In the beautiful, secluded and relaxed lakeside setting of the historic Kieve/Wavus camps, the DaPonte String Quartet offers an all-scholarship, weekend-long workshop to aspiring high school string players from Maine. The weekend is dedicated to the study of chamber music, its preparation and performance, through the great works of the string quartet literature.
Twenty students, selected by audition, are organized into five string quartets. They are coached in the round by the individual members of the DaPonte String Quartet (violinists Lydia Forbes, Ferdinand Liva, violist Kirsten Monke and cellist Myles Jordan). The coaching sessions focus on the elements of ensemble playing: listening, communication, cueing, rhythm, intonation, blending, and theory and music history. At the completion of the workshop, a concert is presented by all the students for parents and friends.
The workshop is offered at no cost to the student. All lodging, food and tuition costs are covered.