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Performing Ensembles

Performing opportunities for beginning to advanced students in violin, viola, cello and piano.

2017-18 performing ensembles

Students participate in annual concerts, festivals, studio recitals and workshops on the Wheaton College campus, as well as opportunities to share their talents in the community. CSA provides opportunities for students to develop visual and aural music literacy though our sequential curriculum of Reading Orchestras and Theory followed by advancement into CSA's Chamber Program. Beginning and Reading 1 through Advanced Chamber Ensembles students receive improvisation instruction in Creative Ability Development (CAD).

Beginning to Intermediate Students 

Reading Orchestras

CSA offers a graded note reading orchestra program to introduce the fundamentals of orchestral playing, strengthen student’s sight-reading skills, and to provide a foundation in music theory and improvisation. CSA uses the Creative Ability Development (CAD) improvisation method endorsed by Dr. Suzuki.

Reading I/Theory and CAD
Reading II/Theory and CAD
Advanced Reading/Theory and CAD

Intermediate to Advanced Students 

Chamber Program 

Intermediate and advanced string and piano students enrolled in CSA private lessons who wish to enhance their music study by performing in a trio or quartet, may participate in the  Chamber Program. Students are assigned to an ensemble based on ability level. Performing as part of a chamber group inspires musicality, develops advanced listening and rhythmic skills, and provides a venue for collaboration and fun. Students continue studies in improvisation through the Creative Ability Development (CAD) improvisation method endorsed by Dr. Suzuki.

Chamber Players/Improvising Quartets (CAD)
Chamber Ensembles/Improvising Quartets (CAD)

Performing Ensembles 

Con Fuoco 

Con Fuoco is an auditioned intermediate chamber ensemble featuring 14 violin and viola students. The group performs both classical and popular selections from around the world, under the direction of CSA instructor, Sarah Lindquist. Email csa@wheaton.edu for booking inquiries. 

Vivaldi Strings  

Vivaldi Strings, an auditioned ensemble of 25 advanced strings students performs regularly locally, nationally, and internationally. Recent international tours have taken the group to Scotland, Japan and China. Email vivaldistrings@wheaton.edu to book Vivaldi Strings for booking inquiries.


Encore Advanced Chamber Ensembles are auditioned chamber groups featuring top students under the direction of CSA instructor, Lilian Chou. Encore ensembles include trios, quartets, and quintets. Email csa.wheaton.edu for booking inquiries.