Chamber Music

Chamber music is a vital part of study and performance at Manhattan School of Music. Almost every classical instrumentalist is required to take part in chamber music at some point in each degree program.

Over 100 chamber ensembles ranging from duos to octets are formed each semester. The chamber music faculty includes many of the School’s most experienced chamber musicians, including current or former members of the American, Brentano, Juilliard, Mendelssohn, Orion and Tokyo string quartets, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, among others. Our resident ensembles, American String Quartet and Windscape, also coach and give seasonal performances. Master classes given by distinguished artists are available to chamber groups by audition or nomination from the chamber music faculty.

In addition to more traditional ensembles, Baroque Aria Ensemble is offered in fulfillment of one semester of instrumental chamber music. Pianists may earn chamber music credit from participation in standard chamber groups, two-piano teams, instrumental accompanying class. or vocal accompanying.

Students are assigned to ensembles by their department chair in collaboration with the director of chamber music. Students are encouraged to submit individual or group requests to participate in a specific type of ensemble, as well as to request specific chamber coaches.

Performance is a key element of the chamber music program. The Lillian Fuchs Chamber Music Competition takes place each semester; groups are invited to audition based on faculty nominations and the winning ensembles perform in a special public concert held in Greenfield Hall. Most other groups perform in the Chamber Music Festival, which takes place towards the end of each semester.

Specific courses and degree sequence plans can be found in the Course Catalog.​

Chamber Music Handbook

Please direct any questions about instrumental chamber music to David Geber, Director of Chamber Music at


David Geber  (Cello, Director of Chamber Music)
Daniel Avshalomov  (Viola)
Michelle Baker  (Horn)
Raymond Beegle  (Accompanying)
Ethan Bensdorf  (Trumpet)
Laurie Carney  (Violin)
Linda Chesis  (Flute)
Jeffrey Cohen  (Piano)
Mark Delpriora  (Guitar)
Oren Fader  (Guitar)
David Finlayson  (Trombone)
John Forconi  (Collaborative Piano, Chair)
Koichiro Harada  (Violin)
Kazuhide Isomura  (Viola)
Susan Jolles  (Harp)
David Jolley  (Horn, Brass Chair)
Alan Kay  (Clarinet)
Jon Klibonoff  (Piano)
Wolfram Koessel  (Cello)
David Krakauer  (Clarinet)
Kim Laskowski  (Bassoon)
David Leisner  (Chair, Guitar)
Julia Lichten  (Cello)
Curtis Macomber  (Violin)
Nicholas Mann  (Violin, String Chair)
Marya Martin  (Flute)
Frank Morelli  (Bassoon)
Orin O'Brien  (Bass)
Todd Phillips  (Violin)
Heasook Rhee  (Accompanying, Chamber Music)
Samuel Rhodes  (Viola)
Gerald Robbins  (Piano)
Lucie Robert  (Violin)
Sylvia Rosenberg  (Violin)
André-Michel Schub  (Piano)
Marc Silverman  (Piano, Chair)
James Austin Smith  (Oboe)
Thomas Smith  (Trumpet)
David Starobin  (Guitar)
Mark Steinberg  (Violin)
Dave Taylor  (Trombone)
Stephen Taylor  (Oboe)
Kyle Turner  (Tuba)
Liang Wang  (Oboe)
Peter Winograd  (Violin)