The Emory Chamber Music Society of Atlanta
ECMSA Artistic Director
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 delightful, exciting and interesting music from the chamber repertoire in some of the most acoustically and visually beautiful spaces in Atlanta. 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.
The ECMSA’s mission is to create new generations of educated and passionate music lovers who will cherish and support this greatest art forever. In addition to presenting an Emerson Evening, a Family, and the Cooke Noontime Concert Series at Emory, the Society tours, participates in recording projects, the commissioning of new works, and numerous community-outreach activities. Education is an integral part of the ECMSA’s mission, and members teach in a wide variety of ways throughout the University and greater community, coach student chamber music ensembles, and give private lessons.
Repertoire and Guest Artists
Emory’s String Quartet in Residence program, held by the international award-winning Vega Quartet, lies at the heart of the ECMSA’s mission to spread this great music throughout the community, reaching audiences ages 2 to 102. The Vega is the first professional string quartet to ever make Atlanta their home base and as such, they are having a transformational effect on music education and performance throughout the area.
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, 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.
Almost all ECMSA concerts are free of charge, making this great music available to all.
The Emory Chamber Music Society of Atlanta is supported by the Cherry L. Emerson Endowment, the Rebecca Katz-Doft Chamber Music Endowment, the Office of Educational Programs at the Michael C. Carlos Museum, the Christian Humann Foundation, and the Friends of Music at Emory.
Contact: William Ransom, artistic director