2021 Virtual Chamber Music Day and High School String Quartet Competition
April 17, 2021
Application deadline: March 20, 2021
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 and the UofSC School of Music string faculty. All coachings, master classes and the final concert will all be done remotely on Zoom, so no travel to Columbia is required.
"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
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.
The Parker Quartet
- Daniel Chong, violin
- Ken Hamao, violin
- Jessica Bodnar, viola
- Kee-Hyun Kim, cello
UofSC String Faculty
- William Terwilliger, violin
- Ari Streisfeld, violin
- Daniel Sweaney, viola
- Claire Bryant, cello
Enrollment is limited to 8 string quartets. All quartets are eligible to compete in the competition, but are not required to.
$100 per quartet.
1. All groups must be pre-formed and should send a Youtube or other cloud link
of one movement of a major work of the string quartet repertoire.
2. Application fee of $25 (non-refundable)
3. Application deadline: March 20, 2021
4. Register and pay fee online
Questions, please contact:
Dr. William Terwilliger
University of South Carolina School of Music
813 Assembly St., Columbia, SC 29208