The Chihara Trio, formed in 2009, consists of Penn State School of Music faculty members Anthony Costa (clarinet), Tim Deighton (viola), and former faculty member Enrico Elisi (piano). The group takes its name from the celebrated American composer Paul Chihara (b. 1938), who was commissioned to write a new work for the trio that was premiered in 2009/10. The Chihara Trio performed its New York debut recital March 25, 2010 in Carnegie's Weill Hall. The instrumentation of the ensemble, represents three major areas of performance in the school of music (winds, strings, and piano). Important contributions to this instrumental genre include compositions by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Max Bruch, Jean Francaix, Libby Larsen, Robert Schumann, Alfred Uhl and Gordon Jacob.