Northwestern has a long tradition of great chamber music performances by outstanding student, faculty, and world renowned guest performers.

Chamber music students participate in weekly coachings with their assigned master teacher, as well as weekly master class settings with guest artists and Bienen School faculty. These classes present topics in chamber music as well as the more typical instruction between faculty and student ensembles. The school offers a referral service for chamber groups seeking performance opportunities in the Chicago area.

The Bienen School hosts renowned chamber groups each year through the annual Winter Chamber Music Festival. Additionally, the Dover Quartet has served as Quartet-in-Residence at the Bienen School since 2015.