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 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 Collaborative Piano. 

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

View answers to MIT CMS Frequently Asked Questions here


Classical Faculty

Natalie Lin Douglas,
Mi-Eun Kim,
Marcus Thompson,
Jean Rife,



  • A required meeting for new and returning students will take place on Monday, January 29th 2024 at 5:00pm in Killian Hall. 

  • 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.

    • 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. 

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

  • CMS registrations will close on Sunday, January 28th, 2024 at 11:59pm. Please use the links below to sign up before then.

  • Applications received after the deadline may be added to a waitlist. To inquire about being added to the waitlist, email Riley Vogel ( If we are able to accommodate your request, you will be contacted prior to the audition date with an appointment.


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


Audition Information For All Music Ensembles