Music transforms and inspires 

DaPonte String Quartet Young Strings Workshop accepting applications

Fri, 03/19/2021 - 1:45pm

Story Location:
88 Wavus Point Road
Jefferson  Maine
United States

Music transforms and inspires 

In the secluded and relaxed lakeside setting of historic Camp Kieve’s Wavus campus, the DaPonte String Quartet will hold a weekend-long “DaPonte String Quartet Young Strings Workshop” for aspiring high school string players, September 17-19. (Application deadline June 18, 2021).

The workshop is offered at no cost to the student. All lodging, food and tuition costs are covered. Notification of students selected by August 1, 2021.

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

Sixteen students, selected by audition, are organized into four string quartets. They are coached in a round-robin style 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, 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. 

“We provide high quality musical education that 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,” said Daponte, in a news release. “This is an experience that will stay with our students for a lifetime.”

For audition requirements and more information, please contact Kirsten Monke at

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