This ensemble offers study and performance of string quartets in a variety of contemporary styles. It provides students the opportunity to learn how to expand the historically and musically significant string quartet genre to a wide variety of contemporary styles. The same topics that occupy any working classical quartet (for example, intonation, ensemble, stylistic integrity) will apply to this contemporary styles quartet. However, the musical parameters of each style will determine what exactly is needed to give an authentic performance of the style being studied. Listening skills in the ensemble, instrumental skills needed for the style, and performance skills will be stressed and valued.
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