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About the Podcast

Welcome to The Counterpoint Club, a chamber music podcast!

Join the Skyros Quartet as we explore chamber music history, rehearsal ideas, performance techniques, and conversations with special guests – all with a dash of frivolity! The Counterpoint Club is a program of the nonprofit organization Chamber Music Madness located in Seattle, WA.

The Counterpoint Club is a place for anyone with an interest in chamber music to learn about the art form. Our debut season, Opus 1, features five episodes, covering broad themes. Whether you are a musician, a middle or high school student, a university music major, or an adult amateur, we welcome you to discover and explore the fascinating role of chamber music within the larger history of Western classical music. And if you are here just to learn more about chamber music as someone who loves listening to chamber music, think of this as a behind-the- scenes look at our process, all the tiny threads that come together to create a final performance of the music you so enjoy!

Skyros Quartet

The Counterpoint Club is hosted by the Skyros Quartet: Sarah Pizzichemi, Brandon Vance, Justin Kurys, and Willie Braun. Founded in 2010 at the University of Texas at Austin, the Skyros Quartet is now based in the Seattle area. In addition to their educational work as Artistic Directors for Chamber Music Madness, the Skyros Quartet has appeared in concert across the Puget Sound region, with past tours across the US, Canada, and China. For more information, please visit their website:

So why The Counterpoint Club? We chose to name our podcast after counterpoint, which is the way that different independent lines interact with each to create a texture. Chamber music is much the same; a group of musicians whose individual and independent lines interact to create a larger work. Similarly, we will bring our individual voices, ideas, music, and knowledge together to share with you in this podcast. We landed on Club because we wanted to create an inclusive group for anyone interested in chamber music.