SLSQ Chamber Music Seminar Enrollment

"I was very excited to attend the Seminar, just in order to work closely with the St. Lawrence String Quartet. On arrival, I realized that this program was actually special in so many other ways. All the lectures, classes, films, and concerts were inspiring beyond what I could have dreamt of. I have attended numerous summer festivals over the years, and I have absolutely no hesitation in declaring this one the most enriching. The way it is put together provides a uniquely inspiring and relaxing setting for learning and creativity to flourish." — Rachel Desoer (cello, Cecilia String Quartet)

St. Lawrence String Quartet Chamber Music Seminar Participants

The 2014 Chamber Music Seminar will be held on the Stanford University Campus Friday, June 20 - Sunday, June 29. The Chamber Music Seminar at Stanford attracts participants from 18 to 82 years, ranging from intermediate to advanced in skill. Preference is given to pre-formed ensembles, but single applicants are also welcomed. Though most participants are string players, we also include pianists and wind players with an interest in chamber music. Participants from our previous seminars have overwhelmingly rated their experience outstanding and hoped to return again to enjoy the experience of working with the St. Lawrence String Quartet and our adjunct faculty.


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

Enrollment is limited, due to space considerations. Individual players are encouraged to apply. Preference given to pre-formed ensembles. All applicants must be at least 18 years of age.

Application Fee: A non-refundable application fee is required with submission. Application fee is $50 per individual or $25 per each member of a pre-formed ensemble. Checks should be made payable to Stanford University and mailed to: SLSQ Seminar, Braun Music Center, 541 Lasuen Mall, Stanford CA 94305. Please do NOT enclose tuition payment with your application. Application fee must be received by March 1, 2014.
Note: The application fee is not a deposit on tuition, but a fee for processing applications and must accompany the application.

Audition and Repertoire Requirements

A YouTube, Dropbox, or other online audition video must accompany your application. CD or DVD submissions are also accepted.

Important Note: Please title your weblink with YOUR NAME (individual or ensemble), as well as the title of the piece. If submitting a CD / DVD, label it with your name and instrument, and the group name (if applicable). Mail to: SLSQ Seminar, Braun Music Center, 541 Lasuen Mall, Stanford CA 94305.

Applicants must present two contrasting selections. The following repertoire is intended as a guide, representing the minimum requirements in terms of difficulty:

Violin: 1st mvt. Mozart or any standard romantic / modern concerto, plus any selection from Bach’s Solo Sonatas and Partitas.
Viola: One movement from a Bach Suite, plus a contrasting movement from the standard viola repertoire.
Cello: One movement from an unaccompanied Bach Suite and one movement from a standard concerto, such as Saint-Saëns, Haydn, Dvořák, or Elgar.
Piano: Any first movement of a Beethoven trio, plus a movement from another contrasting work (trios, quartets, or quintets by Brahms, Schumann, Dvořák, Fauré, Ravel, etc.) or works of comparable difficulty.
Quartets: Two contrasting movements from the standard quartet repertoire.
Other Ensembles: Two contrasting movements from the standard chamber repertoire.

Your submission will not be returned. Stanford is not responsible for the return of audition materials.


Tuition for the SLSQ Chamber Music Seminar at Stanford is $1,000 per person.

Generous scholarship support is available. Most music students receive tuition assistance, and Stanford students can often receive assistance from Friends of Music at Stanford. Some pre-formed student groups may receive travel assistance. If you would like to be considered for financial assistance, please include a statement with your application indicating your need and circumstances. Acceptance letters will include decisions about scholarship assistance.

Application fees are separate from tuition payments and cover only the costs of processing applications. 75% of your tuition payment must be received by May 15th. If an accepted applicant is unable to attend, a refund of 75% tuition may be requested. 75% tuition refunds will only be granted if extenuating circumstances prevent your attendance, and notice is given no later than 72 hours prior to the start of the Seminar.

Housing and Food Services

If you plan to stay in campus housing, please indicate that with your application. Undergraduate dorm rooms are double occupancy. You may choose to room with your ensemble members, or be assigned a roommate. For an extra fee, you can request a single room (dependant on housing availability via Stanford Conference Services). Apartment-style graduate housing is also available, but is limited and will be offered first to returning participants. If you prefer not to stay on campus, the Conference Office can recommend a range of hotels and motels near the campus.

During the seminar, food services are available at a variety of on-campus locations, or at restaurants in nearby Palo Alto. Throughout the Seminar, there will be a few of group meals provided, but attendees are responsible for most of their own meals.

Contact Information:

For more information, email here.