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Advanced String Quartet Workshop


Ages: 12 - 19
Sight-reading Party:  June 20, 7 - 9 p.m.   
Workshop:  June 26-29, 1 - 5 p.m.  

Registration open! Click HERE!

String players improve their musicianship and ensemble skills as they rehearse and are coached as a member of two string quartets. Each student will perform in a quartet at the masterclass taught by our guest artist. The workshop begins with a sight-reading party on June 20 from 7 – 9 p.m., where students will join their fellow musicians for light snacks and begin reading their music. Workshop activities during the week also include seminars on music theory, history, and rehearsal techniques. All quartets will perform in the final day recital in the Concert Hall.  

This year's guest artist hails from the Spektral Quartet

Spektral Quartet actively pursues a vivid conversation between exhilarating works of the traditional canon and those written this decade, this year, or this week. With its most recent album described by Gramophone as “highly-interactive, creative and collaborative...unlike anything its intended audience—or anyone else—has ever heard,” Spektral is known for creating seamless connections across centuries, drawing in the listener with charismatic deliveries, interactive concert formats, an up-close atmosphere, and bold, inquisitive programming. 

Spektral Quartet

Workshop Schedule

•  May 1, Audition Registration Due

•  May 8, Auditions, MB101

•  June 20, 7 - 9 p.m., Sight-reading Party, MB103 

•  June 26-29, 1 - 5 p.m., Workshop activities

•  June 29, 5:00 p.m., Pizza dinner, cost shared by group

•  June 29, 6:00 p.m., Recital, Concert Hall  

Violin teacher and chamber musician Laurie Rodriguez is the director of the workshop.  She has been a private teacher with the NIU Community School for many years and has directed multiple chamber music workshops in Illinois, Utah and Minnesota. 

Auditions:  Auditions will take place on May 8. To reserve an audition time, musicians must submit a registration form with the $15 non-refundable registration fee no later than May 3. For the audition, be prepared to play two contrasting pieces and a 3-4 octave scale. You will also be asked to sight-read. The workshop is limited to 16 players.                                   

Because of the collaborative nature of preparing chamber music for performance, 100% attendance is required at all rehearsals and the recital. Please check your schedule before auditioning. 

Criteria for acceptance:  Performance level, space in the workshop, and the availability of compatible group members on complementary instruments are all considerations for admission. Those who are admitted will be informed within a week of the audition and are expected to pay the balance at that time. 

Director: Laurie Rodriguez

Coach and Technical Assistant: Josh Rodriguez
Coach: Nissa Sampson
Location: Room 103, Music Building
Fee: $200