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Chamber Music Seminar Enrollment

Eric Cheng

"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.


Applications will be available beginning December 15, 2015. Application deadline will be February 1, 2016. Some late applications may still be accepted. Email

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.

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. Checks should be made payable to Stanford University and mailed to:  SLSQ Seminar, Braun Music Center, 541 Lasuen Mall, Stanford CA 94305. The application fee must be received by February 15, 2015.
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. [Hot tip: It is much preferred videos be viewable simply by clicking on a link and without having to create a log-in and account for the website.]

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. (Note: Application fees are separate from tuition payments and cover only the costs of processing applications).


Scholarship support is available for those who qualify.  Generally, we aim to provide full tuition scholarships for early-career professionals or students registered in full time programs. Stanford students may receive tuition assistance from the Friends of Music at Stanford. Pre-formed ensembles may also qualify for partial 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. Remaining tuition fees are due May 18, 2016.

Community Members

In 2016, all ensembles and individuals are required to provide a non-refundable tuition payment totaling 15% of your tuition by April 1, 2016. If an accepted participant is unable to attend and if notice is given no later than 2 weeks prior, 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 strictly limited to Check-In Friday, June 17 through 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 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

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.

Food Services

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 group meals provided, but attendees are responsible for most of their own meals.

Contact Information:

For more information, email

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Thursday, October 22, 2015