The study and
performance of chamber music is a central part of the Tanglewood
Music Center curriculum.
"The chamber music program provides intense encounters with intimate genres. The faculty stresses deep listening skills and active communication in repertoire ranging from masterworks to rarities, from the earliest styles to works just written." -Norman Fischer, Head of Chamber Music
TMC chamber music concerts occur every Sunday morning and Saturday evening, with additional concerts often scheduled on other nights. Every TMC Fellow will participate in substantial chamber music projects during the course of the summer. All applicants should be aware of the TMC's considerable emphasis on contemporary music, which is featured prominently in chamber music recitals throughout the summer and particularly during the world-renowned Festival of Contemporary Music.
At the start of the summer, several different small-ensemble projects allow the various sections of the orchestra to become comfortable working together.
THE JUILLIARD STRING QUARTET
All violinists, violists, and cellists will begin their summer with the intensive 8-day String Quartet Seminar, an intensive workshop that explores this repertoire from Haydn through the 20th century, led by current and former members of the Juilliard String Quartet, as well as TMC resident faculty member and Concord String Quartet alumnus Norman Fischer. Participants concentrate exclusively on the study of pre-assigned quartets during this period; master-classes are held throughout the seminar. A marathon concert takes place at the end of the seminar.
Brass and percussion players participate in an annual brass and percussion ensemble concert, including a newly commissioned work for brass. Woodwind players participate in repertoire readings and music for wind ensembles such as divertimenti and serenades, including a newly commissioned work for woodwinds. Double bass players work in ensembles and repertoire readings together.