the kontras quartet chamber music workshop
June 20 - 26, 2020
The Kontras Quartet Chamber Music Workshop at the Virginia Suzuki Institute offers advanced pre-college and adult students an intensive week of chamber music, lessons, and rehearsals. Each ensemble will participate in two daily coaching sessions with members of the Kontras Quartet, custom fit to the ensemble’s musical level. All students will take part in master classes, lessons, and a final concert in a non-competitive and supportive atmosphere designed to foster a lifelong love of playing and chamber music. We will focus on listening, technical, and interpretive skills that will improve playing of the instrument as well as enhance musicianship. The week will begin with a recital by the Kontras Quartet, allowing students to hear their coaches put what’s taught into action.
Not only is the week about learning to play chamber music, it is also about becoming familiar with the great music in the chamber music literature. Pieces will be carefully chosen and assigned. Once these assignments are made, music will be sent so that students may adequately prepare their parts prior to camp. Pre-formed groups are especially encouraged to apply and we will do our best to consider repertoire requests. Applications from individuals will be considered carefully to ensure the best matches possible. A teacher recommendation and information form is required for all new applicants.
Younger students who meet the repertoire requirements may apply. They will be considered, with strong teacher recommendation, as space permits. Since this workshop is offered concurrently with the Virginia Suzuki Institute, families with younger children can enjoy time together. The week is very focused, but also a blast! The campus of Emory and Henry College provides plenty of recreational opportunities including an indoor pool, golf, biking and hiking paths, and lawns for informal Frisbee and badminton games. Students make friends for life, and leave with very sophisticated skills. We can’t wait to see you here!
- Daily chamber music group coaching from the Kontras Quartet - sample schedule
- Chamber music seminars and guided rehearsals
- Private lessons
- Solo repertoire and chamber music master classes by KQ and VSI faculty
- Group activities
- Student and faculty performances
- Registration fee - $100 (per person, includes T-shirt)
- Kontras Quartet Workshop - $595
- Electives - $75
- Extra master class on second instrument - $120
- Workshop registration is due May 1st
Housing & meals:
- On the campus of Emory & Henry College in Emory, VA
You may elect to stay on campus, or commute each day from alternate accommodations. Commuter Fee - $85 (per family), all meals pay-as-you-go. Emory & Henry housing is priced is per person and ranges from $80 to $110 per night, and includes all meals. Dorm options with exact pricing will be shown for your selected course as part of the registration form.
Please contact Director Sally Ross at firstname.lastname@example.org or 828-308-0118 for additional information.