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 5:30pm on Tuesday, September 6th in Killian Hall. Auditions for NEW members will begin immediately after the meeting (6pm), also in Killian Hall. Students who participated last academic year (2021-22) need not audition, but are still required to attend the 5:30pm meeting with the CMS faculty to discuss pre-formed groups, repertoire preferences, etc. 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. Each audition will last approximately 6 minutes.

Audition registrations will close on Tuesday, September 6th at 9am. Please use the links below to sign up before then.

New Members: Please Sign Up Here

Returning Members: Please Sign Up Here

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


Audition Information For All Music Ensembles