I'm now in my fourth year as teacher, coach and organizer of the adult chamber music classes at Greenwich House. The classes are both joyous and focused and we have a great time. They've also been wonderfully successful; I've had people in my classes (which started elsewhere 12 yrs ago) for 7-10 years.
The classes are for pianists, string and wind players interested in fun and intense chamber music experience at Greenwich House Music School. The members of the class range in age (25-80): some have performance degrees from major music conservatories and are in an in a 'gap year', others have studied their entire lives and want to continue play chamber music, some are less advanced musicians who are keen on playing chamber music and are testing the waters.
Each class performs at least once a year at Greenwich House's main hall, Renée Weiler Hall; there are also monthly recitals at GH open to all students at GH who wish to perform.
The class repertory runs the gamut: Past performances have featured repertory that you might expect (Bach, Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann) and many less usual suspects: Reger Serenade for flute, violin, viola; Reynaldo Hahn Romanesque for flute, viola and piano; Honegger Romance for flute and piano; Liebermann Night Music for flute, clarinet and piano; Elliott Carter Elegy for viola and piano; Nino Rota (‘Godfather’ composer) Trio for flute, violin, piano, Borodin Piano Quintet.
There are 3 classes per week scheduled for January 2019. They meet on Wednesdays, 7 pm - 10 pm, Saturdays 11 am - 3 pm. Due to interest in the chamber music program, there's a less advanced class (but still high level) on Tuesdays, 7-9 pm. When the Tuesday people are ready, they participate in the advanced classes. All are at Greenwich House, 46 Barrow Street, NYC. The room we meet in has an excellent Steinway grand piano. Due to the variegated repertory, I send out a schedule for each class so the members know when their pieces are being worked on. All members are welcome to sit in when they're not playing and/or find a practice room to do individual work.
My professional ensemble, Vista Lirica, is also in residence at GH. From time to time, my colleagues from Vista Lirica also participate in coaching the classes. Please visit our website (http://www.vistalirica.com/). Vista Lirica is also looking for volunteers and interns.
I'm happy to answer all inquiries about the GH chamber music classes and/or Vista Lirica. For classes, please send a message first through meetup or call Margaret or Becca at Greenwich House Music School (212 242 4770) - GH will forward any messages about the classes to me; they can also answer questions about registration and tuition. You can contact me directly at NRynston@gmail.com about the classes and/or Vista Lirica.
The 2019 spring semester starts at the last week of January.