The Summer Student Festival, formerly known as Tuned In!, presents students with a unique opportunity to explore chamber music by working with a professional string quartet. Directed by Skyros Quartet, the festival is an incomparable week-long musical learning experience for middle school, high school, and college students.
Exploring and learning through chamber music is an essential part of musical growth, and is the heart of our Summer Student Festival. Students are assigned to small ensembles, based on their application materials and audition video. Each ensemble should be prepared to play for several hours each day. Ensembles receive multiple daily coachings from members of Skyros Quartet, in addition to time spent practicing and in self-led rehearsals. Performance opportunities include masterclasses, including one with a guest artist from the Seattle Chamber Music Society, and the week culminates with student performances on July 16th.
Artistic Director and Summer Student Festival coaches Skyros Quartet are dedicated to nurturing individual technical and artistic skills through an organized chamber music curriculum. Daily musicianship classes led by Skyros Quartet are a big part of the week, where students explore a wide variety of topics, from musical cryptograms to performance techniques to yoga for musicians. The curriculum’s design enables each participant to develop their individual expressive skills, and to learn and practice techniques for communication and collaboration in group settings.
Skyros Quartet will perform a short recital on Tuesday, July 12 at 5:00 pm. Parents and family members are welcome to join us for this event. Summer Student Festival participants will also receive a ticket to a Seattle Chamber Music Society concert, which everyone will attend together at Benaroya Hall.
The Summer Student Festival curriculum is rooted in the intersection of expression and music. We are thrilled to welcome Natalie Gress, who will lead a daily theater arts session with all students. These classes are always so much fun, and help students explore expression and character development (critical aspects of chamber music) through a non-musical medium.
WHO SHOULD APPLY
Intermediate- and advanced-level violin, viola, cello, string bass, and piano students ages 13-24 are eligible for enrollment.
A recorded video audition is required for all students to facilitate placement in an appropriate ensemble. Students should prepare a two- or three-octave scale and a solo piece of their choice (approximately two-four minutes) . Please send an email or call us if you have any questions about eligibility or the placement audition.