Natalie Lin Douglas and Marcus Thompson, Co-Coordinators


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

The MIT Chamber Music Society, coordinated by Natalie Lin Douglas and Marcus Thompson, is comprised of students selected by audition to form small groups, study and perform classical chamber music repertoire, or arrangements for MIT CMS Jazz Combos or MIT Vocal Jazz Ensemble*.

Membership in Chamber Music Society is by audition at the start of each semester for new participants. Returning members must indicate interest by signing up for placement on the MTA website. All members are expected to meet the same standards for preparation, attendance, and performance whether studying for credit or not. 

The smallest groups rehearse independently and are coached in a one-hour session each week by MIT faculty and staff. Weekly coaching sessions are preparation for end-of-semester public performance. Pianists may be assigned to 21M.451 Studio Accompanying for Pianists. 

Read answers to MIT CMS FAQs here

*See the MIT VJE and MIT CMS Jazz Combos Pages for more information



Classical Faculty

Natalie Lin Douglas
Marcus Thompson
John Harbison
Jean Rife
Eileen Huang

Jazz Faculty

Fred Harris - Coordinator
Keala Kaumeheiwa - Jazz Combos
Laura Grill Jaye - Vocal Jazz Ensemble



A required meeting for new and returning students will take place at 7pm on Monday, January 24, 2022 in Killian Hall. Auditions for NEW members will begin immediately after the meeting (7:20pm), also in Killian Hall. Students who participated last semester need not audition, but at least one member of each pre-existing group is required to meet with the CMS faculty in Killian at 7pm on Monday, January 24th. Returning members must also fill out the form below.

Audition Requirements: Two solo pieces of contrasting styles and a prepared excerpt that will be provided a day before the audition.

Audition registrations will close on Friday, January 21, 2022 at 12pm. Please use the links below to sign up before then.

New Members: Auditions are currently closed for Spring '22

Returning Members: Auditions are currently closed for Spring '22

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


Audition Information For All Music Ensembles