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Chamber Music Day and High School String Quartet Competition

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

Please join us for the next Chamber Day and Competition Day and Competition on Saturday, March 26, 2022

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 UofSC 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

The Parker Quartet

  • Daniel Chong, violin
  • Ken Hamao, violin
  • Jessica Bodnar, viola
  • Kee-Hyun Kim, cello

UofSC String Faculty

  • William Terwilliger, violin
  • Ari Streisfeld, violin
  • Daniel Sweaney, viola
  • Claire Bryant, cello


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


$160 per quartet.

Application procedure

1.    All groups must be pre-formed and should send a Youtube or other cloud link of one movement of a major work of the string quartet repertoire.
2.    Application fee of $25 (non-refundable)
3.    Application deadline: March 1, 2022 
4.   Register and pay fee online

Questions, please contact:
Dr. William Terwilliger

University of South Carolina School of Music
813 Assembly St., 
Columbia, SC 29208



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