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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, or in some cases as an elective. 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.

Assistantships that involve participation in one of several chamber music ensembles are available to students pursuing master's or doctoral degrees. These ensembles include: 

  • The Graduate String Quartet, which focuses on the standard quartet literature. 
  • The New Sounds String Quartet, which focuses on 20th and 21st century quartet literature. 
  • The FUSE Ensemble, a community-engagement-focused wind quintet.

School of Music chamber ensembles

  • Brass
  • Keyboard
  • Percussion
  • Strings
  • Woodwinds
  • Mixed Piano-Winds-Strings

Chamber Music Residency

The award-winning Parker Quartet is the School of Music's Quartet-in-Residence, offering a series of public events, school outreach and special opportunities for USC string students each semester.

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.

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.

Chamber Events

Freeman Sundays @3:

Sunday, Sep. 11, 2022

Location: School of Music 206 Recital Hall

Cost: $15 adults; $10 seniors, USC faculty and staff; $5 students

Ears Wide Open Concert

Thursday, Sep. 29, 2022

Location: See Description for Event Location.

Cost: Free

Ears Wide Open Concert

Thursday, Oct. 27, 2022

Location: See Description for Event Location.

Cost: Free

Freeman Sundays @3:

Sunday, Nov. 13, 2022

Location: School of Music 206 Recital Hall

Cost: $15 adults; $10 seniors, USC faculty and staff; $5 students

Jingxia Kuang Doctoral Chamber Recital

Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022

Location: School of Music 206 Recital Hall

Cost: FREE

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