Vivace Ensemble is a training ensemble for younger students who demonstrate exemplary musical and technical skills. In addition to developing score reading skills this group will be introduced to chamber music. The Vivace Ensemble performs outreach concerts at various community venues, usually in conjunction with Suzuki group concerts and/or Allegro performances. Participation in this group is by invitation only.

Allegro Ensemble was founded in 2007 to provide performance opportunities for advanced young violin students. This is a wonderful group that works on different chamber music repertoire and technique. The ensemble has performed at Music Hall, the Freedom Center, the Cincinnati Art Museum, Summer Fair at Coney Island and the Brown County Fair. They are exposed to the classic works and are expected to learn a very challenging repertoire for their concerts. The students range in age from 10 to 16. All of the students began their studies in the Suzuki Method, but most have completed the Suzuki repertoire and are working on more advanced materials.

Noveau Chamber Music

Mix some musical talent with a little moxie and a lot of Mozart and what do you get? A highly acclaimed high school chamber music group, CSO Nouveau Chamber Players, a program of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Composed of six African-American high school string students — Titilayo Ayangade, cello; Jermaine Crutchfield, violin; Lee Griffith, cello; Patrice Kirksey, violin/viola; Alan Lawson, violin and Timothy Ovia, violin — these students successfully auditioned for the group and perform locally.

The CSO provides CSO Nouveau Chamber Players with free chamber music lessons and coaching by local violinist Marion Peraza de Webb and mentoring and management from CSO staffers Kathy Finley and Anne Cushing-Reid.

Designed to be a springboard for careers in classical music, CSO Nouveau Chamber Players have performed as pre-concert entertainment at CSO concerts and at numerous community gatherings. The group is in high demand and regularly receives rave reviews. Now in their third season, CSO Nouveau Chamber Players is an important part of the CSO’s commitment to diversity and education.

Four of the CSO Nouveau Chamber Players members are also members of the Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestra, and two are CSYO alternates.

For more information, visit http://www.cincinnatisymphony.org/Content.php?id=30