Study with LSQ – UVIC and QFW

The Lafayette String Quartet is the full-time resident string quartet at the University of Victoria. They perform on a regular basis, however they are careful to balance their concerts and teaching responsibilities enabling their students to receive regular lessons and coaching sessions.

UVIC’s School of Music offers one of the most comprehensive bachelors and graduate programs offered to string players anywhere in North America. Students receive weekly private lessons and chamber music coaching from members of the Lafayette String Quartet, participate in regular masterclasses both with the LSQ and visiting and local guest artists and are given ample performance opportunities.

Situated on one of the most beautiful campuses in the world, surrounded by ocean, trees, flowers, wildlife, and blessed with a temperate weather system, the University of Victoria is a welcoming environment in every way. Many  experiences await young musicians studying at UVIC with opportunities for teaching, local concerts, subbing with the Victoria Symphony, playing with the GVYO, Victoria Chamber Orchestra, and for those with an entrepreneurial spirit, concert opportunities (solo and chamber music) all over the island.

If you are interested in studying at UVIC in the future, you are strongly encouraged to contact the members of the Quartet (see contact information under bios) and they will be happy to talk to you.

The LSQ congratulates Canada’s first Graduate String Quartet, Quarteto Chroma, from Mexico, on the successful completion of their Masters Degree in String Quartet Performance.

Lafayette String Quartet:

Ann Elliott-Goldschmid and Sharon Stanis, violins

Joanna Hood, viola

Pamela Highbaugh Aloni, cello

Study at the University of Victoria:

UVIC’s School of Music String program offers bachelors and masters degrees in violin, viola and cello performance.  Students enjoy a strong camaraderie and healthy competition, supporting each other in their daily studies and practice routines. Recent UVIC undergraduate students have been accepted into the graduate programs at the Juilliard and Manhattan Schools in New York, the Royal Academy in London, the Eastman School of Music, Rice University, the University of Toronto, and the San Francisco Conservatory.

Masterclasses with guest artists:

The LSQ regularly invite guest artists for masterclasses and performances. This year’s upcoming guests include  Axel Strauss, Kati Debretzeni, Gwen Thompson, Cuarteto Latinoamericano, Quatuor Saguenay and others.

Performance and Study opportunities:

Students are encouraged to sign up for Tuesday and Friday Music concerts, enter the annual Bach competition, the Concerto Competition, the Strauss Competition, and many other performance and study opportunities.

Enjoy sharing, learning and growing together with other serious string students in the intimacy of a small school combined with the excellence of a well-rounded program of study.