Music Department


Chamber Music Society

Marcus Thompson, Director

The Chamber Music Society, coordinated by Professor Marcus Thompson, is comprised of students selected by audition to study and perform classical chamber music and jazz combo literature. All groups rehearse independently and are coached one hour per week by MIT faculty and perform a recital at the end of each semester in Killian Hall.


The Chamber Music Society is open by audition to individual students or pre-formed chamber groups, and to staff, spouses, and recent alumni. MIT students have priority.


The public auditions for new members and sign-up for ALL returning members take place at the beginning of each semester at 7pm on Registration Day in Killian Hall, 14W-111. . New players are expected to play/sing one or two pieces of music that show the range of their ability. In addition there will be a short sight-reading skill test. You may audition individually or as a group. The audition is for placement purposes. Returning members, whose level of playing is known, need not re-audition, but MUST attend the auditions and sign up on Registration Day. Jazz instrumentalists and vocalists interested in participating in a jazz combo and vocalists interested in the Jazz Choir, DO NOT attend these auditions, but must contact the Concerts Office by Registration Day (, to schedule a jazz audition. Students interested in the Jazz Choir coached by John Harbison should attend the first rehearsal which is usually the first Sunday after Labor Day, Vocalists are expected to prepare two songs of contrasting styles (i.e. ballad and medium swing; latin and blues, etc.). One of the songs should be a jazz standard. Both songs must be performed from memory. Improvisation is encouraged but not required. Sight-singing may be requested. Having an accompanist is encouraged.

Chamber Music Society (21M.445) may be taken for credit.

For more information, please see the Chamber Music Society FAQ.


MIT Chamber Music Society, Marcus Thompson, Director
Felix Mendelssohn, Scherzo from Piano Trio in D minor, Op. 49, (1839)
Thomas Hu '11, violin; Sunny Wicks '07, cello; Yusuke Kobayashi (G), piano


MIT Chamber Music Society




The Chamber Music Society and the Emerson Scholarship Program have allowed me to keep doing what I love – play music.”

Sherman Jia ’06