Chamber Music Ensemble Furman University

Hartness and Gladden string quartets

Endowed by the Hartness and Gladden families, these elite ensembles study the art of collaborative chamber music performance. Each string ensemble performs two formal recitals annually and are often heard at premier Furman events. Paid a stipend to participate, members book their own gigs at events like weddings and church services. The quartets rehearse and perform under the guidance of a string division faculty member.

Bergman saxophone quartet

Thanks to a bequest from local saxophonist and Furman supporter Al Bergman, this ensemble studies the art of collaborative chamber music under the guidance of saxophone and jazz studies professor Matt Olson. Paid a stipend for participation, members are selected by competitive audition and perform both on campus and at community events.

Jazz Combos

Offering a more intimate exploration into the jazz experience, these varied groups are fertile ground for student composition and special arrangements of jazz standards. Members of the jazz faculty guide students as they study, select, rehearse, and perform in various campus and community venues. Membership is set by audition. 

Harp

Uniquely active, vibrant and engaged, members of Furman’s harp studio perform with the Furman Symphony Orchestra and the wind ensemble as repertoire dictates. The group is heard at many campus and community events. Under the tutelage of faculty member Anita Burroughs-Price, students collaborate for duets, trios and quartets. All members of the harp studio participate.

Brass

Trumpet choir, low brass choir, horn ensemble, tuba quartet, trombone ensemble and the standard brass quintet are a few of the varied options for our talented brass students. Guided by the brass faculty, students explore chamber music tuned to their specific skills and musical growth. Membership is selected by the faculty.

Woodwinds

More than a standard woodwind quintet, faculty introduce students to the next level of their musical growth through advanced collaborative studies. Membership is selected by faculty and instrumentation varies in size and type based on repertoire and student skill. Brass players are added as needed.

Percussion

From large multi-percussion ensembles to more delicate groupings, faculty member Omar Carmenates offers total submersion into all aspects and possibilities of the percussive world. Membership is open to music students from other performance areas. The ensembles rehearse in the evening and perform several times during the year on and off campus.

Collaborative piano

In addition to private study with outstanding faculty members, students gain performing experience through weekly music department recitals, keyboard area and studio classes, degree recitals, numerous and varied accompanying and chamber music opportunities, concerto concerts, ensemble concerts, and much more.

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