About Us

Founded in 1949 by composer and educator Martha Beck Carragan, Friends of Chamber Music of Troy, New York aims to expand the audience for a full range of chamber music — both the known and the new — played by world-class musicians and ensembles, many of whom we are introducing to the Capital Region for the first time.

We present a series of five concerts each year, building on our tradition of showcasing excellent musicians and exceptional programming at prices that allow a diverse audience to experience this beautiful music.

In 2018, Friends of Chamber Music became a regular stop on the triennial Banff International String Quartet Winner’s Tour.

Chamber music, or music in which only one instrument plays each line, is often called the music closest to the composer’s heart, because it is written to be played and heard by confidants, friends and peers. Although the string quartet is the most familiar form, our ensembles have included many combinations of strings, winds, and even voice.

Kiggins Auditorium in Slocum Hall at the gorgeous Emma Willard School in Troy is both an intimate and acoustically superb setting. There is free parking on site, and handicapped access is available.

More detail on parking

Most parking is available at the large lot on the right after you turn in at the main entrance on Pawling, bear right, and drive past a few buildings that will be on your left. If you’re early, there are sometimes also a few spots in the circle (stay straight) or immediately across from Slocum Hall. (All lots have handicapped spots.) The concert entrance to Slocum Hall (the door with handicapped access) faces the interior courtyard. You do not need to check in with security if you’re just attending the concert.

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