Advanced String Quartet Workshop


Ages: 12 - 19
Sight-reading Party:  June 5, 2019 7 - 9 p.m.   
Workshop:  June 10-13, 2019 1 - 5 p.m.  

Registration will be open soon.

String players improve their musicianship and ensemble skills as they rehearse and are coached as a member of two string quartets. Each student will perform in a quartet at the masterclass taught by our guest artist. The workshop begins with a sight-reading party on June 5, 2019 from 7 – 9 p.m., where students will join their fellow musicians for light snacks and begin reading their music. Workshop activities during the week also include seminars on music theory, history, and rehearsal techniques. All quartets will perform in the final day recital in the Concert Hall.  

Our guest artist for 2019 will be announced soon!

In 2018, our guest artist was Avalon String Quartet violist and NIU faculty member Anthony Devroye


Anthony Devroye enjoys a varied and active career as chamber, orchestral and solo violist and teacher.  He has been violist of the Avalon String Quartet since 2004, and viola faculty at the Northern Illinois University School of Music since 2007.  Mr. Devroye has performed with the quartet at major venues throughout the United States, as well as in France and South Korea.  He has taught at the Interlochen Advanced String Quartet Program, the Icicle Creek Music Center, and Madeline Island Music Camp; and has given masterclasses at UCLA, BYU, DePaul, and the University of Tennessee.

Mr. Devroye’s orchestral experience includes numerous performances with the Chicago Symphony under Riccardo Muti, Charles Dutoit, Christoph Eschenbach and other leading conductors.  For two years he played with the New World Symphony in Miami Beach; having frequently led the viola section under Michael Tilson Thomas, he also appeared as soloist with the orchestra in 2004.  Additional orchestral performances include the New York Philharmonic and Chicago’s Lyric Opera Orchestra, Grant Park Orchestra and Music of the Baroque.

Mr. Devroye holds a BA in Biological Science from Columbia University, where he was awarded a Starr Foundation Scholarship while pursuing concurrent viola studies at the Juilliard School.  He received a Diploma from the Curtis Institute of Music as a Bok Foundation Fellowship recipient.  In 2005 he won First Prize at the Julio Cardona International String Competition in Portugal.  His viola teachers have included Michael Tree, Roberto Diaz, Toby Appel and Heidi Castleman.


Workshop Schedule

•  May 1, 2019 Audition Registration Due

•  May 6, 2019 Auditions, MB 161

•  June 5, 2019 7 - 9 p.m., Sight-reading Party, MB 103 

•  June 10-13, 2019 1 - 5 p.m., Workshop activities

•  June 13, 2019 5:00 p.m., Pizza dinner, cost shared by group

•  June 13, 2019 6:00 p.m., Recital, Concert Hall  

Violin teacher and chamber musician Laurie Rodriguez is the director of the workshop.  She has been a private teacher with the NIU Community School for many years and has directed multiple chamber music workshops in Illinois, Utah and Minnesota. 

Auditions:  Auditions will take place on May 6. To reserve an audition time, musicians must submit a registration form with the $15 non-refundable registration fee no later than May 1. For the audition, be prepared to play two contrasting pieces and a 3-4 octave scale. You will also be asked to sight-read. The workshop is limited to 16 players.                                   

Because of the collaborative nature of preparing chamber music for performance, 100% attendance is required at all rehearsals and the recital. Please check your schedule before auditioning. 

Criteria for acceptance:  Performance level, space in the workshop, and the availability of compatible group members on complementary instruments are all considerations for admission. Those who are admitted will be informed within a week of the audition and are expected to pay the balance at that time. 

Director: Laurie Rodriguez

Coach and Technical Assistant: Josh Rodriguez
Coach: Nissa Sampson
Location: Various rooms, NIU Music Building
Fee: $200

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