Instructional Programs

2020 Menuhin Seminar

Beethoven 250, 1770-2020

Violins of Hope
Violins of Hope
Thursday, Jan. 30 - Knuth Hall
  • 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm: Masterclass and coaching with Tower Quartet
Friday, Jan. 31 - Knuth Hall
  • 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm: Concert Hour Performance
  • 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm: Masterclass and coaching with Alexander String Quartet, Kindra Sharich, Jeff La Deur, Schuyler Karr
  • 4:15 pm - 5:45 pm: Alexander String Quartet Lecture/Performance Beethoven's String Quartet Cycle, a Musical Evolution
Saturday, Feb. 1 - Knuth Hall and the Special Collections of the J. Paul Leonard Library
  • 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm: Masterclass with Alexander String Quartet, Kindra Sharich, Jeff La Deur, Schuyler Karr
  • 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm: Special Presentation from San Jose State University's Brilliant Beethoven Collection with Paul Ellison
  • Performance by Alexander String Quartet featuring featuring Roger Woodward playing the 1809 Clementi in the de Bellis Collection (Leonard Library)
  • Viewing of the Violins of Hope
  • 7:30 pm: Gala Concert honoring Beethoven's 250th birthday (Knuth Hall)
    • String Quartet Op.95 “Serioso”, Tower String Quartet
    • “An Die Ferne Geliebt”, Scharich/LaDeur
    • Selection of folk song transcriptions, Scharich/LaDeur/Members of Alexander String Quartet
    • Piano Concerto No. 4 transcribed for Piano and String Quintet, LaDeur/Alexander String Quartet/Karr
Sunday, Feb. 2 - Knuth Hall
Jane Galante Chamber Music Competition
  • 10:00 am - 12:00 pm: Galante Competition Semi-Finals
  • 1:15 pm: Announcement of finalist ensembles
  • 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm: Galante Prize Finals
  • 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm: Presentation about Violins of Hope
  • String Quartet No. 135 (Beethoven) presented on violins from the Violins of Hope collection
  • Galante Prize Presentation, Sponsored by Doug McLean, and Norma Siani-Alston
  • Final Festival Performance including instruments from the Violins of Hope collection

Violins of Hope appears as part of Violins of Hope San Francisco Bay Area, presented in association with Music at Kohl Mansion, Burlingame, CA. Full events in the San Francisco Bay Area can be found on their website.

Chamber Music Studies

Students with Instructor

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.

Fellowship Ensemble

Students Playing Instruments

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 Master of Music program in the School of Music are supported with scholarship aid up to the full cost of tuition, 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.


Alexander String Quartet

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.