Chamber Music Studies
Repertoire includes works from the extensive chamber music repertory as well as new compositions by student composers who are assigned to write for their colleagues. On the SF State campus each semester, 30 to 50 instrumentalists and vocalists audition for a place in chamber music classes that are part of the School of Music and Dance performance curriculum. As many as possible of these qualified musicians are placed in ensembles which meet regularly throughout the semester to rehearse, receive coaching and perform in weekly forums.
Ensembles that have held the fellowship ensemble residency include the Del Sol, Chamberlain, Arlekin, Sausalito, Volta, Nocturne, Afiara and Hausmann quartets. Pre-professional ensembles accepted into the Fellowship Ensemble program are supported for a two-year residency, during which they are mentored by the Alexander String Quartet, and in turn provide mentoring for SF State music students. These exceptionally talented, experienced and motivated students are given training in an extended range of skills that prepare them for careers in music.
The Alexander String Quartet maintains close ties with the Capp Street Community Music Center, San Francisco Youth Symphony Orchestra, California Youth Symphony Orchestra, the SF Conservatory Preparatory Division, the Crowden School in Bekeley and the San Domenico School in Marin County.
In addition to its work with undergraduate and graduate students at SF State as directors of the University’s Chamber Music Studies program, the Alexander String Quartet also works with participants in the University’s College of Extended Learning, as well as with music programs in several Bay Area high schools to develop students’ performance skills and their understanding of the place of classical music in the history of modern civilization. The Alexander String Quartet appears at least once a year on the Morrison Artists Series and once a year presents a Morrison Artists Series outreach concert off-campus.