In-School Visiting Artists Program

The opportunity to participate in high quality cultural activities can enhance and transform a school culture, generating the kind of excitement that motivates learning.  Through music, students learn the cognitive and critical thinking skills needed to think artistically and creatively.

The Chamber Music Society of Detroit’s in-school visiting artists program provide well designed introductory chamber music lecture-demonstration programs for general student populations, elementary through high school ages.  Internationally acclaimed artists with special expertise as teaching artists challenge students to listen actively and contribute their own thoughts and impressions. The programming variety exposes students to instruments and types of music they might otherwise experience, helping to expand their appreciation of the arts and the world. 

2016-2017 Visiting Artists

Upcoming Program

Celino Romero, guitar 
March 30 - April 1, 2017

Celino Romero is the youngest member of the legendary “Royal Family of the Guitar,” The Romeros.  A veritable institution in the world of classical music, The Romeros guitar quartet was founded by the celebrated Spanish guitarist Celedonio Romero with his sons Celin, Pepe and Angel. The ensemble today consists of the second generation (Celin and Pepe) and third generation (Celino and Lito) of The Romeros. Celino began his studies with his father and grandfather at age three and joined the quartet in 1990. Highlights of his career with the ensemble include concerts in major venues worldwide, two invitations to perform at the White House, numerous television appearances and a President’s Merit Award from the GRAMMYS in honor of the Romeros’ artistic achievements.

In addition to over 25 years as a member of The Romeros, Celino is also active as a soloist and teacher, giving master classes in the U.S. and abroad.  Recently the publishing company Music Sales Group released Celino’s guitar method, “The Art of Spanish Guitar,” which elucidates the distinctive musical and technical approach of his illustrious family to the classical guitar.

This spring Celino will return for his third residency appearances in metro Detroit.  Please contact Faith Scholfield at Faith@CMSDetroit.org or 313-960-4233 if your school is interested in participating.

2016-17 Past Programs

Harlem Quartet with Aldo Lopez-Gavilan
October 19 & 20, 2016

The Grammy-Award winning Harlem Quartet, founded by the nationally renowned Detroit-based Sphinx Organization, is dedicated to increasing black and Latino participation in concert music.  Since its public debut in 2006 at Carnegie Hall, the New York-based Harlem Quartet has performed throughout the U.S. as well as in France, the U.K., Belgium, Panama, Canada, and in South Africa, performing diverse and often genre-bending repertoire that encompasses the classics, jazz and new music. 

Pianist Aldo Lopez-Gavilan, brother of the Harlem Quartet’s first violinist Ilmar Gavilan, has become known for his mastery of both classical piano repertoire and the Afro-Cuban jazz tradition.

In addition to appearing on the CMSDetroit’s Midtown Series in concert, the Quartet and Aldo Lopez-Gavilan participated three days of residency activities, including talks and workshops for various ensembles at Wayne State University, Cass Technical High School and the Detroit School of Arts.

Cavani String Quartet

December 1 & 2, 2016

Quartet-in-residence at the renowned Cleveland Institute of Music since 1988 and winner of numerous accolades, including the Naumburg Award, the Cleveland Quartet Award and the Banff, Fishoff and Coleman Competitions, the Cavani Quartet has been hailed as passionate and inspiring ambassadors for chamber music.  In addition to concertizing annually in major cities across the U.S. and abroad, the Cavani Quartet has maintained a decades-long commitment to innovative and compelling programming and to sharing its passion for chamber music with audiences of all ages and all walks of life.  A dynamic leader in the field of Arts in Education, the Quartet has received no fewer than ten Chamber Music America Residency Partnership Grants, including one for serving as Master Quartet in Residence with the Chamber Music Society of Detroit in 2014-15.

The Cavani Quartet gave performance lectures and coached student ensembles at three metropolitan area high schools: Farmington Hills High School, Bloomfield Hills High School and Cranbrook Upper School.

Pacifica Quartet

January 18-19, 2017

Recognized for its virtuosity and daring repertory choices, over the past two decades the Pacifica Quartet has gained international stature as one of the finest chamber ensembles performing today. The Pacifica tours extensively throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, and Australia, performing regularly in the world’s major concert halls. Named the quartet-in-residence at Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music in March 2012, the Pacifica was also the quartet-in-residence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (2009 – 2012) – a position that has otherwise been held only by the Guarneri String Quartet – and received the 2009 Grammy for Best Chamber Music Performance.

The Pacifica Quartet has maintained a strong commitment to education throughout its history: its members served on the faculty of the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign, it was Quartet in Residence at the University of Chicago, and has taught regularly at summer festivals. 

In January the Pacifica participated in its third residency for the Chamber Music Society of Detroit, giving performance-lectures and coachings at Farmington High School, Edsel Ford High School, Cornerstone Schools, and a performance for associates of Recovery Park, a Detroit non-profit agricultural enterprise whose mission is to provide jobs for people with barriers to employment.