Relevance: This sample shows the diversity of repertoire that program students experience in each of 3 concert cycles (rotations) per year. Students are re-grouped each rotation to experience different personnel, and experience the many varied chamber music configurations possible. Repertoire ranges from Baroque period performance to 21st century commissions. The program strives to cover the great pieces of the chamber literature, while seeking to present undiscovered gems, new commissions and premieres. The Ravel is one of the great standards of the piano trio repertoire and requires nuanced interpretive and performance skills from each group member. The Stanford Horn Quintet performance appears to be the American premiere, having been published fairly recently in England. The Higdon is a 21st century work from a Pulitzer prize winning female composer. Students range from age 14-18.
Trio in A minor
Video 1 [ Ravel 11.24.15] 0:51, end of first trimester
Fantasy for Horn Quintet in A minor
Video 2 [Stanford 2/21/16] 1:20, mid-year competition
V. Immense Sky
Video 3 [ Higdon 4/23/15] 1:20, end-of-year graduation concert
Relevance: Mentoring and coaching by Artist Teachers is the heart of the Preparatory Program. Here, PREP Artistic Director, Vera Parkin, coaches a group preparing to compete the next day at a national chamber music competition. The sample is indicative of the imagery, pedagogical experience and commitment carefully selected coaches offer students. The students were able to apply and act upon the coach's directives successfully before a live audience and jurors through careful grooming, inspirational teaching and consistent instruction. Chamber music is the ultimate vehicle for Student Centered Learning: peer mentoring, collaborative learning and working toward a common goal. Ages range from 16-18 years.
Rader Quartet Coaching
Video 4 [Rader Quartet 2/20/16 coaching] 3:38, mid-year
String Quartet No. 4 IV Allegro gioccoso
Date: 2/21/16, Midwest Young Artists Discover Chamber Competition
Video 5 [Bacewicz 2/21/16] 1:32, mid-year competition
Relevance: This innovative work for string quartet and string orchestra afforded an outstanding experience for Preparatory Program students to model pre-professionalism to younger students and for all students to interact with the award winning string quartet in residence, the Jasper String Quartet. The work features 3 different student populations playing simultaneously with the quartet, with parts commensurate to the playing ability of each. Students from neighboring institutions participated, creating an opportunity for community engagement and arts diplomacy. Students ranged in age from 12-18 years.
arr. Nate Rowe, for String Quartet and multi-level small orchestra used with permission
1/23/16 mid-year; St. Looey Chamber Blitz workshop with the Jasper String Quartet
Video 6 [Attaboy 1/23/16 ] 1:09, mid-year St. Looey Chamber Blitz workshop