Chamber Music at USU is an immersive experience that lies at the heart of the string program. The focused and sustained study of chamber music builds a vital array of musical and personal skills, and allows the student to develop individual artistry while collaborating intensively with their colleagues and friends. Student groups are mentored by the Fry Street Quartet, and perform at the end of each semester in the world-class Caine Performance Hall. Students also receive regular master classes from visiting artists, which have included the Emerson Quartet, Paul Katz and James Dunham, and members of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.
The Caine Undergraduate Research Quartet was launched in collaboration with the USU Research Office to explore how processes of academic research and music are intrinsically linked, and then apply those discoveries to community engagement through performance. The students of the CURQ receive joint funding from the music department and the research office to make classroom visits, launch a series of concerts in unusual spaces, give a full recital, and develop professional materials.
Personal Statements from CURQ members:
“Performing with the Caine Undergraduate Research Quartet has been a truly spectacular experience. It has provided me with opportunities that are rarely found even among conservatory music programs. This unique project has given me skills which will carry through to my future in music, as well as to any other area of my life which involves working closely with others to achieve unified and often demanding goals.” ~ Gavon Peck (’16), violist