Written by Gretchen Pille

Earlier this month, Civitas member Yuan-Qing Yu coached four different chamber ensembles at Northside College Prep High School. In her coachings, she helped each group get a better feel for the style of chamber music.

“The students were very attentive, willing to learn the art of playing together, listening rather than counting, reacting rather than acting.  Playing chamber music is essential to understand the principles of teamwork,” Yu said of the young musicians.

These students face challenges common to many high school and college musicians, and that is limited knowlege of chamber music and limited time to rehearse as a group.

Yuan-Qing offered these suggestions that we can all use as musicians:

  • Pay attention to where and when the melody is handed off between parts. Try playing only the melodic lines to get a better sense of movement and melody.

  • Spend 15 minutes of each rehearsal studying the score as an ensemble, something players often neglect to do.

Next up for Yuan-Qing Yu is Civitas’ Chinese New Year celebration on March 15. Tickets are still available and can be purchased here.


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