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Chamber Music Ensembles

If you have a passion for collaborative music making, there are many opportunities to be a part of chamber ensembles. Student chamber music performances are coached by USC School of Music faculty members who have themselves played great works in the repertory.

A chamber music ensemble gives you the experience and joy of collaborating with your peers under the guidance of our renowned faculty.

As a music major, you may sign up for chamber music ensembles as part of your degree requirements. Some chamber ensembles require special permission. Several chamber music ensembles are available to students pursuing a music minor and to nonmusic majors with special permission.

The USC Graduate String Quartet is USC's premiere student ensemble made up of the top graduate students pursuing master's and doctoral degrees.

School of Music chamber ensembles

  • Brass
  • Graduate String Quartet
  • Keyboard
  • Percussion
  • Strings
  • Voice
  • Woodwinds

2015-2016 Chamber Music Residency

The award-winning Parker Quartet returns to USC as the Quartet-in-Residence for the 2015-2016 year, offering a series of public events, school outreach and special opportunities for USC string students.

The Quartet will be in Columbia for week-long residencies November 9–15, 2015 and March 13 – 20, 2016. In addition to public concerts and a public master class, Parker Quartet members will give chamber music coachings, informances and outreach programs in South Carolina schools.

Hailed by The New York Times as “something extraordinary,” the Grammy Award-winning Parker Quartet has rapidly distinguished itself as one of the preeminent ensembles of its generation.

The quartet began its professional touring career in 2002 and garnered international acclaim in 2005, winning the Concert Artists Guild Competition and the Grand Prix and Mozart Prize at the Bordeaux International String Quartet Competition in France. In 2009, Chamber Music America awarded the quartet the prestigious biennial Cleveland Quartet Award for the 2009-2011 seasons.

This residency has been made possible by a grant from the Provost's office.

See the schedule of concerts, master classes, coaching and outreach programs

If you’re interested in chamber music ensembles, email Phillip Bush or call 803-777-5922.