Natalie Lin Douglas, Mi-Eun Kim, Jean Rife, and Marcus Thompson, Coordinators & Coaches


MIT Chamber Music Society may be taken for subject credit:  21M.445.

The MIT Chamber Music Society consists of students and community members selected by audition to study and perform the classical chamber music repertoire in assigned chamber groups. Ensemble configurations typically range in size from trios to quintets.

CMS groups rehearse independently, and are coached in weekly, one-hour sessions by MIT faculty and staff. These rehearsals and coachings prepare groups for their end-of-semester performances in a CMS Recital.

Current students should register for Chamber Music Society (21M.445) for credit (6) or as a listener. All members are expected to meet the same standards for preparation, attendance, and performance, whether registered for credit or not. 

For jazz opportunities under 21M.445, please visit MIT Jazz Combos.

For other small ensembles of non-western traditions, please email


CMS Coordinators & Coaches

Natalie Lin Douglas, (on leave Fall 2024)

Mi-Eun Kim,

Marcus Thompson,

Jean Rife,

Li-Mei Liang, (Fall 2024 only)



  • A required meeting for new and returning students will take place on Tuesday, September 3, 2024 at 5:00pm in Killian Hall

  • The deadline to sign up is Thursday, August 29th at 11:59pm. Please note that audition slots for new members are on a first come, first serve basis.

  • New Members: Auditions for new members will begin immediately after the meeting (5:30pm), also in Killian Hall. Please use the New Members sign-up below to reserve a time slot.

    • Audition Requirements: Two solo pieces of contrasting styles and a prepared excerpt that will be provided a day before the audition. Each audition will last approximately 6 minutes.

    • New Members Sign-Up Here

  • Returning Members: Students who participated in previous semesters need not audition, but are still required to attend the 5:00 pm meeting with the CMS faculty to discuss group assignments, repertoire preferences, etc. All returning members must each fill out the form below. 

    • Returning Members Sign-Up Here

    • Note: if you are a returning member but have not participated in CMS for three or more semesters, we recommend that you re-audition as a new member.

  • The CMS audition will also count for all new pianists, instrumentalists and non-E/HP singers interested in joining Collaborative Piano (21M.451).

  • Interested applicants who miss the deadline may be added to a waitlist. To inquire, email Riley Vogel (

  • For new members who are unable to audition in person, it is possible to submit a recorded audition, prior to the live audition date. The above audition requirements still apply, and a prepared excerpt will be sent to you a day before you submit your recordings. To arrange a date to send your recorded audition, please email Riley Vogel ( Please also make sure you still submit the New Member Sign-Up form (after your name, write “RECORDED AUDITION”), and select the latest available audition time.


*For MIT CMS Jazz audition opportunities, see the  MIT CMS Jazz Combos or MIT Vocal Jazz Ensemble pages.


Audition Information For All Music Ensembles