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Chamber Music Day and High School String Quartet Competition

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

2019 Chamber Music Day and High School String Quartet Competition

Saturday, April 6, 2019

Application deadline TBA

Advanced high school string quartets have a unique opportunity to work with the world-renowned Parker Quartet, in residence at USC. The Quartet mentors pre-formed student string quartets through intensive coachings and master classes throughout the day, leading to a performance and competition in the evening. Coaches are members of the Parker Quartet and the USC School of Music string faculty.

"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

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



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


$140 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: TBA.
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

2017 Competition Prize Winners

First Prize ($500) and Audience Favorite Prize:
The Rose Quartet (Greenville, SC)

Rachel Yi, violin I (age 16)
Sam Parrini, violin II (age 16)
Hannah Patskoski, viola (age 18)
Jack Rose, violoncello (age 16)
(Coach: John Ravnan, Greenville Fine Arts Center)

Second Prize ($300):
The CIMS String Quartet (Charleston, SC)

Manuel Mendes, violin I (age 15)
Karl Pless, violin II (age 16)
Jordan Stuckey, viola (age 17)
Lydia Pless, violoncello (age 15)
(Coach: Ruben Camacho, Charleston International Music School)

Third Prize ($150):
The Ariose String Quartet (Jacksonville, FL)

Saejin Albright, violin I (age 16)
Lilah Dees, violin II (age 15)
Breanna Lang, viola (age 15)
Nathan Ealum, violoncello (age 15)
(Coach: Brian Griffin, Douglas Anderson School of the Arts)

Honorable Mention:
The Pontus Quartet (Suwanee, GA)

Doowon Kim, violin I (age 14)
Leigh Kong, violin II (age 16)
Thomas Kim, viola (age 15)
Sirian Yi, violoncello (age 17)
(Coach: Elizabeth Alvarez and Lauren McCombe, North Gwinnett High School)

The Additional 2017 Finalists

The Cardinal Quartet (Jacksonville, NC)

David Nam, violin I (age 17)
Ashé Cepeda-Parker, violin II (age 16)
Khalil Frazier, viola (age 17)
Kayla Stephens, violoncello (age 17)
Coach: Joli Brooks, Jacksonville High School

The Key Quartet
(Columbia, SC)

Sunjay Jarayam, violin I (age 17)
Heather Hunter, violin II (age 16)
Raven Heath, viola (age 18)
Vihar Dalal, violoncello (age 18)
Coach: William Terwilliger, USC

The Fiddle Diddles
(Suwanee, GA)

Kevin Kim, violin I (age 17)
Daniel Kim, violin II (age 18)
Michael Lee, viola (age 18)
Amy Park, violoncello (age 16)
Coach: Elizabeth Alvarez and Lauren McCombe, North Gwinnett High School

The Tam Dang Quartet
(Suwanee, GA)

Shannon Chen, violin I (age 16)
Daniel Lee, violin II (age 16)
Joan Song, viola (age 16)
Tannessa Dang, violoncello (age 15)
Coaches: Elizabeth Alvarez and Lauren McCombe – North Gwinnett High School