Philip Setzer, Shouse Institute Director


The Shouse Institute seeks emerging groups pursuing a career in chamber music. Participating ensembles are viewed not as students, but as young colleagues of the Festival artists. Each group is given multiple performance opportunities on Festival concerts, including collaborations with Festival artists. Shouse fellows enjoy intensive coaching opportunities with some of the world’s most renowned chamber musicians. 

All Shouse fellows receive lodging, travel to and from the Festival, transportation assistance during the Festival, and per diem.

Qualified applicants are groups of 3 to 6 musicians. Duos will occasionally be considered. Wind, brass, percussion or mixed ensembles are eligible. Ensemble members should generally not be older than age 30 at the time of application, though there are no strict age requirements. Ensembles should be committed to a career in chamber music. Up to four ensembles will be selected to participate. No individual may apply for participation with more than one ensemble. No changes in personnel will be allowed once the application has been submitted, unless consent is given by the Festival. 



Altius-Promo.jpg ALTIUS QUARTET Sponsored by Honigman

Altius was the silver medalist at the 2014 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition in South Bend, IN, and were first prize recipients at both the 2014 Coltman Chamber Music Competition in Austin, TX, and the 2013 Plowman Chamber Music Competition in Columbia, MO. Altius has just competed at the Seventh Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition as one of eight string quartets selected worldwide

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FRICTION QUARTET Sponsored by Kathleen O'Toole Schein & Randolph Schein

Friction Quartet, whose performances have been called “terribly beautiful” (San Francisco Classical Voice), “stunningly passionate” (Calgary Herald) and “chillingly effective” (San Francisco Examiner), exists to expand the string quartet repertoire and audience for adventurous contemporary music through commissioning composers and performing in underserved schools and communities.  

Get to know Friction better! Read more here.  


TrioHonore.jpgTRIO HONORÉ Sponsored in honor of James Tocco by the Lawrence and Isabel Francis Smith Family Foundation

Information coming soon! 






Sphinx Apprentice Ensemble 

Trio Nova Mundi is a dynamic all-women ensemble spanning the Americas in musical training and heritage.  The trio embraces this heritage by showcasing the music and composers of the New World, in part by performing new or lesser-known works alongside the classics. 

Find out more about them here


Artistic Encounters are professional coachings of Shouse Institute ensembles in a setting similar to a master class. Attend all four encounters with your punch card, or attend only one and bring three friends to use up your punches. Punch cards are free with the purchase of a subscription and $10 for single ticket holders. Artistic Encounters will take place at Temple Beth El in the Alpert Room.

June 14 | Escher String Quartet           June 16 | Paul Watkins

June 21 | Ian Brown                            June 23 | Adrian Brendel & Michael Gurevich