lyrica chamber music

“you hear the same musicians as you might in Carnegie Hall or at Lincoln Center... but it’s right in our backyard.”


Lyrica Chamber Music was founded in 1987 by the pianist Mariel Bossert, and has become one of the longest running chamber music series in Morris County history.

Lyrica brings musicians of national and international stature to perform in an informal, intimate, and welcoming community setting, and to conduct residencies in collaboration with local community partners.

Over three decades, these artists have included Grammy winners and nominees, such as the Enso and Emerson String Quartets, as well as the Attacca, Ariel and Tesla Quartets, members of Imani Winds, string players such as Mark Kaplan, Tessa Lark, Rachel Lee Priday, Arnaud Sussmann, Joshua Roman, Samuel Rhodes, and the late Joseph Silverstein.

Lyrica has sponsored a Young Composer’s Competition, a chamber orchestra, and has released a commercial recording of music by Nancy Galbraith.  

Decoda, the Affiliate Ensemble of Carnegie Hall, has become an unofficial ensemble in residence at Lyrica, bringing along its uniquely innovative approach to performance and community engagement.  

The Sundays@3pm concert series has long been hosted by the Presbyterian Church of Chatham Township on Southern Blvd., beloved for its stunning acoustic that are both warm and clear.

Lyrica remains committed to providing the highest quality chamber music for the lowest possible price, and depends on the generosity of its supporters.

Lyrica has consistently provided opportunities for young artists and composers to work alongside established colleagues.

Currently serving as Co-Artistic Directors are pianist David Kaplan and cellist Ani Kalayjian. Previous artistic directors include composer/conductor Adam D. Waite and violinist Laura Bossert.

Mission Statement:

Lyrica Chamber Music’s mission is to spark passion for live performance, chamber music, and community by creating world-class, innovative programs in a welcoming and inclusive space of collective discovery. Lyrica seeks to:

  1. Present performances of world class artistic quality;

  2. Create a welcoming and inclusive atmosphere for both artists and audiences;

  3. Partner with schools, senior centers, businesses, and other community organizations throughout Morris County to foster broad access to music;

  4. Create innovative and diverse programs, including: baroque music, classical masterworks, music by living composers, folk and jazz artists, and artists who blur the lines between these genres;

  5. Support emerging artists and composers by featuring them alongside established colleagues, and promote equity by including music and artists from diverse backgrounds.


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Photo: Mike Tschappat