string quartet Intensive
NEW for 23-24!
We love Chamber Music, and we think you will too! But in our time of busy schedules and diverse interests, we understand that it won't be everyone's top priority. We want to be a home for both the young person who wants chamber music to be the top priority in their musical life, as well as the serious musician who is just looking for another outlet for their art.
So, to better match our member's interest and ability levels, we have added an option to the application where you can describe the role that you would like for your quartet to play in your musical life!
We are also very fortunate to live in an area with some extreme talent, and we want to give you an opportunity to showcase yours! So, new this year, we are now offering an Advanced Audition option for new applicants. Member's weekly experience won't differ based on which audition they take, this just helps us to better match you with other applicants of similar ability levels.
The Advanced Audition will include the same Mendelssohn excerpt that all applicants will play, as well as two additional excerpts that highlight different challenges for your specific instrument.
how your audition experience is different
Following performance of your prepared solo, you’ll be asked to sit in and perform your prepared string quartet excerpt alongside the judges. Judges will interact with you in a ‘mini-coaching’ of sorts, asking questions about the music or requesting to go back and rehearse a section or two of the music. We love being able to interact with you during this portion of the audition, and your perspectives are encouraged!
The day of the Audition
St. George’s Episcopal Church, 915 N Oakland St, Arlington, VA 22203
When to Arrive
You may arrive up to thirty minutes prior to your assigned audition time, which will be confirmed one week prior to the audition date.
What to Expect
A friendly environment! We truly want you to perform your best, and particularly while performing the chamber music excerpt, we are looking for your unique understanding of the music and the potential you have in collaborating with others in a string quartet. Don’t be surprised if we ask you questions about you and your experience with your instrument. We want you to enjoy yourself!
If you or someone you know may be interested in joining our program, please be in touch and consider coming to one of our performances. We'd love to get to know you and answer any questions you might have!