Music Performance Expectations

In addition to maintaining a full schedule to meet the requirements of their chosen major, Stamps Ensemble Scholars are enrolled in Stamps Distinguished Ensembles such as the Stamps Brass Quintet, Stamps Jazz Quintet, Stamps String Quartet, and Stamps Woodwind Quintet. The Stamps Distinguished Ensembles perform together for all four years of study, enabling each ensemble to prepare performance repertoire in great depth, and mature as an ensemble together. This rare opportunity is an honor, and the time commitment is more than required of other ensembles in the Frost School. For example, most chamber ensembles meet for two hours per week, and generally perform one or two concerts per semester. Stamps Distinguished Ensembles meet for at least four hours per week, and are often performing every week at both Frost School and community venues, as well as recording and traveling to conferences from time to time. The reward is an in-depth musical training like no other that coaches students to learn the major repertoire for their ensemble grouping, and develop the maturity of a seasoned performing ensemble.