Chamber Music Series

The Chamber Series is supported in part by audience donations at each event. Unless otherwise noted, all performances are in St. Mary’s Chapel, County Line and Spring Mill Roads (Rt 320). For directions to campus, click here. For more information about any listed event, contact the Office of Music Activities.

2014

Sunday, March 16 - Spanish Suites of Songs & Dances
Latin-inspired classical music by Cassado, Mompou, Albéniz, Sierra
with Fauré's Piano Trio in D Minor
Musicians of the Philadelphia Orchestra & guests
St. Mary's Chapel, 6pm
FREE ADMISSION

2010-2013 Academic Years

We took a hiatus from the Chamber Music Series from 2010-2013. We apologize to all of our fans! Please stay tuned to our Jazz Festival page for announcements regarding the Jazz Festival in March, 2014!

2009 - 2010 Chamber Series @ St. Mary's Chapel

This year we are pleased to welcome the Pyxis Piano Quartet!  Join us for this free concert on Sunday, March 21, 2010 at 3pm in St. Mary's Chapel.  While this is a free event, reservations are required.  Reserve your seat by visiting http://pyxisvillanova.eventbrite.com/.  We do encourage your free-will donation at the door - your generosity will help fund the Chamber Series.  Wondering how much to donate? A ticket for a similar event in the city would cost about $20-$25 (plus parking or a train ticket). We welcome any contribution however, and a contribution to our series is certainly not required!   Children are welcome to our events.

Event Parking

Parking in the lot of St. Mary's Hall is limited. Parking at the high-rise (3 story) lot on the other side of Spring Mill road is plentiful. St. Mary's parking lot entrance is on County Line Road. The exact location of the lot entrance may be found by searching for 1740 county line road, 19085 in any online map program or with GPS. There is no access for visitors to the portion of the lot beyond the gate with card access.
The High-Rise Lot (or Law School Lot) is on the South side of Spring Mill Road. The exact location of the lot entrance may be found by searching for 380 spring mill road, 19085 in any online map program or with GPS. The lot is very visible from the street.

The Pyxis Piano Quartet

The Pyxis Piano Quartet was founded in 2009 to perform chamber music of the highest caliber. Having forged outstanding individual careers as recitalists, soloists, chamber musicians, and orchestral players, the musicians of Pyxis have joined together to offer exciting programs which include works from the sonata, duo, and trio repertoire as well as standard and adventurous works for piano quartet. The group takes its name from the Pyxis constellation, also known as the Mariner’s Compass, and has as its symbol the compass rose.  The points of the compass rose mark the directions of the four winds and represent the new artistic directions the group will travel together while drawing upon the individual backgrounds and experiences of its musicians.

The Program
Maurice Ravel - Sonata for Violin & 'Cello
Gabriel Faure - Piano Quartet No. 1 in c minor

About the Artists
Amy Leonard
,
viola, has studied viola, piano, and voice, with viola performance degrees from the Oberlin Conservatory and the Manhattan School of Music.  As well as having a teaching career, she is an active recitalist and chamber musician and performs with the Delaware Symphony Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Ballet Orchestra, Philly Pops, Princeton Symphony, Relache, Brandywine Baroque, and Tempesta di Mare.

Meredith Amado, violin, has been heard as a soloist, orchestra player, and chamber musician throughout the United States and abroad. She received her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from The Juilliard School. The former Associate Concertmaster of the Delaware Symphony, she has also played in The Saint Louis Symphony, New Jersey Symphony, Oregon Symphony, Oregon Ballet, American Symphony Orchestra, and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s. Ms. Amado is currently on the faculty of the Pennsylvania Academy of Music. 

Jie Jin, cello, has performed with the Cleveland Orchestra, Boston Symphony, Houston Symphony, and New World Symphony, as well as at festivals world-wide.  Lauded in her native China, she appeared in Isaac Stern’s Oscar-winning documentary From Mao to Mozart. Ms. Jin received her Bachelor’s degree in cello performance from Shanghai Conservatory of Music and her Master’s from Rice University.  She is currently principal cello of the Bay-Atlantic Symphony and section cello of the Delaware Symphony, Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, and Harrisburg Symphony. 

Hiroko Yamazaki, piano, has performed throughout the United States and abroad as both a soloist and a collaborator. In 2009, she was featured in the Delaware Symphony Champagne Chamber Series.  Ms. Yamazaki graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance and a Master of Music in Collaborative Piano degree from the University of Maryland.  She teaches and coaches both locally and also at the Aspen Music School and Festival.

A Sampling of Past Chamber Series Events

The American Piano Trio
Faculty ensemble-in-residence at Ball State University

The Pablo Baptista Percussion Ensemble
Presenting the rhythms of Yoruba and other Afro-Caribbean nations

Jazz for Children presents Ella Fitzgerald Sang Bop Boo Day
Through songs, poems, and stories, Louise Rogers celebrates the jazz greats who influenced Ella Fitzgerald.  Featuring songs from Louise Rogers' albums "Bop Boo Day!" and "Jazzy Fairy Tales" (being released in Spring 2007).  Visit the Louise Rogers website.

The Denis DiBlasio/George Rabbai Jazz Quintet
with special guest Jim McFalls, trombone

The New Jersey Saxophone Quartet under the direction of Jerry Nowak

The Elysium Concert Opera of Philadelphia presents A Celebration of Mozart

The program included favorite scenes and arias from Don Giovanni, Abduction from the Seraglio, The Magic Flute, Così fan Tutte, and The Marriage of Figaro; and sacred music from Mozart Requiem and the Mass in C.

The Elysium Concert Opera of Philadelphia features many local young artists, including Wayne Bylsma, Veronica Chapman-Smith, Noël Graves-Williams, Baily Hale, Christine Nass, James Osby, and Charity Wicks.

Ayo Brazil
It's time for Carnivale! This group of international musicians brings the feel of Rio to Villanova.

The dePasquale String Quartet
One of our most anticipated performances of the entire season.

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Featured Event


The Villanova Student Theatre presents
An Evening of One Acts
St. Mary's Theater, January 27-31

Upcoming Auditions

Music Activities Group Auditions

Student Theatre and Musical Theater have held auditions for their first spring shows.   Watch for an audition announcement for VSMT's 3rd Show and their end of semester Cabaret.

Acapella, auditioned Dance Groups, and Theater Groups with Fall Productions have all held their Auditions.   Check back near the end of the semester for mid-academic year opportunities to audition.

Other Auditions
Most groups do not require auditions.  Please join us at a rehearsal!

Rehearsals

Join one of our performing groups! Stop by a rehearsal!

Instrumental

  • Band - Mon & Tu 6-8pm.  St. Mary's Band Room.
  • Jazz Band - Wed 6-8pm, St. Mary's Jazz Room.
  • Orchestra - Mon 8-10pm, St. Mary's Chapel.  Strings only Thurs 6-8pm, St. Mary's Chapel.  

Choral

  • Gospel Choir - Tu & Th 5:30-7:30, St. Mary's Chapel (Tu) & Jazz Band Room (Th)
  • Villanova Voices - MW 5-6:30; St. Mary's Chapel.  
  • Villanova Singers - MW 5-6:30; St. Mary's Auditorium. 

Theatre

  • Villanova Student Musical Theatre - To get involved, join us at a General Meeting, 2:30-3:30pm - St. Mary's Auditorium, 8/29, 9/5, 9/19, 10/3, 10/10, 10/24, 11/14, 11/21, 12/5.   Rehearsals for auditioned parts are held prior to productions.
  • Villanova Student Theatre - Rehearsals for auditioned parts are held prior to productions.

Dance - Dance Rehearsal Schedules to be announced

  • Dance Company/Ensemble
  • 'Nova Nassa
  • Ablaze
  • Irish Dance Team
  • Wazobia

A Capella - A Capella schedules to be determined after fall auditions

  • Haveners
  • Nothing but Treble
  • Sirens
  • Supernovas
  • Minor Problem
  • Vocal Minority

Villanova Music Downloads

* vualmamater.pdf
VU Alma Mater Sheet Music
* alma_mater_band.mp3
VU Alma Mater Played by VU Band
* alma_mater_singers.mp3
VU Alma Mater Sung by VU Singers
* vufightsong.pdf
VU Fight Song Sheet Music
* fight_song.mp3
VU Fight Song Performed by VU Band