Caltech's Chamber Music program provides professional coaching and performance opportunities for approximately thirty separate small ensembles of varying instrumentation.
Instrumentalists are grouped into duets, trios, quartets, etc. with those of similar abilities, and rehearse weekly in preparation for public recitals, master classes, and other performance opportunities both on and off-campus.
Ensembles perform a wide variety of music, including anything from Renaissance dances for recorders to Baroque trio sonatas, classical string quartets, piano quartets by the Romantic masters, and twentieth century music for winds. The Chamber Music Program also includes music for guitar ensemble, piano four hands, and two pianos.
The enduring popularity of this program speaks to the kinship music and science have enjoyed for hundreds of years.