Developing a Chamber Ensemble


Question: How do you develop and maintain a successful chamber ensemble?

Creating a successful chamber ensemble is about so much more than just playing the music. I’ve had long term collaborations in duos, quartets, and a full-fledged nonprofit chamber ensemble. For me, the key ingredient is communication—about musical issues and the ensemble’s brand, mission, finances, and decision-making structure. When those communication issues are clear, creating music can be the group’s focus. Does your ensemble run by consensus, or is there a clear leader who has the final say? This influences how you approach the collaborative musical process and all of the ensemble’s business affairs.

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