Chamber Music is an important part of the ODU musical experience. Chamber ensembles typically function with a coach but not a conductor. They are offered for credit and are comprised of any and all instrumentation. From traditional ensembles such as string quartets and brass quintets to completely unique ensembles, chamber ensembles are often formed to play a particular repertoire or composer and are coached by a wide variety of ODU faculty. For more information contact Dr. Paul S. Kim, coordinator of the program.
The undergraduate Russell Stanger String Quartet is the premiere chamber ensemble on campus. Its members are selected via the Russell Stanger String Quartet Competition. A substantial partial tuition scholarship is awarded to winners of the annual competition--an opportunity usually reserved to just graduate students at colleges. Winners of the 2013 competition each received a tuition scholarship of $3000 for the 2013-14 academic year. The competition is named after Russell Stanger, Conductor Laureate of the Virginia Symphony Orchestra and an honorary degree recipient at ODU, for his contributions to music and his support of the ODU Department of Music.
Members of the Russell Stanger String Quartet perform several times a year on campus, in the community and across Virginia, meeting weekly for professional coachings. Often appearing in master classes with leading internationally known quartets, the quartet rehearses twice a week and serves in leadership roles in the ODU Symphony Orchestra.
For more information contact ODU Chamber Music Coordinator Dr. Paul S. Kim.