SLSQ Chamber Music Seminar at Stanford
June 20–29, 2014

 


Photo: Eric Cheng

 

A 10-day intensive seminar for advanced students (over 18 years of age) and adult amateurs with the Grammy-nominated St. Lawrence String Quartet and Special Guest Faculty

2014 Seminar highlights

KEYNOTE

Keynote Recital and Talk featuring Tyler Duncan (baritone)
Sunday, June 22 at 2:30 p.m.
Campbell Recital Hall, Braun Music Center

Free General Admission

CONCERTS

St. Lawrence String Quartet Summer Concert Series Program 1:
St. Lawrence String Quartet, Tyler Duncan (baritone), Pedja Muzijevic (piano)
Monday, June 23 at noon
Bing Concert Hall

Free General Admission
Presented by Stanford Department of Music and Stanford Live.

St. Lawrence String Quartet Summer Concert Series Program 2:
St. Lawrence String Quartet, Pedja Muzijevic (piano), Stephen Prutsman (piano), James Parker (piano), Emely Phelps (piano)
Wednesday, June 25 at noon
Bing Concert Hall

Free General Admission
Presented by Stanford Department of Music and Stanford Live.

St. Lawrence String Quartet Summer Concert Series Program 3:
Gryphon Trio, Chris Costanza (cello), Nina Lee (cello), Pedja Muzijevic (piano), Stephen Prutsman (piano)
Friday, June 27 at noon
Bing Concert Hall
Free General Admission
Presented by Stanford Department of Music and Stanford Live.

Azure Family Concert: Strings of Summer
Saturday, June 28 at 4 p.m.
Campbell Recital Hall, Braun Music Center

Free General Admission
Classical music presented by musicians of the St. Lawrence String Quartet Chamber Music Seminar – These free AZURE events are fun, friendly, and engaging 50-minute performances tailored for children and young adults who are on the autism spectrum or have similar challenges. Parents, family members, and caregivers are welcome. | Join the Azure Concerts mailing list for more information on Azure Family Concerts: email here.

International Showcase
Saturday, June 28 at 7:30 p.m.
Bing Concert Hall

Presented by Stanford Department of Music and Stanford Live.
The International Showcase featured four up-and-coming string quartets selected during the seminar:

  • The Diligent String Quartet
  • Excelsa String Quartet
  • Neave Piano Trio
  • Trio Cleonice

SLSQ Chamber Music Seminar Final Concert
Sunday, June 29 at 11 a.m.
Campbell Recital Hall, Braun Music Center

Free General Admission
A “marathon” performance by all seminar groups including professionals, students, and adult amateurs.

MASTERCLASSES

All masterclasses took place in Campbell Recital Hall from 4:30 - 6:00 p.m., and were free and open to the public.

Monday, June 23
Masterclass 1 SLSQ and guest faculty critique performances by the musicians of the Chamber Music Seminar

Tuesday, June 24
Masterclass 2 SLSQ and guest faculty critique performances by the musicians of the Chamber Music Seminar

Wednesday, June 25
Masterclass 3 SLSQ and guest faculty critique performances by the musicians of the Chamber Music Seminar

Thursday, June 26
Masterclass 4 SLSQ and guest faculty critique performances by the musicians of the Chamber Music Seminar

2014 Guest Faculty

Each summer, the SLSQ welcomes guests to join the seminar’s faculty. Their faculty for 2014 included:

About the SLSQ Chamber Music Seminar

This 10-day intensive program is designed for those with a serious ongoing interest in chamber music and follows a rigorous schedule of study and performance in a uniquely supportive environment, blending advanced students destined for careers in performance with aspiring adult musicians. During the seminar, participants receive dynamic instruction from members of the St. Lawrence String Quartet as well as special guest faculty in a relaxed and supportive atmosphere. Participants focus on one or two major works in chamber music literature while learning the delicate art of cooperation as part of an intimate group.

A typical day at the seminar is packed with activities. | The application period is now closed.

  • Morning Choral Session
  • Session 1 – Coaching with an SLSQ member
  • Session 2 – Rehearsal period
  • Lunch and conversation in the Campbell Courtyard
  • Session 3 – Coaching with guest faculty
  • Session 4 – Rehearsal period
  • Masterclass with SLSQ and guest faculty
  • Dinner – On your own!
  • Neuroscience Lecture at CCRMA with Stanford Faculty
  • Optional evening sight reading

Comments from Participants of the Chamber Music Seminar

I now have so many new ideas and tools to move forward with. Our work will be forever changed by this experience and I see many projects that will be directly influenced by our time at Stanford. – Rachel Desoer, cello, Cecilia String Quartet

The encouragement that we received during the seminar to try to think outside of the box, and to push our boundaries and imaginations, will keep our group striving to always grow and find connections throughout our musical lives. – Caitlin Boyle, viola, Cecilia Quartet

I truly believe there is no other place in the world that combines such an intense commitment to great music making with a spirit of discovery and friendship. – Alex Fortes, violin, New York City

Trying to describe the SLSQ seminar is like trying to describe the Grand Canyon: words fail. I can say it's and fun and all-consuming and rewarding, but none of those words really capture what it's like to be immersed in chamber music and marinate in the most energetic and inspiring environment. – Christine Choi, violin, Emergency Physician

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2013 Seminar Highlights

The 2013 Seminar brought together 67 participants from around the world to join with the St. Lawrence String Quartet and esteemed guest faculty members Mark Fewer (violin, and now a member of SLSQ), Rob Kapilow (composer and keynote speaker), Nina Lee (cello), Pedja Muzijevic (piano), Stephen Prutsman (piano), and Mikael Ringquist (percussionist). It was an exciting year with five free concerts held at the new Bing Concert Hall, as well as premiering the Azure Concert Series for families of children and young adults on the autism spectrum. Guest faculty member Georges Zeisel presented a four-part film series, The Musicians of the String Quartet. For details about past seminars, please visit the Seminar Archives.

About the St. Lawrence String Quartet

The St. Lawrence String Quartet (SLSQ) has established itself among the world-class chamber ensembles of its generation. Its mission: bring every piece of music to the audience in vivid color, with pronounced communication and teamwork, and great respect to the composer.

Since winning both the Banff International String Quartet Competition and Young Concert Artists International Auditions in 1992, the SLSQ has delighted audiences with its spontaneous, passionate, and dynamic performances. Alex Ross of The New Yorker magazine writes, “The St. Lawrence are remarkable not simply for the quality of their music making, exalted as it is, but for the joy they take in the act of connection.”

The artists have served on Stanford’s music faculty and as the university’s ensemble-in-residence since 1998. First violinist and founding member Geoff Nuttall began playing the violin at the age of eight after moving to London, Ontario, from Texas. Violist and founding member Lesley Robertson began her training in Canada and met Nuttall in 1980. Cellist Christopher Costanza joined the ensemble in 2003 after performing for many years with the Chicago String Quartet. The newest member of the quartet, violinist Mark Fewer, originally from Newfoundland, made his debut in 2014.

Please visit the official SLSQ website for everything SLSQ. Email here for additional information on the 2013 SLSQ Chamber Music Seminar, or join our Mailing List to receive notices about concerts, announcements, and seminar enrollment.

Seminar Sponsors: Stanford Department of Music, the School of Humanities and Sciences, the Friends of Music at Stanford with special thanks to Peter and Helen Bing, the Stanford Arts Institute, and Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies.

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