MMus in Performance-Emphasis String Quartet

The University of Victoria welcomes Cuarteto Chroma as the new Graduate String Quartet. In the fall of 2017, Cuarteto Chroma will begin their two year intensive study.

Graduate String Quartet Program

The University of Victoria offers a Graduate String Quartet Program. The Master’s in Music Performance (MMus)—Emphasis in String Quartet is a program designed for a pre-existing string quartet interested in embarking on a career in chamber music.

This highly specialized two-year program is designed to offer a quartet extensive rehearsal and coaching time in order to expand its repertoire. The program also enables the quartet to have valuable performance experience in preparation for a career in chamber music. The quartet receives twice-weekly coachings and individual lessons from members of the Lafayette String Quartet as well as from visiting guest artists. The program requirements are designed to allow flexibility for performances and competitions. The quartet has further opportunities to hone its skills with teaching opportunities, outreach programs and, when available, through working with fine ensembles in the community.

Fellowships, Assistantships and Scholarships are available.

Information on financial aid

Serious string quartets of any nationality interested in pursuing a Master’s Degree in String Quartet Performance beginning in the fall of 2019 must apply by December 15, 2018 for International applicants and January 15th, 2019 for Canadians. It is strongly recommended that interested quartets are in contact with the members of the Lafayette String Quartet well in advance of their application process.

Audition Requirements and Application Information:

The Graduate String Quartet Program at UVic is open to pre-formed quartets of all nationalities. Applicants to the program are asked to submit an audio-visual recording consisting of three contrasting movements reflecting their highest level of playing.

Quartets being considered for the program will be contacted immediately upon receipt of the Graduate String Quartet Application Form. Members will then be asked to apply individually to the graduate program. Solo audition material consists of a movement of a major concerto and two contrasting movements of unaccompanied Bach. All four members of the quartet must be eligible for the graduate program both musically and scholastically.

• Graduate String Quartet Application Form

• Graduate Admissions

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