orpheus: Music of Henry Purcell and the English 17th Century; “Love, the sweet pain of my heart”: Music of Handel in Italy; and Baroque Music of Italy and Spain.


Graduate String Residency Program

Heimat Quartet
Aubrey Holmes, violin
Patrick Shaughnessy, violin
Brendan Phelps, cello
Christine Sherlock, viola
Heimat Quartet Website

The Heimat Quartet is the Cali School Graduate String Quartet-in-Residence for 2017-2019. The Heimat String Quartet was founded during the fall of 2014 in Boston, MA. All avid chamber musicians, each player brings a wide array of experience and renewed energy to both the music and the group. In 2015, the quartet was selected as the graduate string quartet-in- residence at Kent State University where they have just completed their studies with the Miami String Quartet. Notable engagements have included performances and master classes at the College of New Jersey, Mercer College, Duke University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Dickinson College, and participation in the Juilliard String Quartet Seminar. The Heimat Quartet were the 2016 featured young artists for the 34th season of Music from the Western Reserve. In addition to performing, many of the members held teaching positions in the greater Cleveland area where they were also the string quartet-in-residence at Western Reserve Academy in Hudson, Ohio. This summer the quartet will participate in the Mimir Chamber Music Festival held annually in Fort Worth, TX. They were the faculty string quartet-in-residence at Interlochen Center for the Arts (summer 2017) and participants in the Mendelssohn Festival (Hamburg, Germany).

The Cali School Graduate String Quartet Fellowship supports an established quartet for two academic years with full tuition plus plus $7,000 per year stipend for its members. Fellows earn an Artist's Diploma and participate in:

  • lessons and coaching with the Shanghai Quartet
  • performance at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall
  • extensive additional performing experiences in the tri-state area and New York City
  • master classes and seminars with visiting guest artists
  • career advice
  • possible additional professional work

For more information, contact Anthony Mazzocchi: mazzocchia@montclair.edu