Chamber Music

Karl Lavine, Director

WYSO’s Chamber Music Program is designed for members who want to learn more about chamber music and perform in a small group setting. Some popular types of chamber music groups are:

  • String quartet (two violins, viola, cello)
  • Woodwind quintet (flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn)
  • Piano trio (violin, cello, piano)

Members can request their own group members or be assigned to a group with other members who register for the program. After a group is formed, a coach is assigned. Coaches may be professional musicians, music teachers, or music students from the UW-Madison School of Music. This program is strongly encouraged for all members and non-members. An additional tuition fee of $250 is charged to participants per year. Contact the WYSO office or view the application for more information.

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2018-2019 Chamber Calendar


Saturday, April 6, 2019, 7:00 pm, Oakwood West

Tuesday, April 9, 2019, 7:00 pm, Capitol Lakes

Saturday, April 13, 2019, 4:30 pm, Oakwood West

Each ensemble will perform on ONE recital each semester.

Chamber Ambassadors

Youth and Philharmonia players learn standard quartet repertoire and perform as background or featured musicians at community functions. Members do not have to be in the Chamber Program to be an Ambassador.

Chamber coaches

WYSO provides a coach for each ensemble within the Chamber Music Program. All chamber coaches are professional musicians, music teachers or University of Wisconsin-Madison music students who assist their assigned group with:

  • Exploring musical repertoire outside of the orchestral setting
  • Becoming more proficient on their instruments
  • Learning teamwork in a small group
  • Setting goals for rehearsals and performances

Chamber Camp 2019

WYSO members and non-members alike are invited to join us for our fourth annual Chamber Music Camp. Official dates and a location will be announced in early 2019.

More info can be found here: Chamber Music Camp

Chamber Program Sponsors

The WYSO chamber program is generously sponsored by:

  • Cyrena & Lee Pondrom
  • Ann Lindsey & Chuck Snowdon
  • Martha & Charles Casey
  • Nicholas & Judith Topitzes
  • Stephen Morton

Recent Chamber Recital Videos

December 8, 2018 at Oakwood West

December 13, 2018 at Capitol Lakes

December 15, 2018 at Oakwood West

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