Conservatory Outreach

Cellist James Jaffe’s playing has been praised by the Cleveland Plain Dealer for its
“tear-inducing poignancy.” His renowned teachers include Stephen Geber, Richard Aaron, and Milly Rosner, and he holds degrees in performance from the University of Michigan and the Cleveland Institute of Music. Mr. Jaffe began studying cello at age ten, and gave his first public recital three years later. He has since appeared as a soloist with the National Repertory Orchestra, St. John’s Chamber Orchestra, the Diablo Symphony Orchestra, the Prometheus Orchestra, the Peninsula Symphony, and the Sacramento Youth Symphony. Mr. Jaffe’s captivation with contemporary music has led to recent performances of Luciano Berio’s Sequenza XIV and Chinary Ung’s Khse Buon, in addition to a collaboration with Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Steven Stucky. His substantial experience in early music performance includes studies with Edward Parmentier and members of Apollo’s Fire.
Mr. Jaffe is a founding member of the CityMusic Cleveland Quartet, the prizewinning
San Andreas Trio, and Trio Gestalt, which represented the Cleveland Institute of Music at the 2012 Fischoff Chamber Music Competition. As a member of the Hudson Chamber Players, Mr. Jaffe spent the past two summers performing chamber works with CIM faculty and distinguished alumni in Hudson, Ohio, former home of Encore School for Strings. He has also participated in the CIM Intensive Quartet Seminar and served as the cellist of the U-M School of Music Graduate Quartet. As a teacher, Mr. Jaffe maintains a private studio and has served as the Cello Mentor of the Detroit Symphony’s Civic Orchestra. He is a current member of CityMusic Cleveland and the Canton Symphony Orchestra.
Mr. Jaffe held the principal cello position at the National Repertory Orchestra in Breckenridge, CO in 2011. In other recent summers Mr. Jaffe attended the Astona International
Academy in Switzerland and the Aspen Music Festival as a fellowship student. He has traveled to Italy to participate in the Casalmaggiore International Music Festival, coached chamber groups at Ann Arbor’s PhoenixPhest, and performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. as a participant in the National Symphony Orchestra’s Summer Music Institute.

String Chamber Ensemble

For Advanced String Players

Consider becoming a part of a chamber music ensemble.  Chamber Music gives musicians the opportunity to develop musical independence while playing in a string trio, quartet or quintet.  Lead by professional cellist and chamber musician James Jaffe, this musical experience allows serious musicians to take their playing and performing skills to the next level.

When studying in a string chamber ensemble, you are given the opportunity to build close friendships with the other members of your group while developing musical independence and skills. In chamber ensembles, the absence of a conductor allows the individual members to make their own musical decisions. The benefits of studying chamber music include: the development of a strong sense of responsibility and commitment in group projects, as members are responsible for their own part and the ultimate success of the ensemble; learning to listen carefully to the other parts in an ensemble and balance their own parts accordingly; greater precision in intonation, rhythm, and dynamic range; and an even deeper understanding of tone color and production.  Chamber music, originally composed for recreation before later developing into performances at both private parties and public concerts, is a very enjoyable activity, linked often to a conversation among individual musicians.

Students will be formed into either string trios, quartets (2 violins, viola and cello) or quintets (2 violins, viola, cello and bass) based on ability.  Each chamber ensemble will rehearse with coach James Jaffe for 60 minutes each week.  The coachings are scheduled for Saturday mornings and early afternoons.  This will work out perfectly for students already enrolled in one of the BW Youth Orchestras.  Ensembles are also expected to, independent of their coach, schedule additional practice time as a group each week.  Ensembles will present a performance at the end of each semester.

Auditions are February 8th - Call to schedule a time

Coachings begin on February 15th

Location: Rooms 306 & 308 in the Kulas Musical Arts Building

Cost: $130 for 10 weeks of coaching, and end of semester performance plus a $15 registration fee

For more information, call 440-826-2365 or register for spring 2014 use the form below.  You will be contacted within 2 business days with a confirmed audition time once the audition times are scheduled.

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