2016 High School String Quartet Competition Prize Winners
First Prize ($500)
The Siciliana Quartet – Greenville, SC
Zoe Kushubar, violin I
Kiara Morris, violin II
Matisyn Darby, viola
Rachel Reed, violoncello
(Coach: Robert O’Brien – South Carolina Governor’s School)
Second Prize ($300)
The Fuoco 2.0 Quartet – Suwanee, GA
Lesley Chang, violin I
Tricia Dang, violin II
Michael Lee, viola
Amy Park, violoncello
(Coach: Lauren McCombe – North Gwinnett High School)
Third Prize ($150)
The Montclair String Quartet - Charleston, SC
Karl Pless, violin I
Elliot Weeks, violin II
Walker Menkus, viola
Adam Beall, violoncello
(Coach: Timothy O’Malley – Charleston School of the Arts
Audience Favorite Prize (Tie)
Montclair String Quartet - Charleston, SC
The River Bluff High School String Quartet – Lexington, SC
John Cooley, violin I
Drew Preston, violin II
Olivia Cook, viola
Jeffrey Chen, violoncello
(Coach: Genny Nelson – River Bluff High School)
2016 Chamber Music Day
Saturday, March 19, 2016
Advanced high school string quartets have a unique opportunity to work with the world-renowned Parker Quartet, in residence at USC. The Quartet mentors pre-formed student string quartets through intensive coachings and master classes throughout the day, leading to a performance and competition in the evening. Coaches are members of the Parker Quartet – Daniel Chong, Ying Xue, Jessica Bodner and Kee-Hyun Kim and USC string faculty – William Terwilliger (violin), Daniel Sweaney (viola) and Robert Jesselson (cello).
• Jacksonville High School Cardinal Quartet - Jacksonville High School, Jacksonville,
• Montclair String Quartet - Charleston School of the Arts, Charleston, SC
• Bob Jones Academy String Quartet - Bob Jones Academy, Greenville, SC
• River Bluff High School String Quartet - River Bluff High School, Lexington, SC
• Fuoco 2.0 Quartet - North Gwinnett High School, Suwanee, GA (Atlanta metro)
• Song Quartet - North Gwinnett High School, Suwanee, GA (Atlanta metro)
• Brotherhood 2.0 Quartet - North Gwinnett High School, Suwanee, GA (Atlanta metro)
• Siciliana Quartet - South Carolina Governor’s School, Greenville, SC
"The coaches' words of experience, their critique, as well as words of encouragement not only helped our quartet to challenge ourselves and experiment with different musical concepts during the workshop/competition, but they also instilled within us a lasting goal of trying to understand the music on a deeper level.” – 2014 attendee
All events are free and open to the public to observe.
First Prize: $500
Second Prize: $300
Third Prize: $150
Repertoire for the day will include one substantial movement of a major work from the quartet literature. In order to work on the highest artistic level, advance preparation is expected of each quartet prior to the event.
All members of the Parker Quartet and several USC faculty members serve as judges for the competition. There will also be an "audience favorite" prize, as voted by members of the audience.
Daniel Chong - violin I, Parker Quartet
Ying Xue - violin II, Parker Quartet
Jessica Bodner - viola, Parker Quartet
Kee-Hyun Kim - cello, Parker Quartet
Dr. William Terwilliger - violin, USC faculty
Neil Casey - violin and conducting, USC
Dr. Daniel Sweaney - viola, USC faculty (new in 2014)
Dr. Robert Jesselson - cello, USC faculty
Enrollment is limited to 8 string quartets. All quartets are eligible to compete in the competition, but are not required to.
$140 per quartet for all activities. Lunch is provided, and each group is given a CD of their performance.
Lodging is not provided, but there are a variety of hotels in close proximity to the School of Music (813 Assembly Street) in downtown Columbia.
1. All groups must be pre-formed and should send a CD, DVD or MP3 file of one movement
of a major work of the string quartet repertoire.
2. Application fee of $25 (non-refundable)
3. Application deadline: February 1, 2016.
4. Send the application form and all materials to:
Dr. William Terwilliger
The University of South Carolina School of Music
813 Assembly St. Columbia, SC 29208