Del Sol ChamberFest 2018
ChamberFest is an exciting, intensive weekend chamber music workshop for adult non-professional string players. Held in the intimate setting of an Ashbury Heights residence in San Francisco, this dynamic program features two days of hands-on coaching by the Del Sol String Quartet.
Ensembles will receive two days of coaching on their choice of repertoire (plus a short work by our resident composer) with members of the Del Sol Quartet. (Suggestions will be made for other short contemporary works to explore during the weekend.) In addition to the extensive coaching, participants will enjoy great food & drink, an intimate concert by Del Sol, and two intriguing, pragmatic workshops. (Workshops have included topics on: ensemble, rhythm, intonation, the physical aspects of playing , contemporary repertoire and more.)
2018 DATES: JANUARY 27-28, 2018
2018 Application – apply today!
November 27, 2017: Application due
December 11, 2017: Notification of acceptance
January 6, 2018: Tuition Due.
MORE INFORMATION +
Dates & Times: Saturday January 27 (9AM-7:30PM) & Sunday January 28 (9AM-4PM)
2018 Schedule – coming soon
See our 2017 Schedule for sample schedule
Location: Ashbury Heights, San Francisco, CA.
Cost: Tuition is $300/weekend including food. Limited scholarships available.
Ensembles: This workshop focuses on the string quartet and is available to 6 ensembles. These can include quartet “plus” (e.g. quintet, sextet). We are limited to one group including piano, so please contact Chamberfest specifically (email@example.com). Mixed string/wind ensembles accepted on a limited basis.
Preformed groups are encouraged to apply. Applications will be accepted from individual players and incomplete groups (2-3 people looking for additional players), but we cannot guarantee assignment to a group.
Auditions: No audition required. Notifications by December 11, 2017
Registration: Complete the application. No application fee.
Tuition: Tuition of $300 is due January 6, 2018. You can use online payment (with 3.5% surcharge) or a mail check to:
Del Sol ChamberFest
c/o Del Sol PAO
751 – 47th Ave
San Francisco, California 94121
COMPOSER PROJECT +
Each Chamberfest we explore the relationship between performer and composer and study the works of living composers.
2018: We will be joined this year by extraordinary cellist and composer Theresa Wong, who will explore her compositional aesthetics of intersecting composed music with improvisation and outside genres. At the house concert, Del Sol will share her new work for quartet written in honor of their 25th anniversary. New in 2018 – Participants will break up the long hours of playing with a neck and shoulders stretching class led by yoga instructor Mary Anne Shinta.
2017: We were thrilled to welcome world-renowned composer Gabriela Lena Frank for a talk on string quartet music & a masterclass with participants, with a Del Sol preview of her new string quartet. We also brought in a “culinary” composer – guest chef Ayako Iino – who cooking philosophy comes from 8 years of self sustaining life in rural Japan, farming and cooking from the garden and the field, and who trained in Italian and California cuisines at Oliveto, Boulette’s Larder, and Chez Panisse.
2016: Participants collaborated in the premiere of a new work composed specifically for this workshop by composer Mark Ackerley!
2015: Both Chamberfest groups and Del Sol performed parts of Pierre Jalbert’s energetic String Quartet no. 4
SAMPLE SCHEDULE +
2018 Schedule – coming soon.
|9AM||arrive & greet / coffee|
|10-12:30||rehearse and coach|
|2:45-4:00||workshop #1: how to rehearse the gnarliest of things|
|5:30-6:30||Del Sol performs|
|after dinner||sightreading/freelancing as desired|
|9:30-11:30||rehearse & coach|
|11:30-12:30||workshop #2: composers of our times|
Each year, we offer two “pragmatic & intriguing workshops” during Chamberfest. Topics vary from year to year.
#1 – neck and shoulders stretching class by Mary Ann Shinta.
#2 – talk and masterclass by composer Theresa Wong
#1 – talk and masterclass given by composer Gabriela Lena Frank
#2 – Del Sol will demonstrate problem solving methods by rehearse difficult excerpts of participant’s repertoire
Composers through the lens of precision & flexibility
How to rehearse gnarly things
Healthy Body, Healthy Mind
Off the Page: Going Beyond the Notes
Curious Chamber Music Minds
This program has been made possible, in part, with support from ACMP Associated Chamber Music Players.