"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)
Applying to the St. Lawrence String Quartet Chamber Music Seminar
The Seminar attracts participants from 18 to 82 years, ranging from intermediate to advanced in skill. 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.
The 2020 SLSQ Chamber Music Seminar will be held on the Stanford University campus Saturday, June 20* to Sunday, June 28.
*Participants are expected to arrive Friday, June 19. Seminar programming will begin Saturday, June 20.
Applications open December 1, 2019 and close February 1, 2020. Apply here.
Acceptances will be sent on a rolling basis starting February 15. Late applications will be considered on a case by case basis. Email SLSQseminar@gmail.com for more information.
Preference is given to pre-formed ensembles. Individual applicants are welcome to submit an application but will only be considered after pre-formed ensembles are placed. Enrollment is limited due to space considerations. If accepted, ensembles must attend with the roster of musicians listed on the application. Please note, we are not able to accommodate Duos.
All applicants must be at least 18 years of age by June 1, 2020.
Stanford students please contact SLSQseminar@gmail.com
Application fee: The nonrefundable 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 online application process (payable by credit card). Application fees are non-refundable. 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 $1,200 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. If you would like to be considered for financial assistance, you must 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, 2020.
The tuition is $1,200 per participant. A 25% deposit is due with your confirmation by March 1. Full tuition is due May 1, 2020.
All ensembles and individuals are required to provide a non-refundable tuition payment totaling 25% of your tuition by March 1, 2020. The remaining tuition fees are due May 15, 2020. If a participant is unable to attend and if notice is given no later than June 1, 2020, a refund of 75% tuition may be requested and will be considered on a case by case basis.
A certain amount of on-campus housing is available during the seminar. Scholarships often include assistance with housing. All scholarship-assisted housing is in shared rooms in an undergraduate dorm; individual rooms are not available. Students staying on campus are expected to arrive Friday, June 19. Housing is available beginning Friday, June 10 at 5:00 pm through Sunday, June 28 at 10:00 am. You may choose to room with your ensemble members or to be assigned a roommate(s). Seminar activities will begin on Saturday, June 20.
Community members can request on-campus housing subject to availability by Stanford Conference Services.Single rooms in the undergraduate dorm may be available. Limited apartment-style graduate student housing is also available, and will be offered first to returning participants. Housing is available beginning Friday evening, June 19 through Sunday morning, June 28. Seminar activities will begin on Saturday, June 20. Housing fees must be paid by check and are due with tuition on May 15, 2020.
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.
Deadlines & Key Dates
February 1, 2020: Applications due. Note: Applications received after February 1 may be reviewed on a case by case basis.
March 1, 2020: 25% tuition deposit due (with confirmation of attendance)
May 15, 2020: Full tuition and housing fee due.
Friday, June 19, 2020: Campus housing check-in (5:00 pm to 9:00 pm) (if applicable)
Saturday, June 20, 2020:
- Registration (9:30 am - 1:30 pm)
- Welcome Meeting (2:00 pm)
Sunday, June 28, 2020: Housing Check-out (8:00 am to 10:00 am) (if applicable)
Finale Concert (11:00 am - 3:00 pm)
For more information, email SLSQseminar@gmail.com