Camp Kieve’s Wavus lakefront in Jefferson. Contributed photo

JEFFERSON — The DaPonte String Quartet will hold a workshop for aspiring high school string players Sept. 17-19 at Camp Kieve’s Wavus lakeside campus.

The weekend is dedicated to the study of chamber music, its preparation and performance, accessed through the great works of string quartet literature. The final event of the workshop is a concert featuring the student ensembles.

Sixteen students, selected by audition, will be organized into four string quartets. They will be coached in a round-robin style by individual members of the DaPonte String Quartet (violinists Lydia Forbes, Ferdinand Liva, Kirsten Monke and cellist Myles Jordan).

The coaching sessions focus on the elements of ensemble playing: listening, communication, cueing, rhythm, intonation, blending, theory, and music history. Historical background, the knowledge that is handed down through a lineage of teaching, and the layers of meaning in the music are explored and elaborated upon.

High quality musical education will be provided, which enables students to develop new skills and refine existing ones, increase self-esteem, build positive relationships through teamwork, and forge alliances that potentially involve life-long bonds.

The workshop is offered at no cost to the student. All lodging, food and tuition costs are covered. The application deadline is June 18, and selected students will be notified by Aug. 1.

For audition requirements and more information, email Kirsten Monke at [email protected]

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