Kontras Quartet Chamber Music Workshop

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Emory & Henry College, Emory, VA

Making Music in the Mountains Since 1973

The Kontras Quartet Chamber Music Workshop at the Virginia Suzuki Institute offers advanced and motivated 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.

Contact Sally Ross with questions at vsichambermusic@gmail.com. Registration due May 1st.