“It is vitally important for gifted ensembles to have a place to go where they can hone their skills and have the opportunity to culminate in public performances. This kind of experience can be so helpful to young chamber groups.”
The Shouse Experience
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.
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Beverly Franzblau Baker Young Artist Chair
Formed in September 2019, the Pelia String Quartet is composed of doctoral students from the Music Department at Stony Brook University.
The highlight of the 2020-2021 season was being chosen as the resident string quartet for the State University of New York (SUNY) Artist Residency. The year-long residency focused on enriching and mentoring young musicians. Members of the Pelia String Quartet taught private lessons, coached chamber ensembles, and created a curriculum of lectures and demonstrations. The quartet specifically designed the curriculum to teach aspects of playing in a string quartet and how to work together in a chamber ensemble. The culmination of the SUNY residency was a final concert and Q & A session which was broadcast via the internet to hundreds of students at several schools and youth orchestras.
Since its inception, the Pelia String Quartet has been studying at the Emerson String Quartet Institute at Stony Brook University where the ensemble is coached by the Emerson String Quartet and David Finckel.
Sponsored by Kathleen O’Toole Schein & Randolph Schein
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“Great Lakes was a most nurturing and inspiring festival that provided us the opportunity to collaborate with some of the most well-respected chamber musicians in our field today. Looking back, the Harlem Quartet is extremely grateful to have had this experience during our formative years as an ensemble,and we’ll forever cherish our memories of the wonderful music-making that was had!”
Harlem Quartet (Shouse Institute, 2008 and 2009)
“The Shouse Institute is such a special opportunity for young musicians to interact with peers in their field as well as an incredibly diverse group of mentors. My particular experience has meant so much to me since that time because I have found so many ways to deepened the relationships that began there, relationships that may not have developed if I had not been a part of the Festival. Additionally, the mentors are such incredible musical voices that made such an impression on me that I now often find myself in teaching situations where the guidance I received then is perfect fit to pass down to my own students.”
Parker Quartet (Shouse Institute, 2004)
“I’ve been very fortunate to attend several music festivals as an emerging artist. What I’ve found so special about Shouse was that I was treated like a colleague from the very beginning. The trust and support from the faculty and visiting artists is incredibly enriching.”