Master of Music in Chamber Music: Strings

Department of Chamber Music, Department of Strings

Designed for students seeking specialized education in the instrumental techniques, communication methods, and career/life skills needed for a chamber music career. Applicants must possess a bachelor’s degree in performance or its equivalent, along with substantial solo and ensemble repertoire.


The Master’s of Music in Chamber Music: Strings requires a minimum of 30 credits. Coursework to include:

  • minimum 8 credits of major instrument
  • minimum 8 credits of non-performance music courses
  • minimum 4 credits String Quartet (violin, viola, cello)
  • minimum 4 credits chosen from the following courses: Piano Chamber Music, Early Music Ensemble, Mixed Chamber Music, Chamber Music, Chamber Arts Collective, Vocal Chamber Music, Digital Music Ensemble, Electronic Chamber Music, Contemporary Directions Ensemble, Creative Arts Orchestra, Small Jazz Ensemble (double bass completes 8 credits from these courses)
Final Project

Chamber music performance (minimum 60 min. of music): performance should include a variety of chamber music showing programmatic and stylistic depth and breadth including

  • no more than one significant collaborative work for the student’s major instrument + piano
  • at least two complete works
  • at least one world premiere or alternative approved by the Chair of Chamber Music

Students may elect to pursue a double-major in Chamber Music & Performance, which may be completed in two years.

Audition & Interview Dates

For requirement details, please see the Degree Requirements and Term-by-Term Layout for Current Students.

How To Apply

Applicants must:

  • Apply to U-M via the SMTD Graduate Application by December 1
  • Submit an SMTD Artistic Profile by December 1 for a live audition
  • Have all supplemental materials sent to SMTD

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Chamber Music

Matt Albert Chair, violin/viola
Amy I-Lin Cheng piano
Joseph Gascho early music
David Jackson trombone
William King winds
Kathryn Votapek, violin


David Halen Chair, violin
Richard Aaron cello
Danielle Belen violin
Aaron Berofsky, violin
Caroline Coade viola
Kristin Docter, viola (visiting)
Amir Eldan cello
Joan Raeburn Holland harp
Fabiola Kim, violin
Yizhak Schotten viola
Nicholas Walker, bass