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.


Pacifica Quartet

Sept 27-28, 2018 - Masterclass at Oakland University

Formed in 1994, the Pacifica Quartet quickly won chamber music’s top competitions, including the 1998 Naumburg Chamber Music Award. In 2002 the ensemble was honored with Chamber Music America’s Cleveland Quartet Award and the appointment to Lincoln Center’s CMS Two, and in 2006 was awarded a prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant. Also in 2006 the Quartet was featured on the cover of Gramophone and heralded as one of “five new quartets you should know about,” the only American quartet to make the list, and in 2009, the Quartet was named “Ensemble of the Year” by Musical America. Their subsequent critically-acclaimed residency at the Metropolitan Museum of Art firmly established their position as one of the world’s most important chamber music ensembles.



Harlem Quartet

May 6-8, 2019 - Masterclass at Wayne State University and 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.