Chamber Music & Orchestra!

Chamber music develops: Collaboration: Chamber music involves working with others while treating everyone as equals, sharing opinions and striving to come together to make something beautiful. Each individual voice is important so chamber music is a true collaboration.


- Leadership: There is no conductor! Each member of the group has to become the leader at the appropriate time to help achieve the goals of the group.


- Responsibility: When each student play his or her part alone, there is no place to hie. So each person is responsible for his or her part! Shares attendance an punctuality are important in an ensemble so this develops the inner sense of responsibility.


- FUN! Chamber music is a great combination of being with friends and playing some of the greatest music written in history!


- Listening: chamber music focuses on listening to oneself and to others, forcing rapid growth in this aspect


- Intonation: chamber music forces musicians to pay close attention to how to play in tune and to open up their internal and external ears to do so


- Rhythm: Be there that anyone he can put I wanted to inrouce fodoes. is simply no better way to grow in rhythm than through chamber music and playing well with other musicians!
- Greater knowledge of the styles: chamber music is very obvious in the styles of each era.

- Better replacement for orchestra: orchestra is a lower version of chamber music with less personal responsibility, less true collaboration, less learning and less social interaction on a close level. Chamber music can also provide a ‘record’ for future college applications, more enjoyable performances etc.
Flexible schedule! Of course, the time of our director and teacher of chamber music is limited, but since each small group is separately formed an scheduled, the schedule is more flexible than something like orchestra!

For the less advanced student, Dolce also offers a String Ensemble which is, in essence, an orchestral experience.

Both ensembles are invitation or audition only so participation is in itself a worthy extracurricular activity for everyone involved

About the Program Director, Dr. Gao


A Native of China, Dr. Luyan Gao received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree and her Master of Music in Violin Performance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a Bachelor of Arts from the Shanghai Conservatory of music in China. She has been a student of Shisheng Zheng in China and Simin Ganatra of the Pacifica String Quartet at Illinois.

After won the concertmaster fellowship from the University of Wyoming, Luyan Gao decided to began her music studies in the United State. Her musicianship has been recognized in many competitions. Recent competitions have included the first prize winner of the Paul Rolland Memorial Competition, T. Gordon Parks Collegiate concerto competition, finalist of the Kate Neal Kinley Memorial Fellowship Competition, the Krannert Debut Recital Award. Earlier, Luyan was featured as a soloist to perform the Sibelius violin concerto with Arapahoe Philharmonic in 2007. That same year her quartet was featured on the Illinois public media, the classical music broadcast WILL-FM 90.9.

As a passionate chamber musician, Luyan has participated in many music festivals, including Ravania Music Festival, Great Mountain Music Festival in Korea, Shanghai Spring International Music Festival, and has received guidance form distinguished violinists and Chamber ensemble such as Igor Ozim, Almita Vamos, the Emerson Quartet and the Guarneri String Quartet. She was awarded to the Graduate String Quartet program while she studied in University of Illinois. Other highlights of Luyan Gao’s musicianship including the assistant concertmaster of the Champaign-Urbana Symphony, as well as the first violinist of the Illinois Symphony Orchestra and the Sinfonia Da Camera.

As dedicated educator, Luyan was awarded the Graduate Teaching Assistantship from University of Colorado at Boulder before she transferred her studies to U of I. After graduate, she taught violin in Encore music and Arts Academy, San Jose, CA. Dr. Gao’s enthusiastic priority is to guide her students to developing their technique for beautiful music making, along with discover their unique tune and style. Her students have won many competitions locally and nationally including the US open music competition (junior Division solo 2nd prize 2013, junior Division Chamber 2nd prize 2014), the American Protégé International Piano and Strings Competition (Senior Division solo 3rd prize 2015) , and many of them have been accepted to music conservatories and universities.

What is Chamber Music?

Chamber music is the 'social aspect' of music making which is similar to a 'band' an was also considered the highest form of art by many great musicians an thinkers of the Englithenment an Romantic eras. Chamber music is fun, social, challenging and generally more impressive an satisfying to perform than normal solo music.

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