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    2014 Competition Winners with the Parker Quartet and Faculty

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    Participants work with the world-renowned Parker Quartet

Chamber Music Day and Competition

USC Chamber Music Day and Competition with the Parker Quartet is an exceptional opportunity for advanced high school string quartets.

2015 Chamber Music Day

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Apply by January 15, 2015

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Take advantage of a unique opportunity to work with the world-renowned Parker Quartet, in residence at USC. The Quartet will mentor pre-formed student string quartets through intensive coachings and master classes throughout the day, leading to a performance and competition in the evening. Coaches will be members of the Parker Quartet – Daniel Chong, Ying Xue, Jessica Bodner and Kee-Hyun Kim and USC string faculty – William Terwilliger (violin), Rebecca Hunter (violin), Daniel Sweaney (viola) and Robert Jesselson (cello).

"The coaches' words of experience, their critique, as well as words of encouragement not only helped our quartet to challenge ourselves and experiment with different musical concepts during the workshop/competition, but they also instilled within us a lasting goal of trying to understand the music on a deeper level.” – 2014 attendee

All events are free and open to the public to observe.

Competition Prizes

First Prize: $500
Second Prize: $300
Third Prize: $150


Repertoire for the day will include one substantial movement of a major work from the quartet literature. In order to work on the highest artistic level, advance preparation is expected of each quartet prior to the event.

Competition Judges

All members of the Parker Quartet and several USC faculty members serve as judges for the competition. There will also be an "audience favorite" prize, as voted by members of the audience.

The Coaches

Daniel Chong - violin I, Parker Quartet
Ying Xue - violin II, Parker Quartet
Jessica Bodner - viola, Parker Quartet
Kee-Hyun Kim - cello, Parker Quartet
Dr. Rebecca Hunter - violin and pedagogy, USC faculty
Dr. William Terwilliger - violin, USC faculty
Neil Casey - violin and conducting, USC
Dr. Daniel Sweaney - viola, USC faculty (new in 2014)
Dr. Robert Jesselson - cello, USC faculty


Enrollment is limited to 8 string quartets. All quartets are eligible to compete in the competition, but are not required to.


$120 per quartet for all activities. Lunch is provided, and each group is given a CD of their performance.


Lodging is not provided, but there are a variety of hotels in close proximity to the School of Music (813 Assembly Street) in downtown Columbia.

Application procedure

1.    All groups must be pre-formed and should send a CD, DVD or MP3 file of one movement of a major work of the string quartet repertoire.
2.    Application fee of $25 (non-refundable)
3.    Application deadline: January 15, 2015.
4.    Send the application form and all materials to:

Dr. William Terwilliger
The University of South Carolina School of Music
813 Assembly St. 
Columbia, SC 29208

2014 Competition Winners

First Prize ($500):
The Fine Arts Center String Quartet - Greenville Fine Arts Center
Paul Aguilar and Katherine Woo, violins; Hayden Wilson, viola; Stephen Hawkey, cello

Second Prize ($300):
The Pine Knoll String Quartet - Greenville Fine Arts Center
Marc Pitrois and Sarah Davis, violins; Jotham Rosen, viola; Mary Elisabeth Schaible, cello

Third Prize ($150):
The Assembly String Quartet - Columbia, SC
David Pazderski and Austen Speare, violins; Eli Summers, viola; Matthew Riley, cello

Honorable Mention:
The Biscopink String Quartet - Spartanburg, SC (Dorman HS, sponsor)
April Chen and Alec Biscopink, violins; Chase Makdera, viola; Steven Chen, cello

"Audience Favorite" Prize:
The Biscopink String Quartet
April Chen and Alec Biscopink, violins; Chase Makdera, viola; Steven Chen, cello