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DaPonte String Quartet’s Adult Chamber Music Workshop

Time & Location

  • Oct 21-23, 2022
  • 5:30 pm
  • Kieve Camp Retreat Center 42 Kieve Road Nobleboro, ME 04555 US

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About the Workshop

Recharge or rediscover your musical passions in an intimate natural setting with world class musicians!

Join the DaPonte String Quartet for a three-day weekend of musical camaraderie dedicated to enhancing your understanding of the great works of the string chamber music literature and perfecting your playing and ensemble skills, all while enjoying a gorgeous Mid-Coast Maine lakefront setting. All meals are included. The camp also has comfortable, modern rooms at a modest fee for those who wish to stay overnight.

This intimate weekend workshop is designed for intermediate to advanced string players, to share their passion for chamber music while being coached on such aspects of ensemble playing as: listening, communication, cueing, rhythm, intonation, blending, and theory and music history. Participants may attend as part of a pre-formed group, or as individuals who will be placed in a compatible-level group.

Example Schedule

The workshop runs from Friday 5:30 to Sunday 5 pm. Through the weekend, participants will play a mininum of 10 hours, each one receiving at least 7 hours of coaching (more if he/she needs it) provided by individual members of the DSQ in round-robin fashion. There is opportunity to sight-read. The Quartet gives a 1-hr topical presentation and the weekend concludes with an informal play-through of all the participants.

Financial aid

Limited financial aid is available thanks to a grant from ACMP (Associated Chamber Music Players). Please inquire at info@DaPonte.org if you wish more details.

Feedback from past attendees

“The DaPonte Quartet has opened our minds to the nuances of the composers’ lives and times, the intricacies of the expression of themes, variations, chord changes, key transitions, mood and dynamics. Most of all, the DSQ demonstrates what it is that elicits the grand sound of high performance in chamber music.” –Linda Wilson, President Emeritus, Radcliffe College and amateur cellist.

“I can honestly say that the DSQ, the workshops, all of it, has changed my life in ways that I could only begin to dream about.” –Alison Carver, violin


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Event Organizer

Erica Ball, Executive Director execdir@daponte.org 207-315-7105