Directed by Paul Katz, cellist for 26 years of the legendary Cleveland Quartet, the Professional String Quartet Program provides a curriculum of intensive coaching for exceptional groups that possess the talent, potential and commitment to a professional life together. It is open only to existing string quartets, rather than individuals, normally for two years. Applications and competitive auditions take place whenever there is an opening, usually on a bi-annual basis.
Each member of a selected quartet receives a full tuition scholarship; a $10,000 stipend; 2 weekly coachings from Paul Katz and one weekly coaching from another member of the esteemed NEC string faculty; weekly individual studio instruction; and training in all aspects of musicianship and career development. Quartets perform an annual recital in NEC's world-renowned Jordan Hall and are contracted through NEC for community engagement opportunities and performances at venues such as the Kennedy Center, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and New School Schneider Series, among others.
Students in the Professional String Quartet Program may apply for a Master of Music in the Art of String Quartet, a degree available only to members of this program. In addition, as quartet members often vary in age and are often at different stages of their academic career, students can apply for other degrees and diplomas. Any questions regarding these details can be asked of admissions staff.
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Participants in the Program
Lineups named on this page represent how the quartets were constituted during their participation in NEC's Professional String Quartet program.