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St. Lawrence String Quartet at Stanford

Eric Cheng

The SLSQ's residency at Stanford includes working with Music students, as well as extensive collaborations with other faculty and departments using music to explore a myriad of topics. Recent collaborations have involved the School of Medicine, School of Education, and the Law School.

Annual Chamber Music Seminar

This 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 music performance with adult amateurs. Visit the seminar home page for in-depth information about the Chamber Music Seminar. Applications for the 2015 seminar will be available in December 2014.

Emerging String Quartet Program

The ESQP offers an intensive week of community outreach that provides a young ensemble opportunities similar to what the SLSQ enjoyed in their early years. The up-and-coming musicians are encouraged to interact with the audience and develop both their skills as performers and as community builders. The ensembles gain valuable experience presenting to multiple and varied audiences in a short period of time, while the greater Stanford community benefits from the input of energy and contact with the young ensemble. Find out more about the current EQSP fellows here.

Chamber Music Program at Stanford 

The SLSQ offers masterclasses, student chamber music concerts, chamber orchestra concerts, and special projects on the Stanford campus in partnership with the Department of Music. Watch this space for schedules and information on upcoming concerts.  AUDITION INFORMATION HERE.

“Why Music Matters” at SPCS 

The “Why Music Matters” course, offered by Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies, is an intensive exploration of the inner workings of music from many different perspectives across a wide span of time: music theory and history, cultural history, and music technology. Students learn to listen critically to a range of music, both classical and popular, and gain analytical skills to probe into how a piece of music is composed. Students are given opportunities to create and perform their own compositions. Participants also have a unique opportunity to attend live performances and discussions with the world-famous St. Lawrence String Quartet, as well as guest performers of jazz and world music. The course culminates in a final project of student compositions, performance, and/or analysis of music. 

  • Session: TBA
  • Prerequisite(s): An ability to read music. A knowledge of some basic music theory is helpful but not essential. 
  • Age and grade requirements: 9th, 10th, or 11th grade in Spring, and age 14 - 17 by the time the class begins. 


The SLSQ presents free noon-hour concerts and special events on the Stanford campus and the wider Palo Alto community. Watch this space for schedules and information on upcoming concerts. 


Generous support from individuals makes the SLSQ's unique programs at Stanford possible. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation today so we can continue to offer the finest in training and opportunities to young musicians.

  • $1,000:  Full cost of tuition for a student musician to attend the summer Chamber Music Seminar.
  • $500: Ten days of on-campus housing for a student musician allowing young people from around the world to experience intensive musical training.
  • $100: Support our continuing endeavor of community outreach through the Emerging String Quartet Program. Visiting young quartets perform free concerts at schools in the local area. Help make music accessible to all.
  • $50: Support the Azure Family Concert series which creates a welcoming environment for families with children and young adults on the autism spectrum.

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Last modified on: 
Tuesday, September 22, 2015