2015 Winners Announced
First Prize ($500):
The Biscopink String Quartet - Spartanburg, S.C. (Coach: Susan Baier, Dorman High School)
Second Prize ($350):
The Jolly String Quartet - Mt. Juliet, Tennessee (Coach: Alan Rafferty, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music)
Third Prize ($150):
The Potter Quartet - Greenville, S.C. (Coach: John Ravnan, Greenville Fine Arts Center)
The Havillten String Quartet - Columbia, S.C. (Coaches: Neil Casey and William Terwilliger, USC)
Audience Favorite Prize ($50):
The Havillten String Quartet
2016 Chamber Music Day
Saturday, March 19, 2016
Apply by January 15, 2016
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, 2016.
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