Now celebrating our 29th season of excellence, the Southeast’s largest and most active chamber music organization brings together some of the city’s finest resident musicians with internationally-known performers who are dedicated to performing the most delightful, exciting, and interesting music from the chamber repertoire in some of the most acoustically and visually beautiful spaces in Atlanta. Guests have included Yo-Yo Ma, Richard Stoltzman, Alan Gilbert, Dave Brubeck, William Preucil, Eliot Fisk, Robert Spano and many others.

Our Mission

The ECMSA's mission is to create new generations of passionate and educated music lovers who will cherish and support this great art forever.

In addition to presenting four Series, the Emerson Evening, the Cooke Noontime, the Bach’s Lunch, and a Family Concert Series, the Society tours, participates in recording projects, the commissioning of new works, and numerous community-outreach activities. New this season is the Fentress Waits Cannon Chapel Concert.

Education is the integral part of the ECMSA’s mission, and members teach in a wide variety of ways throughout the University and greater community, coach student chamber music ensembles, and give private lessons. We also offer the Masterclass Series, giving the public an opportunity to observe master musicians working with some of Emory’s finest undergraduate talents.

Emory’s String Quartet-in-Residence program, held by the international award-winning Vega Quartet, lies at the heart of the ECMSA’s mission to spread this great music throughout the community, reaching audiences ages 2 to 102. The Vega is the first professional string quartet to ever make Atlanta their home base and as such, they are having a transformational effect on music education and performance throughout the area. The Vega gives 16 interdisciplinary classes each year across the curriculum in all the Schools of the University, and our newest initiative, Music for Healing, takes the Vega to health care centers around the Atlanta area bringing live music to those who need it most.

All ECMSA concerts this season will again be free of charge, making this great music available to all.

ECMSA Participation & Education

Community Participation

In addition to the series, the ECMSA participates in: tours, recording projects, the commissioning of new works and community-outreach activities.

NEW: The Fentress Waits Concert

Education is the integral part of the ECMSA's mission.

Society members teach throughout the University and greater community by: coaching student chamber music ensembles; Giving private lessons; and Giving the public an opportunity to observe master musicians working with some of Emory's finest undergraduate talents.

New: Masterclass Series

William Ransom

Artistic Director


William Ransom

Our Supporters

The Emory Chamber Music Society of Atlanta is supported by:

  • The Cherry L. Emerson Endowment
  • The Rebecca Katz-Doft Chamber Music Endowment
  • A major gift from Dr. John Cooke
  • The Ethel Orentlicher Gershon Fund
  • A gift from Dr. James Waits
  • The Office of Educational Programs at the Michael C. Carlos Museum
  • And by ongoing donations from music lovers like you.

Board of Advisors 2021-2022

Jennifer Barlament

Dr. Guy Benian

Dr. Paul Bhasin (Co-Chair)

Dr. John Cooke

Sheila Lee Davies

Dr. Carlos del Rio

Robert Edge

Dr. William Eley

Eve Gu

Elizabeth Hornor

Ben Johnson (Co-Chair)

Hays Mershon

Anne Morgan

Gary Motley

William Ransom (Artistic Director)

Lois Reitzes

Dr. Raymond Schinazi

Dr. June Scott

Alex Simmons

Chilton Varner

Katherine Whitehead