Summer at Cornish

String Quartets



July 20 –July 25, M, T, W, Th, F, S, 9:00am – 4:00pm


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


The price of this course is $450.00

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Course Description

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 25 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.

Requirements & Availability


Heather Bentley

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Violist/violinist Heather Bentley is Principal Viola of the Northwest Sinfonietta. She is also violist with Trio Pardalote: together with violinist Victoria Parker and cellist Rowena Hammill they run a collaborative, roving chamber series called Club Shostakovich.

Heather is on the music faculty of Seattleʼs Lakeside School where she teaches a studio of violinists and violists and runs a chamber program. She was Director of the Westside Chamber Program at the Seattle Conservatory of Music from 2001-2009 and was Conductor of the Northwest School Chamber Orchestra from 2000-2008.

Rowena Hammill

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Rowena Hammill is Associate Principal Cello of the Los Angeles Opera. She divides her time between LA and Seattle, where she is Co-Director, with her cellist husband, Douglas Davis, of Vashon Chamber Music.

A graduate of the Indiana University School of Music, she was Teaching Assistant to the esteemed Janos Starker before being appointed Professor of Cello at California State Northridge. Originally from Australia, she returned to Sydney in August of 2010 for the first ever Australian World Orchestra.

Paloma Griffin

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A violinist with FearNoMusic since 2009, Paloma Griffin became the ensemble’s Artistic Director in May of 2011. Formerly the Assistant Concertmaster of the Oregon Symphony, Paloma’s concerto appearances include performances with the Arizona Musicfest Orchestra, the Oregon Symphony, and the Fresno Philharmonic.

As a member of the Portland-based “little orchestra” Pink Martini, Griffin appeared with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the BBC Orchestra in London, and in such venues as Carnegie Hall, Disney Hall, and the Hollywood Bowl. In 2012, Paloma was a guest concertmaster with the Eugene Symphony Orchestra, and performed at music festivals around the US, including Arizona Musicfest, the Oregon Bach Festival, the Sunriver Music Festival, and Music in the Mountains in Grass Valley, CA.

Andrew Cook

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Andrew Cook, cellist, has excited audiences both as a soloist and ensemble artist with his “strong soloistic style and rich immediate sound” throughout the United States and abroad. Mr. Cook received his bachelors degree from the Peabody Conservatory under Stephen Kates and in 1987 went to study with Lynn Harrell as a scholarship student at the University of Southern California. Concert appearances have taken Mr. Cook throughout the United States, Mexico, France, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Central Asia and Egypt. As a member of the Peabody Honor String Quartet, Mr. Cook performed live broadcasts for National Public Radio and Radio France, a command performance for Princess Grace of Monaco, and a performance at the Palace of Versailles. In 1988, he joined the Valcoeur String Quartet who were artists-in-residence at the University of Arizona in Tucson.

In 1990, Mr. Cook represented the U.S. at the Ninth International Tchaikovsky Cello Competition in Moscow. He has been a guest artist with the Ensemble of Santa Fe and the Lark String Quartet and has also been a guest at the Cerventino International Festival, Musica Da Camerata Festival, Grand Teton Festival, Aspen Music Festival, Music Academy of the West and San Miguel de Allende.

Mr. Cook is very active in the Los Angeles music scene and has been a regular guest with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, joining them on two recent European tours. He has also worked with the Pasadena Symphony and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.

Mr. Cook was a founding member of the Vista Trio which has performed worldwide and has released two recordings on the Vision Records label. He has released his own solo compact disc of beautiful short concert pieces for cello and piano entitled “After a Dream”. He is also working on a DVD of J.S. Bach suites for solo cello with AIX and BMG.

He has served on the faculties of Goucher College, Pepperdine University, and California State University Northridge. He is the co-founder and director of the Gold Coast Chamber Music Festival and he has been a faculty member of the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival. He is currently professor of cello at Pepperdine University and Artist-teacher at Pasadena Conservatory and maintains an active private studio. Mr. Cook is also active in the recording, television and motion picture studios working on music scores for John Williams, Randy Newman, James Horner, Marvin Hamlisch, Barbara Streisand, Whitney Houston, and others. He is in great demand not only as a performer but also as a teacher, lecturer and educator.