Performing chamber music at a high level is an essential part of becoming a professional musician. Few experiences can be as satisfying as studying and performing chamber music in a serious group with extraordinary coaches as one prepares to be a professional musician.
Chamber Music is an important part of all music-majors education at Virginia Tech. Though small ensembles represent only a small part of most music degrees at any institution, many of our students find themselves participating in chamber music groups throughout the course of their degrees.
Groups meet regularly and are coached by faculty with exceptional experience as professional performers in chamber music groups.
The chamber music program is flexible in order to allow students to explore different repertoire and instrumentation. Frequently groups include brass, woodwinds, strings, and voice in various combinations both in standard and non-standard combinations.
The Elemental Winds has been a fixture at Virginia Tech since 2011. This student woodwind quintet regularly performs a variety of repertoire both in Blacksburg and beyond. Since their inception the group has had the opportunity to work with several eminent guest chamber music groups including the Imani Winds and Langley Winds.
The Natural Grooves is a saxophone quartet that began in 2010 when four music education members decided they needed a serious chamber music group. Throughout their four years at Virginia Tech the group played numerous concerts including performances at the 2012 ACC Undergraduate Research Conference, the College Quartet Series for the 2013 International Saxophone Symposium as well as numerous concerts in Blacksburg.
The Apollo Quintet is an example of a student ensemble that performs regularly in recitals and for functions in the Blacksburg area.