Del Sol String Quartet

Del Sol Chamberfest 2018 (San Francisco)

February 3, 2018 @ 9:00 am – 7:30 pm
San Francisco
Kathryn Bates

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.)

No audition required. Application due November 27.

Dates & Times: Saturday January 27 (9AM-7:30PM) & Sunday January 28 (9AM-4PM)

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 ( 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.

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.

© Del Sol Performing Arts Organization • Photos by RJ Muna