DaPonte Quartet High School workshop
Music transforms and inspires
In the beautiful, secluded and relaxed lakeside setting of historic Camp Wavus, the DaPonte String Quartet offers a weekend long workshop to aspiring Maine high school string players. 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.
Underwritten by an endowment, the workshop is offered at no cost to the student. All lodging, food and tuition costs are covered. For some, this is a student’s first exposure to playing chamber music, and it is an experience that will stay with them for a lifetime.