Quartet Fellowship

Open to college students only
Applications are now being accepted

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Fellowship dates: Mon, June 17 – Sun, June 23, 2019
Application deadline: Fri, March 15, 2019

Open to preformed ensembles, the DSO String Quartet Fellowship provides motivated college musicians with an immersive experience focused on high-level performing and teaching.  Working closely with camp faculty, fellows will mentor students in large and small group settings, receive coachings and lessons, and present a full recital.  This camp is a fulfilling experience for all involved, and presents a critical opportunity to inspire a lasting love of music in our campers.


Fellowship requirements:

  • All fellows must have completed at least one year of college by the start of camp (6/17/19).
  • All fellows must submit to a background check, in accordance with the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra’s Code of Conduct and Child & Youth Protection Policy.
  • All fellows will be required to attend a training session on the morning of Monday, June 17, 2019 (first day of camp).


Included in the Fellowship

  • Room and board on the Clarke University campus (the ensemble is responsible for transportation to and from the camp)
  • Meals (three per day, beginning with lunch on June 17th, ending with dinner on June 23rd)
  • Rehearsal space
  • Coachings with camp faculty
  • Private lessons with camp faculty
  • Opportunity to present a full recital (marketing to be handled by DSO)
  • There is no tuition associated with the fellowship


Fellowship Ensemble Responsibilities

The following will take place during 9am-5:30pm – camp fellows are relieved of all responsibilities at 5:30pm each day.

  • Assist camp faculty with sectional coaching, student quartet coaching, providing other support as needed
  • Act as mentors during the full string ensemble rehearsals and final concert
  • Assist the camp director as needed (classroom set-up, etc)
  • Oversee campers during recreation time, transitions between classes, etc


Application Instructions (all materials must be submitted together)

  • A completed application is due by Friday, March 15, 2019.  Only one member of the ensemble should submit the application; this person will be considered the “Primary Contact” for the group.
  • As part of the application, the Primary Contact must include the following:
  • Individual bios for each quartet member
  • A group bio
  • One letter of recommendation, including contact information (phone and email) for the person writing the recommendation, as well as the contact information (phone and email) for a second reference
  • Video recording of two contrasting movements by two different composers (videos may be submitted via links to Dropbox, Google Drive, or YouTube)
  • All application materials may be submitted to Madalyn Mackey (DSO Education Programs Manager and Camp Director) at mmackey@dubuquesymphony.org.

Please note: the fellowship is awarded to only one ensemble per summer. 

Questions may be directed to Madalyn Mackey, Education Programs Manager, at mmackey@dubuquesymphony.org or (563) 557-1677.

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