Westheimer String Quartet Fellowship Program

Westheimer String Quartet Fellowship Program 2016

Background

In 2016, the Conservatorium will offer an enhanced performance development opportunity to a string quartet of exceptional potential (Westheimer String Quartet Fellowship). The purpose of this program is to enhance opportunities for artistic development of a string quartet for one year in the area of chamber music studies.

The Westheimer String Quartet Fellowship may include participation in selected coaching, mentorships and developmental opportunities at the Conservatorium. These opportunities will be constituted in addition to the Conservatorium’s chamber music program under the Westheimer String Quartet Performance Program and may include national or international travel for the Westheimer String Quartet and/or a residency of a mentor for the Westheimer String Quartet at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

Selection process

The details of the Westheimer String Quartet Fellowship Program will be determined by the string unit faculty through its Chair of Strings. Eligible string quartets will need to apply to the Chair of Strings by 31 May 2016 outlining the history of the group and a brief summary of its individual members with an Express of Interest to be considered for the program.

Selection of the string quartet will be by audition. Interested string quartets must prepare two stylistically diverse full-length quartets for this purpose. Auditions for the program will be held in the week of 6 June 2016 and the successful string quartet will be nominated and confirmed by 20 June 2016. The formal duration of the fellowship program will be from 1 July 2016 until 31 March 2017. Only students who are formally enrolled in either under- or postgraduate degrees at the Conservatorium for both academic semesters of the 2016 academic year are eligible to apply. All students will need to formally commit to participate in the program if successfully selected.

Performance Development Program

The Westheimer String Quartet program will be supported by a maximum of AU$13,000 for the year. These funds will be available to support a program of performance, tuition, travel and development as appropriate and as approved by the Chair of Strings, who is responsible to oversee the program and progress of the quartet. The performance development program for the period of the fellowship will be determined immediately following selection of the quartet (June 2016). It will include at least two performances at the Conservatorium in the faculty’s concert series to feature the work of the group as the Westheimer String Quartet Fellows during the academic year. In addition to these performances, the quartet may be supported by work with faculty, additional artists, artistic mentors and exceptional visiting artists either resident in Sydney, Australia or invited from overseas.

Summary of timeline

31 May 2016 Express of Interest due with Chair of Strings
Week of 6 June 2016 Auditions. Eligible string quartets must prepare two stylistically contrasting, full length string quartets
20 June 2016 Announcement of Westheimer String Quartet Fellows
1 July 2016 Formal Commencement of Westheimer String Quartet Fellowship
31 March 2017 Formal conclusion of Westheimer String Quartet Fellowship