Chamber Music Encounters

Members of the Avalon  String Quartet

Event Cancelation

Our top priority at NIU is the health and well-being of our campus community. In response to the rapidly changing developments related to Coronavirus (COVID-19), we have made the decision to cancel the Chamber Music Encounters for 2021. This event will return in the spring of 2022

This intensive music program brings together some of the best high school string chamber ensembles in Illinois. Students have the opportunity to work with NIU faculty members and the renowned Avalon String Quartet. Activities take place over the course of two days and include:

  • A faculty performance
  • Group discussions
  • Coaching sessions
  • Master classes
  • A final performance

The program takes place in the Music Building. Students stay in the nearby Holmes Student Center.

View a tentative schedule for the day.


Please contact Kristin Sherman at or 815-753-1450 for more information about refunds.


Students work with several NIU faculty members, as well as the Avalon String Quartet, one of the country's leading chamber music ensembles. The members of the Avalon String Quartet include: Blaise Magniere, Marie Wang, Anthony Devroye and Cheng-Hou Lee are also NIU faculty members.

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College of Visual and Performing Arts
Office of External Programs

Music Building 132

Kristin Sherman

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Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
(lunch from noon – 1 p.m.)

To protect the safety of our staff, students and families, we will operate remotely until further notice. Our staff will be available at their remote offices during normal NIU business hours and can be contacted via phone or email.

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