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Chamber Music Registration

Students should NEVER register or add/drop chamber music or piano ensemble on SIS.  All registrations and add/drops must be done through the Director of Chamber Music, Michael Kannen (

Chamber Music sign-up for the Fall semester happens at the very beginning of the semester.  Sign-up for Spring semester chamber music happens at the end of the Fall semester.

In both cases, look for emails from me (Michael Kannen)!  These will have all the information you need and links to the sign-up forms.

Detailed Information about chamber music requirements, procedures and sign-up can be found by navigating to “Requirements” on the Chamber Music page.


Online Chamber Music

We all know that it is not possible to actually play chamber music over the internet, but for those of you who might not be able to make it back to campus right away, we haven’t left you out either. We have worked hard to design an online chamber music course that we think will be meaningful, useful and enjoyable.

As you know, chamber music is a complex activity that involves so many different kinds of skills- instrumental, interpretive, organizational and personal. And sometimes, when we’re struggling to learn the notes and play in tune, some of the other extremely important aspects of playing chamber music don’t get as much attention as they should. Well, we think this is a chance to take a closer look at some of those skills: how do you decide, looking at a score, how a piece of music should go? How do you transform those little dots and dashes on the page into beautiful and meaningful sound? How do you discuss these ideas with others in your group, and persuade others to your point of view, and let yourself be persuaded by theirs? In short, how do you come to a collective interpretation of a great piece of music? These are just some of the things that we can explore online. We’ll still form small groups of 3 to 5 people who will meet with their coach online each week. And, there will be some actual playing involved, too- as you learn some of the most important chamber music excerpts for your instrument that you’ll need to know as you go out into the professional world. So- even if you can’t be in Baltimore right away, there is so much to learn about chamber music.

For those of you learning remotely, there will be some interesting options, as well.


Sign Up Forms

Chamber Music group sign ups

Concert Information Form

Sign up to be assigned to a Chamber Music concert

Honors Ensemble Audition Forms

Sign up for an audition for the Honors Ensembles

Honors Ensembles

The Peabody Honors Ensemble program is open to serious and excellent groups of all kinds who wish to dedicate themselves to developing as an ensemble.  Honors Ensembles will be chosen by audition and will be given special performance and other opportunities.  

Concert Attendance Requirement

All students who are registered for chamber music must fulfill a concert attendance requirement.  Each student must attend the following number of concerts over the course of the semester:

  • 1 end-of-semester student chamber music concert
  • 1 faculty or other professional chamber music concert

2018-2019 Hittman Visiting Artists and Other Events

We are excited to announce that the 2019-2020 Hittman Visiting Artists will be:

  • Violinist Rebecca Fischer (October 28, 2019)
  • The Miro String Quartet (March 24, 2020)

These artists will be at Peabody for master classes, performances and other residency activities.


See the FAQ page on the Chamber Music Webpage for answers to most of your questions!