Members of the two most advanced orchestras, the Symphony and Philharmonia, are invited to participate in the HYS Chamber Music Program. Formed into string quartets, woodwind quintets and brass quintets, these ensembles learn how to perform in small groups with one player to a part, develop leadership, public speaking and team building skills and hone their performance mechanics under the direction of skilled chamber music coaches. Many of these young musicians are considering advanced music study and this program expands their learning and performance opportunities in meaningful ways. In addition to performing throughout the community for audiences with little or no access to live music in such venues as the Ronald McDonald House, Methodist Hospital and area assisted living residences, the season of instruction culminates in a public recital at Rice University’s Duncan Recital Hall.
In 2010, HYS formed a new partnership with the St. Cecilia Chamber Music Society, which provides master classes for the students with noted musicians such as former Cleveland String Quartet violist James Dunham and former Houston Symphony principle winds Robert Atherholt, oboe and Benjamin Kamins, bassoon. The partnership culminates with a concert featuring the HYS chamber ensembles on the St. Cecilia series at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church each April.
The HYS Chamber Music Program begins a collaboration in 2012 with Memorial Hermann's TIRR (The Institute for Rehabilitation and Research). Musicians perform for hospital patients and their families in conjunction with TIRR's Neurologic Music Therapy program.