CMC TWO EDUCATION FELLOWS
2023 CMC TWO EDUCATION FELLOWS INVITATION TO APPLY
Deadline: December 5, 2022
Chamber Music Charleston (CMC) is now accepting applications for the CMC TWO Education Fellows program, a 5-month program for up to four accomplished, disciplined, motivated, and responsible High School Strings Seniors at the Charleston County School of the Arts (SOA) who successfully completed the Fall Senior Thesis Semester Class.
The 2023 CMC TWO Education Fellows will be selected from the Senior Thesis students who apply for the program. The goal is to select four or eight students to make up either one or two string quartets. The fellows will be provided with repertoire to prepare (see list of tentative repertoire below) and be required to rehearse at least once a week on their own and attend all scheduled coachings (on average 2-4 coachings per month). Coachings will take place at SOA during B days between 8:30-10am. CMC will provide the coaching to ensure the students successfully prepare for the performances for elementary school audiences. Coachings will be provided by CMC professional musicians (to ensure music is performed to a high standard), actors (to ensure that the students can effectively speak to the audiences), and the director of Chamber Music Charleston.
(to oversee the overall quality of the program).
Musicians must prepare their individual parts in advance of all coachings and rehearsals.
Fellows who successfully complete the program and perform all of the schedule concerts will receive a $1,000 scholarship from Chamber Music Charleston to be used for their 2023-2024 college year.
This program is a part of Chamber Music Charleston’s Youth Chamber Music Initiative.
Auditions will take place on Thursday, December 8, 2022 during 1st block. The audition will include performing a portion of your Senior Thesis piece (without piano accompaniment) in addition to speaking briefly about one interesting aspect of/insight towards the piece you are about to play.
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2023 CMC TWO EDUCATION FELLOWS SCHEDULE AND REPERTOIRE
Below is the general schedule and repertoire overview.
Once the group(s) is/are determined, a specific schedule will be developed with any scheduling restrictions taken into account. Individual rehearsals and coachings are expected to take place on B days during the first block. In-School concerts will also take place on B days during the first block.
PROGRAM 1: INTRODUCTION TO STRING INSTRUMENTS. Each fellow will introduce their instrument to the students, performing a selection of solos, duos, trios and quartets to illustrate how the instruments work together
Singleton “Testimony” for String Quartet (6 min)
Still Danzas de Panama, i. Tamborito, ii. Mejorana y Socavon (8 min)
Week of January 23: one orientation/score study session
Week of January 30: one coaching; group practice on own
Week of February 6: one coaching; group practice on own
Weeks of February 13 and/or 20: up to three in-school performances
PROGRAM 2: INTRODUCTION TO STRING INSTRUMENTS. The quartet will perform four brief pieces of music set to four different short stories to show how music is used to enhance a story.
Rhiannon Giddens “At the Purchaser’s Option with Variations” (4 min)
Dvořák: String Quartet movement selections TBA
Still Danzas de Panama, iii. Punto, iv. Cumbia y Congo (7 min)
Week of February 27: one coaching/score study; group practice on own
Week of March 6: one coaching; group practice on own
Week of March 13: one coaching; group practice on own
Weeks of March 20 and/or 27: up to three in-school performances
PROGRAM 3: INTRODUCTION TO STRING INSTRUMENTS. The quartet will perform the award-winning musical setting of Margot Raven’s children’s book “Circle Unbroken.” The history of the sweetgrass basket is brought to life using the music of William Grant Still.
Circle Unbroken: a Classical Kids Concert (20min)
Week of April 3: one coaching/score study; group practice on own
Week of April 10: SCHOOL VACATION
Week of April 17: one coaching; group practice on own
Week of April 24: one coaching; group practice on own
Week of May 1: one coaching; group practice on own
Weeks of May 8 and/or 15: up to three in-school performances