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

What's New

The application period is now closed. (Updated 3-3-2014.)

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.

2014 Guest Faculty

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

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), 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 internationally-acclaimed St. Lawrence String Quartet (SLSQ) is Stanford University’s ensemble-in-residence. The 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 quartet 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.”

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.