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Summer at Cornish

String Quartets



July 11 –July 16, M, T, W, Th, F, S, 9:00am – 4:00pm


Kerry Hall 218, 710 East Roy St, Seattle, WA


The price of this course is $450.00

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If you have any questions, please contact us.


Come study string quartets with one of Seattle's great chamber groups: Trio Pardalote. Devoted to delving into the magnificent world of the string quartet, this session will focus on honing ensemble and performance skills while learning masterworks of the quartet repertoire. Mornings and afternoons will be dedicated to quartet rehearsal and coaching - possible works will be by Beethoven, Shostakovich, Brahms, Haydn and others. Each student will be placed in two separate ensembles. We'll also practice performing for each other and offering constructive critique. Additional shorter sessions on special topics such as improvisation will feature guest instructors drawn from Cornish faculty. Players will be matched in quartets by ability and experience to create dynamic and cohesive ensembles. The workshop will culminate in a public performance scheduled for Saturday.

Who should enroll?

Students, ages 14-18, with a strong facility for their instrument.

Daily Schedule

Monday through Friday, 9:00am to 4:00pm with a break for lunch, and a concluding performance scheduled for Saturday, July 16 at 1:00pm in PONCHO Concert Hall on the Cornish campus.  

Audition Requirements

Open for enrollment to students, ages 14-18, with a basic facility for their instrument. An audition is required for registration and ensemble placement.

Auditions will be accepted by upload. Please upload any two contrasting pieces that best show your skill level.You will be required to create an account.

Priority will be given to uploads accepted by June 3, 2016. Auditions by upload will be accepted until workshops meet maximum enrollment.

Please email the program coordinator at if you have any questions about uploading your audition materials and to receive confirmation.

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