Specialist in Music in Chamber Music

Department of Chamber Music, Department of Strings

Designed for pre-formed groups at the early stages of their professional career. Applicants must possess a master’s degree in music or its equivalent, along with substantial 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

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
  • 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
  • Both performances must include program notes: written, spoken, or both

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

Winds & Percussion
Daniel Gilbert Chair, clarinet
Kwasi Ampene world percussion
Ian Antonio percussion
Chad Burrow clarinet
Michael Gould percussion
David Lee Jackson trombone
Nancy Ambrose King oboe
William King chamber music
Jeffrey Lyman bassoon
Timothy McAllister saxophone
Doug Perkins percussion
Amy Porter flute
Robert Sullivan trumpet
Adam Unsworth horn
Nancy Zeltsman, Guest Artist percussion
David Zerkel tuba & euphonium

Winds & Percussion Associated Faculty
Jeremy Epp percussion
Bryan Kennedy horn
Tom Sherwood percussion