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Though I never planned on pursuing music seriously in college, after playing since I was 4, it was not something I was quite ready to let go when coming to college. I decided to continue playing through Chamber Music at Dartmouth—for those unfamiliar with Chamber Music, it’s when small ensembles play together in groups, such as duets, trios, and quartets. 

Each ensemble meets once a week with a coach officially, and rehearses on their own once more throughout the week. The rehearsals culminate in a final recital with all the other Chamber groups during Week 10, where everyone comes together to celebrate and cheer on each other’s work. Counting toward class credit at the end of the third term, Chamber Music (MUS 51) has proven highly rewarding and fun!

As a pianist at Dartmouth, I’ve gotten many opportunities to play and perform with different groups since I started Chamber the fall of my freshman year. Each of my experiences has been gratifying and challenging in different ways. I’ve played the strong soprano lines of Schubert, explored the emotional colors of Faure, and untangled the quick, tricky passages of Mozart. Each time, I’ve been able to work with a different coach, from the conductor of the Dartmouth Symphony Orchestra to a voice coach to piano coaches, which has helped shape my playing and thinking in different ways. Having trained and practiced primarily as a solo musician before college, learning how to be a good chamber partner and musician has been interesting and fun to navigate. 

The final performance has also been a fun way to involve my friends in my musical life, and it’s always a fulfilling feeling to look up and see friends in the audience. It has also been cool to see my classmates in different contexts as performers—Dartmouth is home to many passionate, talented individuals, and it isn’t until you get to see them perform or express their passions that you realize and remember just how incredible everyone around you is.