Conservatory Music Masteries will consist of small ensembles dedicated to learning about and playing chamber music. They will work in a group setting once a week with Maestro Marlene Urbay who, in addition to being our Music Department Head, has years of experience as a pedagogue and as the conductor of the Florida Chamber Orchestra.
Chamber music is instrumental music played by a small ensemble, with one player to a part. The name "chamber music" originates from the spaces in which these small ensembles rehearsed during the Middle Ages and Renaissance, although this concept has evolved since then.
Chamber music is tremendously beneficial for music students. It aids in the development of polyphonic hearing, which is the ability to listen to and distinguish the many "voices" in a piece of music. It widens one's general sense of rhythm, tuning, knowledge of different musical styles, sight-reading skills and the ability to work in a team, which cultivates responsibility, leadership, sensibility, and discipline. Groups will have performance opportunities throughout the year, as they build their repertoire.
Conservatory Music Mastery Groups will be by invitation only, for students who have reached a certain level of proficiency in his/her instrument and who have demonstrated a strong level of commitment to the Conservatory Music Department.