July 27 – August 17 2020
Music in the Vineyards is delighted to announce the launch of our 2020 Apprentice String Quartet Program. The program was created in 2018 and designed to identify and nurture an emerging young ensemble. The string quartet — selected by national competitive video audition — will receive coaching from MITV resident ensembles, the artistic directors and festival musicians and participate in an intensive performance program of free concerts to the Napa Valley community.
The quartet offers free performances in community venues throughout the Napa Valley, if you run a venue or residential program which you feel would benefit from a live musical performance please let us know.
Below are the details of last year’s quartet and you can view the performance schedule from 2019 which shows how busy they were.
The String Quartet Apprenticeship Program takes place thanks to the financial support of you our generous patrons, plus grants from the following organizations:
The Napa Valley Performing Arts Foundation
Napa County Arts & Culture Committee
The City Council of Saint Helena
The Second Street Quartet from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University were selected as the 2019 Apprentice String Quartet.
The Second Street Quartet spent three years playing together in Bloomington, IN before being selected by Music in the Vineyards as their apprentice quartet. 2nd St. Quartet is currently under the tutelage of Brandon Vamos and other members of the Pacifica Quartet with previous coaches including Sibbi Bernhardsson and Grigory Kalinovsky. They have played in masterclasses at the Jacobs School of Music for members of the London Haydn Quartet and for violinist Guillaume Sutre. In the fall, 2nd St. plans began their graduate studies as an ensemble at Jacobs. They were excited to experience the intensive outreach and performance opportunities provided by Music in the Vineyards, and hope to use this experience to do similar work in Bloomington and throughout the Midwest.
Agatha Blevin – Violin, Gracie Carney – Violin, Mason Spencer – Viola, Adrian Golay - Cello