Chamber Music

The Kennesaw State University Chamber Music Program trains musicians in classical and contemporary chamber repertoire. Student ensembles receive regular faculty coachings from the School of Music's talented string, woodwind, and brass faculty and have opportunities to perform in masterclasses with visiting guest artists and ensembles. Student chamber groups perform a variety of repertoire, on and off campus, throughout the year.

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Mixed Chamber Ensembles

Each semester, several Mixed Chamber Ensemble group form as past of a small ensemble course and receive instruction from faculty members throughout the semester. Mixed Chamber Ensembles student groups perform a final concert at the end of each semester featuring selections from a various composers.



The mixed chamber music program at the Bailey School of Music provides woodwind students with the opportunity to cross-pollinate with other instrumental families including strings and piano, as well as perform in traditional groupings such as woodwind quintet and reed trio. Recent opportunities to play in masterclass settings for members of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and Maestro Robert Spano, of the Atlanta Symphony enhance the weekly coaching participants receive from KSU faculty mentors. Students perform in formal concerts each semester and engage in musical outreach throughout the community.



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Using traditional and non-traditional instruments and compositions, the Percussion Ensemble affords KSU percussionists the opportunity to explore repertoire written chiefly for percussion instruments. The KSU Percussion Ensemble is directed by John Lawless, Senior Lecturer and Director of Percussion Studies.


The trumpet ensemble at KSU performs challenging repertoire each semester, regularly is featured at fundraising and gala KSU events, and has performed at the National Trumpet Competition and at the International Trumpet Guild Conference several times. The ensemble members play a diverse amount of repertoire ranging from newly composed works, to ensemble standards, to exciting orchestral and brass band arrangements.  The ensemble has taken on many big challenges, and recently completed a video project for the 2021 National Trumpet Competition. Click below to view our submission for that year.

    • Ensemble Performance at the International Trumpet Guild Conference - Summer 2015
    • Ensemble Semi-Final Placement at the National Trumpet Competition - 2015, 2016
    • Ensemble Performance at the Trumpet Festival of the Southeast - 2014, 2016


The string chamber music area at Kennesaw State is a carefully curated program designed to maximize every student’s potential. Our faculty are leading practitioners with a deep commitment to teaching and mentoring students. As a string student, you will experience a highly personalized education and a wide range of opportunities on stage and in the classroom that will give you the knowledge, experiences and skills for a lifetime of rewarding music-making. Our classes range from music entrepreneurship and music technology courses to Survey of African American Music, The Blues, and Music and the Holocaust.

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