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The Walnut Hill String Quartet Intensive provides advanced young string players (ages 11–18) an exceptional week of coachings, master classes, and a private lesson with inspiring faculty dedicated to each student’s growth. Students are placed in a string quartet according to age and level and will work extensively on two pieces from different eras, culminating in a performance at the end of the week.

The String Quartet Intensive takes place on the beautiful campus of Walnut Hill School for the Arts in Natick, MA, outside of Boston. 

UPDATE: We are still accepting applications for viola. Applications are now closed for violin and cello.

JuNE 24–28, 2024

(june 23–29 for boarding students)

Natick, MA

Ages 11–18

PROGRAM DETAILS

  • Students will participate in one string quartet throughout the week.
  • Each quartet will study two works—one classical, and one from a later period.
  • Repertoire will be assigned in advance.
  • Each string quartet will receive two coaching sessions per day from different faculty members.
  • One hour-long private lesson is included with tuition. A second lesson may be available for an additional fee.
  • The week will also include masterclasses and social activities.

AUDITIONS

Recorded auditions are required for all applicants.

  • Please upload two videos directly to SLIDEROOM.
  • Please include examples from different musical periods. 
  • Please record two movements—one each from different musical periods (i.e.: Baroque, Classical, Romantic, 20th Century, or Contemporary)

UPDATE: We are still accepting applications for viola. Applications are now closed for violin and cello.

TUITION & FEES

  • Tuition: $1,500
  • Room and Board: $1,200

Meals are included with tuition.

Faculty

Violinist Jennifer Elowitch is Director of Music at Walnut Hill School for the Arts, where she was the recipient of the E. E. Ford Faculty Award for Exceptional Merit in 2016 and 2021. Co-Founder and Artistic Director Emerita of the Portland Chamber Music Festival in Maine, she is the Assistant Principal Second Violin of the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra and performs often with the Boston Symphony.


 

Violinist and Boston native Julia Glenn '07 recently joined the Naumburg-winning Lydian String Quartet and the faculty of Brandeis University after teaching for three years at the Tianjin Juilliard School in China, where she served as violin and music theory faculty and was a member of the Tianjin Juilliard Ensemble. Julia is a graduate of Walnut Hill School for the Arts, New England Conservatory, Harvard University, and Juilliard’s C.V. Starr doctoral program.

 

Carol Rodland is Professor of Viola and Chamber Music at the Juilliard School and has previously held professorships at the Eastman School of Music, New England Conservatory, and the Hochschule fuer Musik “Hanns Eisler” Berlin. She is also an Artist-Faculty member at the Perlman Music Program, the Bowdoin International Music Festival, and the Karen Tuttle Coordination Workshop. In 2009 she founded “If Music Be the Food…” Benefit Concerts, a fully volunteer community endeavor that raises awareness and support for the hungry in the local community through the sharing of great music.
 

Cellist Kee-Hyun Kim ‘01 is a founding member of the Grammy-Award winning Parker String Quartet, Blodgett Artists-in-Residence at Harvard University and winners of both the Cleveland Quartet Award and first prize at the Bordeaux String Quartet Competition. Mr. Kim is a graduate of Walnut Hill School for the Arts and New England Conservatory, where his principal teachers were Paul Katz and Laurence Lesser.

 

Questions? Please contact Jennifer Elowitch at jelowitch@walnuthillarts.org.

Walnut Hill School for the Arts reserves the right to cancel a course that fails to meet the required minimum enrollment. All payments are due in full at the time of registration and non-refundable. Refunds will only be issued in the event of program cancellation due to low enrollment.