Chamber Music Festival

Since 2015, the NDSU Chamber Music Festival has paired NDSU student musicians with professional musicians including NDSU faculty as well as local, national, and international luminaries in performances of chamber music presented free of charge to the NDSU and Fargo-Moorhead community. Guest musicians at the Festival have included Grammy Award-winning artists, faculty from such institutions as the Royal Academy of Music in London and Carnegie Mellon, and players from many of the major U.S. orchestras. A wide diversity of great composers has been represented in the Festival's programming, from the likes of Mozart and Beethoven to more recent greats such as Margaret Bonds, Frank Zappa, and Libby Larsen, some of whose work has had its World Premiere in Fargo at the Festival. Chamber music, being music for small groups of musicians performing without a conductor, is unique in its combination of potent immediacy and enormous dramatic range. We are proud to be able to share performances by NDSU students and professional musicians of this wonderful music.

2023 NDSU Chamber Music Festival
Thursday, August 24 - Tuesday, August 29, 2023

Free Concerts

Thursday, August 24 at 7:30 PM, NDSU Beckwith Recital Hall
Monday, August 28 at 7:30 PM, NDSU Beckwith Recital Hall
Tuesday, August 29 at 12:00 Noon, Plains Art Museum
Tuesday, August 29 at 7:30 PM, NDSU Beckwith Recital Hall

Join us as we gather to experience the power of great chamber music at the 2023 NDSU Chamber Music Festival! Our cast of world-class artists for this season includes violinists Rolf Haas, Grace Park, and Sonja Bosca-Harasim; violist Jenni Seo; cellists Meta Weiss and her husband David Requiro as well as NDSU faculty, all of whom will be performing alongside NDSU student pianists following intensive rehearsals.

The 2023 Festival concerts will feature such chamber music masterworks as the dramatic and virtuosic Rachmaninoff Cello Sonata, a beautiful and evocative set of Margaret Bonds songs set to texts of Langston Hughes, the poetic and impassioned Turina Piano Quartet, the wondrously warm and lyrical Fauré Piano Quartet No. 1, and many more from the likes of Beethoven, Saint-Saëns, Lutoslawski, Martinu, Gade, and John Ireland.

We hope that you will join us as we gather for the 2023 NDSU Chamber Music Festival!

Pianists interested in discovering more about piano study at NDSU or being involved in the NDSU Chamber Music Festival are encouraged to contact Dr. Tyler Wottrich at

To whet your chamber music appetite, please enjoy this YouTube playlist of highlights from previous seasons of the NDSU Chamber Music Festival.

"I know this will sound terribly cliché, but this being the first time I've played in a real chamber group, I have to say I'm completely bitten by the chamber music bug... it was magical to be making music together with some fabulous string players and feel my sound mix with theirs."

  1. Colin Carr and Tyler Wottrich performing Beethoven's Magic Flute Variations from the 2016 Festival
  2. Benton Schmidt, Elizabeth York, and William Comita performing the 2nd movement of Beethoven's Piano Trio in Eb, Op. 1 No. 1
  3. Carson Covey, Sonja Bosca-Harasim, and Marie-Elaine Gagnon performing the 3rd movement of Turina's Piano Trio No. 1, Op. 35.
  4. Cydney Berlinger, Grace Park, and Alice Yoo performing the 4th movement of Shostakovich's Piano Trio in E Minor, Op. 67