Residencies & Lectures
Educational residencies provide the opportunity to introduce our repertoire to new audiences, share our insights, and interact with young musicians. Recently, Del Sol has performed and taught as visiting artists at Carnegie-Mellon, Dartmouth, The Peabody Institute, Brandeis University, University of New Mexico, and the University of California campuses at Berkeley, San Diego, Santa Cruz and Irvine. Del Sol collaborates as guest faculty with the Gabriela Lena Frank Academy of Creative Music. Additionally, Del Sol enjoys working with younger musicians at diverse settings including the Richmond Arts Center, Hot Springs Music Festival in Arkansas, Levine Music in Washington DC, The Walden School in New Hampshire, and Anderson Valley High in Boonville, California.
Sometimes our residencies build lasting connections with emerging composers – this season our concert repertoire includes premieres by Hesam Abedini and Niloufar Shiri, whom we met as UC San Diego undergraduates, and the recording of a new commissioned work by Erberk Eryilmaz, whom we met at Carnegie Mellon.
Recent Residency Activities Include
- performances, recordings, or readings of student compositions
- workshop sessions with student composers
- chamber-music coachings
- string masterclasses
- guest lectures for classes on 20th/21st Century music-history, theory, and composition
- collaborations with student new-music ensembles
- interdisciplinary and cross-curricular collaborations
- concert performances: from mainstage to pop-up
Del Sol enjoys collaborating with institutions, faculty and students, to create individualized programs tailored to their needs and interests.
Del Sol regularly invites its audiences to pre-concert lectures, explaining and illuminating the music being performed. The Quartet’s Home Season concert series always includes additional, free outreach events at local schools or other public venues.
The Quartet also has given lectures and performances by invitation from presenters such as the San Francisco Symphony Adventures in Music Series, San Francisco Libraries, Fremont Symphony Family Concert Series, Music at Kohl Mansion, Young Audiences of the Bay Area, American Composers Forum and San Francisco Performances, the City’s largest independent concert presenter.
Richmond Art Center Residency for Middle School Students
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Budget and project proposals available upon request
University Lectures Topics
-Making the Music: The Business Life of the Professional Musician
-Just Intonation for Composers and/or String Players
-The Power of Collaboration
-Healthy Body, Healthy Mind for the Working Musician
-New Music String Technique
-Keeping your Quartet Happy: Tips for Composing for String Quartet