The Heifetz Institute has initiated a special string quartet opportunity reserved for applicants under 20 who have a strong interest and background in chamber music performance.
The Shenandoah String Quartet program is designed exclusively for four selected students to have an immersive experience in chamber music literature, learning at the hand from members of some of the world’s most accomplished string quartets and string pedagogues. The selected quartet will receive:
- A minimum of three coachings per week in string quartet literature, two from members of the 2019 Chamber Music Studio (including the Ensemble-in-Residence Borromeo String Quartet) and one from a faculty practice coach assigned to work with the ensemble.
- A guaranteed performance in one Friday night Celebrity Series concert of a major chamber work alongside the world-renowned Heifetz Institute faculty performers.
- Members will also spend time rehearsing and performing at least one other expanded chamber work, working with artists on our Collaborative Piano staff and/or students in our new Double Bass studio.
- Participation in the brand-new Baroque Vocal Workshop, receiving high-level coaching from conductor and Baroque expert David Stern in Baroque technique, and will participate in the rehearsals and a culminating public performance of scenes and arias from Baroque operas. This final concert will take place in the iconic Blackfriars Playhouse of Staunton’s American Shakespeare Center, a faithful replica of Shakespeare’s Elizabeth-era indoor theatre in London.
- Each member of the quartet will also receive once-a-week private lessons from our Heifetz Institute faculty. A weekly schedule of the teachers of the private lessons will be issued to te students after their acceptance into the program.
- Additional private lessons, billed at the rate of $75 per hour, are available from Heifetz Institute Artists in Residence – some of our most accomplished alumni – as well as our students who are in either Masters or DMA programs at such conservatories as Juilliard, New England Conservatory, the Eastman School, USC, etc.
- Quartet members will also participate in Heifetz Performance and Communication Training classes, and will also be eligible to participate in master classes, seminars, and other functions, and enjoy full access to all concerts and all other public functions presented by the Heifetz International Music Institute.
- Shenandoah Quartet members will be eligible to perform in all Heifetz-sponsored outreach events, including our “Stars of Tomorrow” concerts on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday nights, Wednesday “Midweek Matinees” our Saturday night “Heifetz Hootenannies,” and Sunday night “Heifetz LAB” (closed to the general public) concerts, and she and the quartet will receive other performance opportunities as well.
Audition Requirements for the Shenandoah Quartet
- All applicants to the Shenandoah Quartet program are required to submit a list of chamber music repertoire.
- Students may apply either individually or as a pre-formed group. However, there is no reduction in application fees for this program.
- Repertoire requirements are identical to the requirements for the regular Institute program.
Note: Participants selected for the Shenandoah Quartet Program will be required to arrive at the Institute no later than 12 Noon EDT on Monday, June 24th 2019.