Del Sol ChamberFest 2017
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.)
2017 DATES: FEBRUARY 4-5, 2017
2017 Application – apply today!
December 9, 2016: Application due
January 6, 2017: Notification of acceptance
January 13, 2016: Tuition Due.
MORE INFORMATION +
Dates & Times: Saturday February 4 (9AM-7:30PM) & Sunday February 5 (9AM-4PM)** exact schedule subject to change
Location: Ashbury Heights, San Francisco, CA.
Cost: Tuition is $320/weekend including food. Limited scholarships available.
Ensembles: This workshop is available to 6 ensembles (e.g. formations of quartet, quintet, sextet) on a first come first serve basis. One group including piano can be included in the workshop. Non-string ensembles may also participate.
Preformed groups are encouraged to apply, but applications will be accepted (though not guaranteed) for individual players for assignment to a group.
Auditions: No audition required. Notifications by January 6, 2016.
Registration: Complete the application. No application fee.
Tuition: Tuition of $320 is due January 13, 2016 via online payment or 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.
2017: We are thrilled to welcome world-renowned composer Gabriela Lena Frank for a talk on string quartet music & a masterclass with participants. Del Sol will preview parts of her new quartet written from Del Sol!
We are also thrilled to bring in a “culinary” composer – with guest chef Ayako Iino. She trained in Italian and California cuisines at Oliveto, Boulette’s Larder, and Chez Panisse, and her cooking philosophy comes from 8 years of self sustaining life in rural Japan, farming and cooking from the garden and the field.
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 +
|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 – 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.