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Saturday, October 23, 2021

Colorado Mesa University is presenting String Day on Saturday, October 23 for pre-college students (7th to 12th grades). Come and enjoy a day of exciting activities for all levels.

The day will include master classes, ensemble rehearsals, a presentation on a musician’s life by the Boston Public Quartet, and a short concert by students and faculty.

Master class participants will be chosen by audition with up to 3 upper and 3 lower string students accepted. Early registrations will be given priority in master class selection. If you are interested in playing in the master class for Boston Public Quartet members, please enter the YouTube URL of your playing in the registration page.

• All activities will take place in Moss Performing Arts Center. Details will be given at registration.

• This is a FREE event.

• Concert Attire: black pants and colored top

• If you have any question about the event, please contact Dr. Kristen Yun 

Our Guests

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At home performing on a street corner in Mattapan Square, the Kennedy Center in DC and the Harvard Musical Association in Boston, the Boston Public Quartet was created to connect, inspire and innovate as an ensemble-in-residence in Boston’s diverse neighborhoods. The BPQ is dedicated to normalizing the amplification of historically excluded voices. Through concerts, educational workshops and non-traditional performances we look forward to sharing our music and experiences with you.

In addition to performing on the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, The Boston Public Quartet has collaborated with Sidra Bell Dance New York, and was the inaugural ensemble in residence for the Celebrity Series of Boston’s Neighborhood Arts initiative from 2012 - 2016.

Collectively we have performed with the Boston Ballet, Emmanuel Music, the Back Bay Chorale, Castle of our Skins, the Sphinx Symphony, Tanglewood Festival Orchestra, New Fromm Players and the Catalyst Quartet. Also, members have collaborated with musicians of the New York Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. 

We are graduates of the New England Conservatory, Julliard, Rice, University of Michigan and Florida State University.  As avid educators of both string instrument study and chamber music, we teach at such institutions as Project STEP, musiConnects, and Boston Youth Symphony’s Intensive Community Program. Founded in 2007 by violinist Betsy Hinkle, the Boston Public Quartet served until 2018 as a Resident Ensemble of musiConnects. The Boston Public Quartet is excited to take on new adventures in programming and performances in 2021. Hinkle is joined by Pianist Joy Cline Phinney, Violist Jason Amos, and Cellist Lev Mamuya who make up the core membership of the quartet. 

String Day Schedule (MDT)

9-9:30am Registration     
9:30-11am Orchestra and Ensemble rehearsal
11am-12pm Master Classes with Boston Public Quartet
12-1:15pm Lunch on your own
1:20-2pm Lecture by Boston Public Quartet
2-3:20pm Rehearsals
3:20-3:50pm Individual practice or rest
4pm Concert   

Registration

The Rural Strings Opportunity Competition

The Rural String Opportunity Competition is open to current high school seniors attending high schools in rural areas in Colorado and surrounding states. The winners may receive a Colorado Mesa University scholarship award ($1000) in the first year attending CMU. Entries are due Monday, October 18, 2021. The winners will be announced at the String Day Concert.

Competition Registration