Spring 5-20-2016

Document Type

Capstone Project

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Music & Performing Arts

First Advisor

Lanier Sammons

Second Advisor

Richard Bains


This capstone presentation focuses on the role of chamber music in both social and academic contexts. Using examples from the past five centuries and including local examples, parallels and divergences are drawn to points of most import. The spotlight is upon three areas: a) what the role of chamber music was in the past, compared to today; b) why it is an important genre, to both musicians, as well as non-musicians, and c) in what ways more exposure to the form can be built. Much of the focus is on composers and their influence, but the impact of and upon performers is noted at length. The theme of chamber music as progressive in nature appears frequently throughout the research, and is shown to be one of the most essential aspects of the genre. Much of the research and argument is centered around instruction and through education; however, emphasis is also placed on societal and behavioral impacts. These topics were researched through a variety of media, including scholarly literature, first-hand interviews with local instructors and chamber musicians, and through analysis of programs and repertoire. This exploration of chamber music will help to change the perception many hold toward the genre, and the contents will be applicable to both music education and within society.


Additional files include scores composed for the creative portion of this Capstone project.