Founded in 1993, Atlanta’s largest and most active chamber music organization brings together some of the city’s finest resident musicians with internationally-known guest artists who are dedicated to performing the most beautiful, exciting and interesting music from the chamber repertoire. The resident professional performing group of Emory University was named "Best Chamber Music Group in Atlanta" by Atlanta Magazine and in February of 2003 moved into its permanent home in the new Schwartz Center for Performing Arts.
In addition to presenting an evening, a family, and a noontime concert series at Emory, the Society tours, participates in recording projects, the commissioning of new works, and numerous community-outreach activities. Education is also an integral part of the ECMSA’s mission, and members teach throughout the University and greater community, coach student chamber music ensembles, and give private lessons.
The Emory Chamber Music Society presents a diverse repertoire ranging from solo repertoire to large ensemble works with a variety of instrumentation. Guest artists have included cellist Yo-Yo Ma, guitarist Eliot Fisk, clarinetist Richard Stoltzman, pianists Christopher O’Riley, Robert Spano and jazz great Dave Brubeck; Alan Gilbert, and members of the Tokyo, Cleveland, Lark, Fine Arts, Ciompi, Vega, Blair, Alexander and Serafin string quartets among others. Over the years the ECMSA has presented the complete string quartets, piano sonatas and works for cello and piano and violin and piano of Beethoven; the complete chamber music of Johannes Brahms; the complete works for solo strings by Bach; the complete Bartok string quartets; seasons dedicated to the chamber works of Chopin, Schumann and Liszt; and numerous world and Atlanta premieres. In 1996 the Society made its New York and Boston debuts. Local and syndicated radio broadcasts—such as those on National Public Radio’s Performance Today—add to the group’s national visibility. They can be heard on ACA Recordings.
The Emory Chamber Music Society of Atlanta is supported by the Cherry L. Emerson Endowment, the Office of Educational Programs at the Michael C. Carlos Museum, the Humann Foundation and the Department of Music. The Vega String Quartet residency is made possible in part through the generous support of the Abraham J. and Phyllis Katz Foundation and Friends of Music at Emory.