CMSU selects and produces an annual series of concerts with national and international ensembles of note.  The Society also prides itself on introducing promising upcoming groups, a remarkable number of which go
on to their own stellar careers.  


We are among this country’s oldest presenting-organizations for chamber music, surviving thanks to the enthusiasm of our patrons - who have come to feel like a community, attending concerts year after year, introducing friends and family to the series, and providing support of a most concrete sort with their generous contributions.


Chamber music, with its limited number of musicians responding directly to each other in the intimacy of a small performance hall, creates a unique and highly-valued connection between performers and audience. This relationship is further enhanced at the receptions following our opening and closing concerts of the season where performers and audience members meet and mingle. Sadly, this pleasure will be deferred for the 2021-22 season due to Covid concerns.


For over 80 years, CMSU has relied on the unstinting volunteer labor of its Board of Trustees to run every aspect of the organization, without paid staff or office space.  The current Board of Trustees consists of:


     Susanna Watling, President

     Bob Verkuyl, Treasurer

     Rand Carter, Recording Secretary

Natalie Combar, Suzanne Costanza, Betty Lou Frye, Patricia Durante,
David Goldenson, Joan Gorton,Timothy Gorton, Anita Humer, Jane McDermid,
Jan Moore, Jean Morris, Lee Priore, Linda Slavin, Sar-Shalom Strong,
Heidi von Bergen, Marietta von Bernuth, JoElyn Wakefield-Wright, Laurence Zoeckler, Raymond Zoeckler

75 Years of History

A history was composed in 2016 to celebrate the first 75 years of the Chamber Music Society of Utica. Please click the link below to view the full history.

Contact Information


Chamber Music Society of Utica

P.O. Box 8149

Utica, NY 13505


Natalie Combar, Ticket Chair
315 507-3597


Susanna Watling, President 
315 794-9741

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