Graduate String Quartet Program
Those quartets interested in the Graduate Program are encouraged to contact the members of the Lafayette String Quartet. See “Bios” for email contact information for each member of the quartet. We look forward to hearing from you.
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.
Serious string quartets of any nationality interested in pursuing a Master’s Degree in String Quartet Performance beginning in the fall of 2023 must apply before December 15, 2022. It is strongly recommended that interested quartets be in contact with the members of the Lafayette String Quartet well in advance of the actual 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.