University of Iowa String Quartet Residency Program

UI Chamber Music Students in the Community

Developing the skills for outreach and community engagement

As all of us prepared for the Cavani String Quartet residency, students enrolled in the University of Iowa’s String/Piano Chamber Music class worked on developing their own publicly engaged programming.  Each student group  picked a target age and developed either an entire educational program or a program segment in collaboration with their community partner.  Groups took their programs to the Preucil Preschool, to elementary and high schools across the state and as far as Baltimore as well as to adult audiences at Brucemore, in Cedar Rapids!   Along with the importance of learning the artistic and technical skills required of a performer, musicians now have the opportunity to interact with with their audience in other deep and meaningful ways.


UI Students and Faculty, Preucil School Students and Faculty and the Cavani Quartet performing the Mendelssohn Octet at the Preucil School of Music – Part of a collaborative chamber music workshop at the Preucil School of Music.


UI Students at the Preucil Preschool in Iowa City


Timothy Hsu, Lucy Lewis, Casey Rafin, Tom Maples and Mike White perform an educational program for preschoolers that was centered around Schubert’s “Trout” Quintet.


Preschoolers getting up close to the musicians and their instruments!


A first lesson in pizzicato…

UI Students at Mercy Hospital in Iowa City


Caroline Krause, Catie Rinderknecht and Hannah Altmaier after a performance for patients at Mercy Hospital.

UI Students at Northwest Junior High in Iowa City


The Athena Quartet (Megan Healy, Haley Leach, Wilhelmina Grow and Bekah Dotzel) performing for the Northwest Junior High Orchestra.

UI Students at Southeast Junior High in Iowa City


The Ardore Quartet (William Gentzsch, Lucy Lewis, Manuel Tábora and Yoo-jung Chang) perform for the Southeast Junior High Orchestra

UI Students at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City


Lucy Lewis, Timothy Hsu, Casey Rafin, Tom Maples and Mike White after a performance in the Atrium of UIHC.

UI Student String Quartet On Tour Throughout Iowa

During May of 2013, the UI ‘s Ardore Quartet and faculty member Elizabeth Oakes went on a tour of restored opera houses throughout Iowa.  The tour included concerts, educational program and alumni events.  It was an amazing opportunity to get to know so many wonderful people and share our music.  We were extremely grateful for the generous hospitality of those whom we met and were moved by the beauty of the halls and the obvious love and pride each town took in its gorgeous performance space. The tour was sponsored and made possible by the support and collaboration of several UI entities, including a Better Futures For Iowans grant, Office of Summer SessionOffice of the Provost, Office of the Vice President for Research, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Division of Performing Arts, School of MusicArts Share, and the UI Alumni Association.  


The Ardore warming up for its performance at the Wieting Theatre in Toledo, Iowa.


The Ardore Quartet with Bob Dew and other members of the Toledo community.


The Ardore Quartet performs for the Nodaway Valley East Elementary School in Greenfield, Iowa.


A performance at the Warren Opera House in Greenfield, Iowa.


The Ardore Quartet with Warren Theatre’s Executive Director Ken Sidey.


The Ardore with UI Faculty member Elizabeth Oakes


Signing autographs!


Performing for students at Martensdale-St. Mary’s Elementary School


A young second violinist in training….


The final performance of the tour at the Corning Opera House in Corning, Iowa.


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