Stony Brook University
COMMUNITY MUSIC PROGRAMS
Stony Brook, NY
September 2009 – present
As the first Ensemble-in-Residence at the Stony Brook University Community Music Program, the BPQ presents lecture/demonstrations, workshops, and coachings for music students in the Stony Brook area, and recitals at the Staller Center for the Arts. Through workshops and coachings, the BPQ aims to enrich and advance the chamber music experience of the young music students enrolled in the Pre-College Music Program. The quartet gives lecture/demonstrations to introduce chamber music to string students in the orchestra programs of local public schools. The BPQ also hosts a weeklong chamber music camp in August to provide local music students with an opportunity to engage in chamber music making, and study, prepare, and perform a work in one week’s time.
Los Angeles, California
AZUSA PACIFIC UNIVERSITY
November 9-11 2011
While on tour through the Los Angeles area, the BPQ spent three days at Azusa Pacific University. Along with a culminating concert for the students and community, the quartet worked extensively with the student musicians giving masterclasses, private lesson, and demonstrations in music history and theory courses.
STEPHEN S. WISE TEMPLE & SCHOOL
November 8, 2011
In a day visit to the Stephen S. Wise Temple & School the BPQ worked with the high school music theory students in their analysis of Bach Chorales, gave a performance class for the school during their lunch period, and offered a musical demonstration on how to approach orchestra playing as chamber music.
Des Moines, Iowa
October 16-21, 2011
The BPQ gave five lecture/presentations to string students, grades 4-8, of three elementary schools and five junior high schools in Des Moines and West Des Moines, IA. These presentations introduced students to string quartet repertoire, demonstrated how a conductor-less ensemble works together, and directed students to listen for color, character, and emotion. In addition, the BPQ performed for the string players of the Greater Des Moines Youth Symphonies, and led rehearsals of its three ensembles in a conductor-less setting, encouraging the players to improve their leading and listening skills, and general musicianship. The residency concluded with a recital at the Des Moines Art Center.
March 10-13, 2010
This 3-day residency took place at the Bennington Elementary School in Bennington, VT. The BPQ presented 2 demonstration/presentations for all students, visited grades K-5 individually and gave a performance for the students, parents and community, which was followed by an instrumental “petting zoo”.