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Important Information
  • Program dates: Six weeks, June 20 through August 5, 2018
  • Open to pre-existing ensembles
  • All students receive fellowships covering tuition and room/board OR stipend
  • Video audition recordings are required
  • Group resume, individual biographies, repertoire list, and 2 letters of recommendation are required
Fees & Deadlines
Deadline: January 2, 2018
Applications will be accepted beginning September 15, 2017

Application Fee

$25 if you apply by October 1, 2017
$60 if you apply between October 2 and December 1, 2017
$125 if you apply between December 2, 2017, and January 2, 2018


The Center for Advanced Quartet Studies is this country's premier training program for emerging string quartets. Alumni of the Center are among today's celebrated quartets and have won numerous prestigious chamber music awards and competitions. Instructors and coaches include members of the world's preeminent string quartets: the Pacifica Quartet (Simin Ganatra, Austin Hartman, Guy Ben-Ziony, and Brandon Vamos), the Jupiter String Quartet Nelson Lee, Meg Freivogel, Liz Freivogel, and Daniel McDonough), the Escher String Quartet (Adam Barnett-Hart, Aaron Boyd, Pierre Lapointe, and Brook Speltz), James Dunham (former violist of the Cleveland Quartet), Sylvia Rosenberg, and Donald Weilerstein (former first violinist of the Cleveland Quartet).

Invited groups will immerse themselves in their preparations in a spectacular and inspiring environment with room and board provided or the option to receive a stipend toward off-campus housing expenses. Six weeks of intensive study devoted exclusively to quartet repertoire and performance practice will ensue.

Participating quartets can expect a rigorous schedule of daily studio and master classes along with four-six hours of rehearsal, weekly public master classes, and individual and group formal program recitals in addition to numerous other public performances.  Students have the option to study privately with members of the Pacifica Quartet or other string artist-faculty. They also may participate in the full spectrum of musical activities offered by the AMFS including concerts, recitals, lectures, panels, and more.

Admitted groups will be expected to participate in a number of community engagement activities and performances.

The Center for Advanced Quartet Studies was established by Claus Adam and Gordon Hardy through the generosity of Mrs. Jane W. Kitselman.

 

How to Apply

APPLICATIONS FOR THE 2018 SEASON WILL BE ACCEPTED BEGINNING SEPTEMBER 15

  • Group resume required
  • Individual biographies required
  • Repertoire list required
  • Two letters of recommendation required
  • One member of the ensemble should apply under their name on behalf of the group

Quartet members may simultaneously apply as individuals for the Orchestra/Instrumental Program and for the Center for Advanced Quartet Studies opportunity. Applicants who are interested in applying on their instrument for the Orchestra/Instrumental Program must submit a second application and the applicable fee at the time of submission. .

Audition Repertoire

Please note: There is no live audition.

Recorded Audition

VIDEO recording of two contrasting movements of contrasting works

Robert Spano, Music Director

Alan Fletcher, President and CEO