Chamber music includes strings, woodwinds, brass, and mixed instrumentation ensembles (including strings, percussion and wind instruments). These ensembles provide necessary and valuable experience for the performance major. Coached by School of Music faculty, including members of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, these ensembles rehearse and perform on campus and at community service locations throughout the Pittsburgh area.
Triano Woodwind Quintet
James Gorton, coach
Refine your performance and musicianship skills by playing in this highly talented chamber music ensemble coached by artist members of the renowned Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Members also serve as ambassadors of the Mary Pappert School of Music through various concerts and competitions throughout the country!
The Triano Woodwind Quintet was established to offer graduate-level scholarship opportunities to highly qualified (flute, oboe, clarinet, horn, and bassoon) students who are focusing on a career in musical performance.
Classical Guitar Ensemble
Thomas Kikta, director
The Classical Guitar Ensemble, directed by Thomas Kikta, performs music from all periods of the 500 years of fretted instrument development—not only on the modern classical guitar but early instruments as well. In addition to preparing for concert performance, an emphasis is also placed on recording, with multiple sessions experienced in professional studios. Numerous recordings are made both live and in the studio for students to use in their folios. Students are enthusiastically encouraged to arrange for the ensemble.
Eliseo Rael, director
All percussion majors gain experience by performing in the Duquesne University Percussion Ensemble throughout the school year. Works performed are selected from traditional, contemporary, pops, and jazz styles and include world and regional premieres. Significant emphasis is placed on works for mallet ensemble, which are included in every concert. The Percussion Ensemble performs on campus each semester, frequently with well-known guest soloists.
The brass department at Duquesne is excited to offer a variety of brass ensembles, both mixed and like groupings. These include brass choir, trumpet ensemble, horn choir, trombone choir, and tuba/euphonium ensemble. Each group has individualized coaching from members of the Mary Pappert School of Music's brass faculty.
Keith Young, director
Saxophonists will be placed in small chamber groups (duets, trios, quartets, etc.) that are coached by Keith Young weekly. Repertoire is varied, including new and traditional compositions in many styles of music. These small groups are excellent for learning the skills to be an ensemble performer or teacher, as well as developing individual performance skills. Performances include on-campus recitals each semester, as well as opportunities to represent Duquesne University at local and national music conventions.
Dan Parasky, director
The Duquesne University Flute Choir performs original compositions and arrangements that encompass a variety of musical styles. This ensemble welcomes flutists from any degree program and features the standard C flute as well our family of harmony instruments - the alto flute, bass flute, contrabass flute, piccolo, and the E-flat soprano flute. Traditional performances are scheduled on campus each semester with outreach opportunities available for community concerts as well. The flute choir also applies to perform at regional and national music conventions.