Community & Education
The Verona Quartet is strongly dedicated to sharing its passion for music-making with people from all backgrounds, of all ages.
The Quartet also considers it a privilege and a responsibility to educate the future generations of musicians and constantly strives to explore the various meeting points of culture and art.
One of the Verona Quartet’s earliest projects was a community engagement project with the city of Danville, Illinois, where over the span of two years the Quartet curated a chamber music series and gave outreach performances and masterclasses across elementary, middle and high schools in the city, resulting in an increase in K-12 music class enrollment to almost double the average of the State of Illinois. Experiences like these - and the relationships formed through them - have brought us to believe that our role as a string quartet is not simply to reach communities, but to be a community of music-lovers into which we welcome others.
The Quartet continues to be an active proponent of community engagement through its work with K-12 students, as well as through performances outside of the concert hall, in venues such as hospitals, elderly homes and various business organizations. Most recently, the Quartet was the Ernst Stiefel String Quartet-in-Residence at Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts in Katonah, New York, where they performed and taught at over forty K-12 schools in the region.
The Verona Quartet is the Faculty String Quartet-in-Residence at the Indiana University Summer String Academy every summer, where we are deeply involved in the Academy’s student chamber music program. All students audition for string quartet placement, receive regular coachings with the Verona Quartet as well as other faculty members, and participate in a string quartet competition towards the end of the festival. For application information, click here.
The Quartet’s other teaching credits include masterclasses and residencies at Oberlin Conservatory, San Jose State University, Virginia Commonwealth University, New England Conservatory Preparatory School, NYU Abu-Dhabi, Vancouver Summer Music Institute, the Lunenburg Academy of Music Performance and the Music Mountain Festival Academy.
Cross-Cultural + Interdisciplinary Experiences
With four members hailing from different parts of the world, we have learned that navigating barriers - cultural or otherwise - through open communication and mutual respect is vital to the health of any organization, institution or community. It is with this mindset that we endeavor to share our music and experiences with others.
We are also passionate about exploring intersections of various art forms and/or cultures; past collaborations have included concerts with Emirati poets in the United Arab Emirates, performances with dancers from Dance Heginbotham, arts installations with visual artist Ana Prvački, as well as salon-style opera productions with singers from Mise-En-Scène Studios.