"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 2016 Chamber Music Seminar will be held on the Stanford University campus Saturday, June 18 - Sunday, June 26. 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.
Apply here now! The application deadline was February 1, 2016.
Notifications will be sent on a rolling basis from Feb. 15 to April 1. Applications received after February 1 may be reviewed on a case by case basis.
Enrollment is limited, due to space considerations. Preference is given to pre-formed ensembles, but individual players are encouraged to apply. All applicants must be at least 18 years of age. Note: We are not able to accommodate Duos.
Application Fee: A non-refundable application fee is required with submission. The application fee is $50 per individual or $25 per each member of a pre-formed ensemble. Application fees will be submitted as part of the on-line application process (payable by credit card.)
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
An audition video must accompany your application and should be uploaded as part of the on-line application.
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.|
Tuition for the SLSQ Chamber Music Seminar at Stanford is $1,000 per person. (Note: Application fees are separate from tuition payments and cover only the costs of processing applications).
Scholarship support is available for those who qualify. We strive to provide full tuition scholarships for early-career professionals or students registered in full time programs. Pre-formed ensembles may qualify for additional travel assistance. Individual applicants do not 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. Any remaining tuition fees are due May 15, 2016.
In 2016, all ensembles and individuals are required to provide a non-refundable tuition payment totaling 25% of your tuition by April 1, 2016. The remaining tuition fees are due May 15, 2016. If an accepted participant is unable to attend and if notice is given no later than June 1, 2016, a refund of 75% tuition may be requested and will be considered on a case by case basis if extenuating circumstances prevent your attendance.
Many participants choose to stay on campus during the Seminar. On-campus housing is available beginning Check-in Friday, June 17 and is strictly limited to Check-Out Sunday, June 26. Scholarships often include assistance with housing. All scholarship-assisted housing is double-occupancy in an undergraduate dorm.
A certain amount of on-campus housing is available during the seminar. Those receiving scholarships are housed in the Undergraduate dorms - all rooms are double occupancy. You may choose to room with your ensemble members or to be assigned a roommate. For 2016, on-campus housing check-in will be available beginning Friday, June 17. Seminar activities will begin on Saturday, June 18.
Community members can request on-campus housing *subject to availability by Stanford Conference Services*. Most undergraduate housing is double-occupancy. For an extra fee, you can request a single room. Limited apartment-style graduate student housing is also available, and will be offered first to returning participants. Full housing fees are due June 1, 2016. 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 several group meals provided, but attendees are responsible for most of their own meals.
For more information, email SLSQseminar@gmail.com