It's no secret that the world's greatest performers are also the world's greatest teachers.  Throughout the years, the Chamber Music Society of Detroit has provided opportunities for the most advanced collegiate and high school-age music students in Southeast Michigan to perform in a public masterclass setting for these extraordinary mentors, often presented in partnership with our area universities, such as Wayne State, Oakland University, Michigan State University, and the University of Michigan.  Just some of the past CMSD artists and ensembles participating in this work include Richard Stoltzman, Menahem Pressler, William Preucil, Celino Romero, David Small, Pacifica Quartet, Shanghai Quartet, and many more.


Several times each season, the Chamber Music Society of Detroit is brings visiting artists and ensembles into area high schools to work directly with music students and their orchestra, band and choral directors.  The format of these experiences varies, but often a visiting ensemble treats students to a brief inspiring performance of music from an upcoming concert on a CMSD series, followed by an intensive clinic - for large ensembles preparing for Band or Orchestra Festival, or individually/small groups preparing for Solo and Ensemble Competition.  The students get a taste of work at the highest professional level, often transforming their playing in an instant. Past CMSD artists and ensembles participating in this work include the Cavani Quartet, Pacifica Quartet, Imani Winds, Shanghai Quartet, guitarist Celino Romero, American String Quartet, Classical Jam, Justin Hines, Aeolus Quartet, and more.


American Brass Quintet

Sept 24, 2017 - Masterclass at Oaland University

The American Brass Quintet is internationally recognized as one of the premier chamber music ensembles of our time, celebrated for peerless leadership in the brass world. Committed to the promotion of brass chamber music through performance and education, the American Brass Quintet has been in residence at The Juilliard School since 1987 and the Aspen Music Festival since 1970. The New York Times recently wrote that “among North American brass ensembles none is more venerable than the American Brass Quintet,” while Newsweek has hailed the ensemble as “the high priests of brass” and American Record Guide has called the ABQ “of all the brass quintets, the most distinguished.” Through its acclaimed performances, diverse programming, commissioning, extensive discography and educational mission, the American Brass Quintet has created a legacy unparalleled in the brass field.



Harlem Quartet

Nov 1, 2017 - Masterclass at Wayne State University
Oct 31-Nov 2, 2017 - Clinics in area High Schools

The Grammy-Award winning Harlem Quartet, founded by the nationally renowned Detroit-based Sphinx Organization, is dedicated to increasing black and Latino participation in concert music.  Since its public debut in 2006 at Carnegie Hall, the New York-based Harlem Quartet has performed throughout the U.S. as well as in France, the U.K., Belgium, Panama, Canada, and in South Africa, performing diverse and often genre-bending repertoire that encompasses the classics, jazz and new music.

In addition to appearing on the CMSDetroit’s Midtown Series in concert, the Quartet will give talks and workshops for various ensembles at Wayne State University and area high schools.