The Catalyst Quartet continues its mission beyond the concert stage to performances and engagement in schools and communities around the world. We believe that a commitment to education and advocacy for the arts is the foundation for a bright future and the survival of classical music. Therefore, we have a wide range of curriculums that speak to the changing and diverse young audiences of today.
Master classes and interactive performance presentations offer a terrific opportunity for interaction with the quartet: master classes and coachings give students an opportunity to focus seriously on the works of the great masters, and fun interactive performances are designed with a focus on providing insight into the contemporary world of music as well as giving a fundamental understanding of classical music history, tradition, and cross cultural perspectives.
As a quartet we believe in being arts ambassadors by participating in panel discussions globally on a variety of topics from diversity and inclusion in the arts to the young classical musicians of today and the next generation of string quartets.
All master classes and workshops can be adjusted for various age groups and geared toward your institution’s specific needs.
Ongoing Residencies:•Grand Canyon Music Festival, NACAP-AZ (interactive performance presentations and workshops with Native American student composers).•Sphinx Performance Academy – The Sphinx Performance Academy is a full-scholarship intensive chamber music and solo performance program designed for aspiring Black and Latino string players, ages 12-17.http://sphinxmusic.org/sphinx-performance-academy.html•Sphinx Overture Program – The Overture program delivers access to music education in Detroit and Flint, Michigan. Sphinx instructors hold beginning violin lessons for students in Flint and Detroit area schools. The lessons are free and violins are provided by Sphinx. http://sphinxmusic.org/sphinx-performance-academy.html
Past Residencies: (some multiple engagements)
•University of Pennsylvania, State College, PA (panels, performances)•College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University, St. Cloud, MN (performance, masterclasses)•Meany Hall, at University of Washington in Seattle•Symphony Orchestra Augusta, Georgia•”In Harmony Project” London, UK (week long workshop on diversity and early childhood music education)•New York Public Schools in partnership with the New York Philharmonic-New York, NY (interactive performance presentations)
•UNISA-University of South Africa-Pretoria, SA (masterclass and work with their “El Sistema” program in rural townships)
•University of Witswatersrand-Johannesburg, SA (masterclass and composers workshop)•Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, MI (masterclass)•Interlochen Arts Academy-Interlochen, MI (masterclass)•Chicago Arts Highschool “ChiArts”-Chicago, IL (interactive performance presentation)•Cincinnati Conservatory of Music-Cincinnati, OH (masterclass)•University of North Carolina Charlotte-Charlotte, NC (masterclass)•Charlotte Public Schools-Charlotte, NC (interactive performance presentations)•Rice University-Houston, TX (masterclass)
•US State Department-Colombia–Bogota, Tumaco and Cali (education and performance tour)
•University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, MI (masterclass)
•Kennedy Center-Washington D.C. (Children’s concerts)•University of Colorado/Denver-Denver, CO (masterclass)•Luther College-Decorah, IA (advocacy for diversity in the arts forum)
•Virginia Arts Festival-Norfolk, VA (education and performance residency)
•University of the Pacific-Stockton, CA (masterclass and interactive performance presentation along with a panel discussion on diversity in the arts)
•Napa Valley Public Schools-Napa, CA (interactive performance presentation)•Maui Arts and Culture Center-Maui, HI (masterclass)•William Paterson University-Wayne, NJ (masterclass)•Keane University-Union, NJ (ASTA-string workshop)•Western Michigan University-Kalamazoo, MI (masterclass)•Houston Youth Symphony-Houston, TX (interactive performance presentation and discussion on the future of classical music)•Greater Houston Public Schools-Houston, TX (interactive performance presentation)•Chamber Music America national conference-New York, NY (panel discussion on diversity in the arts)•Community Music Works-Providence, RI (educational residency)•Centre College-Danville, KY (panel discussion on diversity in the arts)•University of North Florida-Jacksonville, FL (masterclass)•Denison University-Granville, OH (panel discussion on diversity in the arts)•Macon Public Schools in partnership with the Knight Foundation-Macon, GA (interactive performance presentation)
•San Jose State University, San Jose, CA