CMI STRING QUARTET FELLOWSHIP 

2024 DATES COMING SOON

The CMI String Quartet Fellowship offers an exclusive chance for pre-formed quartets to engage in deep study with the acclaimed Escher Quartet in San Antonio, TX. This Quartet Fellowship provides exceptional performance, mentoring and coaching opportunities to musicians with a high level of experience and commitment to string quartet development.
This fellowship is for full-time groups who have the shared desire to establish themselves as a lasting entity. Members should be minimum 21 years old by the time they apply.

ABOUT THE ESCHER STRING QUARTET

The Escher String Quartet is a former BBC New Generation Artist and recipient of the Avery Fisher Career Grant. The ensemble serves as seasonal artists of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. The members of the ESQ are: Adam Barnett-Hart and Brendan Speltz, violins, Pierre Lapointe, viola, and Brook Speltz, cello.

Learn more about The Escher String Quartet here.

FELLOWSHIP INFORMATION

The CMI String Quartet Fellowship offers an exclusive chance for pre-formed quartets to engage in deep study with the acclaimed Escher Quartet.  This Quartet Fellowship provides exceptional performance, mentoring and coaching opportunities to musicians with a high level of experience and commitment to string quartet development. 

Dates:

  • Application Deadline: November 1, 2023.  *Application deadline has been extended.
  • Decision Deadline: applications will be reviewed by the Escher String Quartet and applicants will be notified of the results by November 8, 2023.
  • Arrival: the recommended arrival time is after 3:00 P.M. on November 30, 2023, to allow for check-in at the hotel. 
  • Departure: participants are expected to check out of the hotel by 10:00 A.M. on December 7, 2023. We encourage participants to plan their travels accordingly.

Accommodations

Sonesta ES Suites SA Downtown Alamo Plaza.

Coaching/Rehearsals Locations: 

  • Carlos Alvarez Auditorium Theater – Tobin Center for the Performing Arts.
    See address
    here.
  • Conference rooms at Sonesta ES Suites SA Downtown Alamo Plaza.

FELLOWSHIP REQUIREMENTS

  • Two (2) contrasting quartet movements, ideally in different compositional styles, that highlight different demands on the ensemble.
  • A comprehensive quartet repertoire list.
  • Quartet résumé, photo, and bio.
  • One (1) letter of recommendation on behalf of the quartet.
  • $300.00 non-refundable application fee ($75.00 per member).

FELLOWSHIP BENEFITS

  • Four (4) quartet coachings, one (1) with each member of the Escher String Quartet.
  • One (1) open masterclass with all members of the Escher String Quartet.
  • Three (3) performance opportunities as part of the Escher String Quartet concerts. 
  • One (1) seminar in Chamber Music Career Development.

ADDITIONAL BENEFITS:

  • Free tuition, room, and board for all quartet members.
  • A fellowship stipend of $1000.00.
  • Travel Reimbursement of $500 for violinists and violists, and $1000 for cellists.
  • HD video recording of the quartet’s performances.
  • A photo session for the quartet with four (4) photos covered by CMI.

Classical Music Institute does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, or veteran status in the administration of its educational policies, admission policies, employment policies, scholarship and loan programs, or other CMI-sponsored activities.

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WELCOME! Thank you for your interest in participating in the CMI String Quartet Fellowship!

GENERAL INFORMATION
*Application Deadline: November 1, 2023.
*Decision Deadline: applications will be reviewed by the Escher String Quartet and applicants will be notified of the results by November 8, 2023.
*Arrival: the recommended arrival time is after 3:00 P.M. on November 30, 2023, to allow for check-in at the hotel. 
*Departure: participants are expected to check out of the hotel by 10:00 A.M. on December 7, 2023. We encourage participants to plan their travels accordingly.

For questions, please contact ddiaz@cmi-sa.org

Please complete the following application to enroll.

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