Chamber Music Festival

NDSU Chamber Music Festival
Special 2020 Fall Edition
Featuring a World Premiere from composer Libby Larsen


Please click here to submit a seating reservation request for the 2020 NDSU Chamber Music Festival

2020 NDSU Chamber Music Festival concert logistics and protocol--please read if you have a confirmed reservation to attend the Festival


Monday, August 31 at 7:00 PM (Rain alternate: Thursday, September 3 at 7:00 pm)
Tuesday, September 1 at 7:00 PM (Rain alternate: Wednesday, September 2 at 7:00 pm)
In the Reineke Courtyard (between the Reineke music building and the Askanase theater building)

Though the previously planned 2020 NDSU Chamber Music Festival was unfortunately not possible due to the COVID-19 virus, we are pleased to be able to present a special Fall edition of the NDSU Chamber Music Festival which will take advantage of the lovely courtyard between the Reineke music building and the Askanase theater building as the venue for our concerts. As always, we will be proud to showcase top-notch chamber musicians alongside NDSU student pianists.

Our concerts in the courtyard will take place at 7:00 PM (please note the earlier-than-normal start time!) on Monday, August 31 and Tuesday, September 1. Please also note the alternate dates above if either of the concerts is rained out. Seating will be by reservation ONLY. For health and safety reasons, no walk-up admission will be possible. Requests for seating reservations will be accepted via a Google form which will be linked on this page starting at noon on Monday, August 17. Unfortunately, it is unlikely that we will be able to grant all requests received due to limited, socially-distanced seating, so it is recommended to submit your reservation requests as early as possible after noon on Monday, August 17. Concerts will be less than an hour in duration. More information for concert-goers will be provided to those with confirmed seating reservations.

Our first concert will feature a series of transcriptions of symphonic works for two pianos, percussion, and trumpet as well as a mystery arrangement featuring vocalist Katherine Carstensen-Zerbst. Artists on this concert will include Jeremy Brekke, Sigurd Johnson, Danny Kocher, Michael Langer, Caleb Lawson, Kenyon Williams, and Tyler Wottrich.

Our second concert will feature Britten's Canticle "Abraham and Isaac," Schumann's 4 Fantasiestucke for Clarinet and Piano as well as the first movement of Myaskovsky's tuneful Cello Sonata No. 2 before concluding with Libby Larsen's "Raspberry Island Dreaming" and the World Premiere of "May I An Artist Be." Artists featured on the second concert include Elise Buffat-Nelson, Kelly Burns, Victoria Hoplin, Cassie Keogh, Yizhou Luo, Clara Osowski, Hong Liang Ng, and Tyler Wottrich.

We hope to see you there for this special installment of the 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 tyler.wottrich@ndsu.edu.

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."

Bernadette Fromherz, Festival participant and NDSU alumna

  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