Specialist in Music in Chamber Music
The application deadline for most 2023-24 programs was December 1. See the Graduate Admissions page for specific degree application deadlines.
Designed for pre-formed groups of any instrumentation at the early stages of their professional career. Applicants must possess a master’s degree in performance or its equivalent, along with substantial experience performing solo and ensemble repertoire.
The Specialist in Music in Chamber Music requires a minimum of 30 credits. Coursework to include: minimum 8 credits chosen from among the following courses: Piano Chamber Music, Woodwind Small Ensemble, Brass Small Ensemble, String Quartet, Mixed Chamber Music, Chamber Music minimum 8 credits of Performance 639 and/or 640 minimum 8 credits chosen from among the following courses: Chamber Arts Collective, Early Music Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, Vocal Chamber Music, Digital Music Ensemble, Electronic Chamber Music, CDE, CAO, Small Jazz Ensemble minimum 6 credits of other SMTD courses as electives
Final Project final projects: Two full ensemble chamber music performances (minimum 70 min. of music each) featuring a variety of chamber music showing programmatic & stylistic depth & breadth. Each performance must include at least two complete works, and both performances must include written and/or spoken program notes.
One performance must include at least one world premiere or alternative approved by the Chair of Chamber Music
One performance must include at least one significant collaborative work (minimum 15 min.) with a medium outside the ensemble’s focus (e.g. dance, theatre, PAT, visual art, etc.) approved by the Chair of Chamber Music
SMTD offers a wide variety of courses across all disciplines.
Degree requirements and term-by-term layout for current students.
Marcus Elliot Miller
Edward W. Sarath
The thriving chamber music scene at SMTD offers students nearly limitless options to perform, innovate, and collaborate in small, self-driven, and diverse ensembles.
- Small ensembles from the traditional to the new.
- Mixed ensembles including any combination of strings, winds, piano, percussion, and voice
ensembles studying different styles: roots music, improvisation, commissions, and more.
- Chamber Arts Ensemble, an advanced course providing a nose-to-tail experience of putting on mixed media events.
Launched in 2014, with guest judges selecting winners from groups representing the breadth of SMTD’s chamber music offerings, the Briggs Competition is open to any instrumentation/voice types in unconducted groups of 3-10 members. Every member of an entering group must be enrolled at the University of Michigan in the winter semester of the competition.