Montclaire String Quartet

The Montclaire String Quartet will be celebrating its 25th year as Quartet-in -Residence of the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra with the 2014-2015 season. In addition to performing its own four-concert series in Charleston and recitals around the state, each of the Quartet members serve as the principal of the Symphony’s string sections. A large part of Montclaire’s mission is to bring classical music to children throughout West Virginia, and the Quartet plays approximately 70 uniquely innovative programs per year, reaching as many as 14,000 kids of all ages annually. A special educational concert was seen throughout the state on a one-hour West Virginia Public Broadcasting special for the Arts and Letters series at the Governor’s Mansion.

These various accomplishments have placed the Montclaire String Quartet in the heart of the Kanawha Valley community and they have been proud recipients of the Mayor’s Award for Outstanding Organization given by the Fund for the Arts. 

The Montclaire are previous prizewinners in The Coleman Chamber Ensemble Competition, Chamber Music Society of the Monterey Peninsula Competition, Chamber Music Yellow Springs Competition, Evian International String Quartet Competition and the Banff International String Quartet Competition. They have previously held positions as Artists-in-Residence at the University of Northern Iowa and the University of Wisconsin at Whitewater. For many summers it was featured as Quartet-in-Residence at the New Hampshire Music Festival.

Montclaire String Quartet has always been committed to performing contemporary works for their audiences. As part of a consortium of four chamber ensembles, the Quartet was awarded a grant to commission a piece by composer Morton Subotnik that was premiered in the 1998-99 season. The Quartet was also invited to perform and subsequently record Katherine Hoover’s piano quintet, Da Pacem, which has been released on the Koch Classics label. This led to a successful recital on the Terrace Theater Series at Washington’s Kennedy Center. The quartet recently gave the world premiere of West Virginia composer David Williams’s String Quartet No. 1, as well as a presentation of “Black Angels” by West Virginia composer George Crumb.

In the 2008-2009 season, the quartet in conjunction with the West Virginia Symphony, was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Grant to present works by American composers. This led to a series of highly successful programs state- wide featuring the works of Darol Anger among others.

Current members shown above are Anton Shelepov; Cristian Fatu, violin; Bernard Di Gregorio, viola & Andrea Di Gregorio, cello.

Andrew and Amy Vaughan Student Symphonic Fellowship 2014-2015

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: The purpose of this musical fellowship is to develop and encourage  West Virginia high school students (grades 9-12) who actively study music to explore professional careers related to a music discipline. This is an extensive, monitored, and time-intensive training program structured to take place primarily outside school hours.  

In an effort to open the program to as many student musicians as possible, we invite applications from instruments outside the standard orchestral complement including piano and saxophone.  Each fellowship will be individually designed to further develop an individual’s potential as a musician.

There are many benefits to participating in the fellowship:

  • Experience  direct interaction both onstage and backstage with musicians of the WVSO from different vantage points during rehearsals to ascertain how each different concert is prepared for performance
  • Experience interaction with nationally and internationally-renowned soloists, musicians, and performers
  • Meet and interact with Maestro Grant Cooper, Artistic Director and Conductor of the WVSO
  • Receive free tickets to WVSO concerts for both yourself and a guest
  • Serve on occasion as an ambassador for the Symphony to the press and to the community

ELIGIBILITY: The program is open to all West Virginia high school students (grades 9-12).
Instruments: In order to submit a competitive application, each candidate must be a serious instrumental music student who plays a primary instrument that is part of a modern symphony orchestra including:

Strings (harp, violin, viola, cello, bass)
Woodwinds (flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, saxophone)
Brass (trumpet, horn, trombone, tuba)
Percussion (pitched and unpitched percussion instruments, piano)

STANDARDS OF ACCEPTANCE: The  program has been adapted to include serious music students with talent and a strong desire for success as a future professional musician or educator. (Financial resources are available through this program for students whose economic situation or geographic location might otherwise preclude continuing serious music study.)

AUDITION/INTERVIEW FINALIST COMPETITION: A small number of finalists will be invited to advance from the application round to the two-part interview/audition finalist round on Saturday, December 6, 2014 (at the Clay Center-Walker Theater). Members of the selection committee will conduct an interview session with each candidate to further gauge commitment to music and this overall program. The finalists will be asked a broad range of questions that will explore each candidate’s goals, interests, and aptitude. Each candidate will audition on his primary instrument for the selection committee.  (Note: This date conflicts with SAT test date for December 6, 2014.  Please take note that program auditions and interviews take place in the morning.)

Music performed for the audition on instruments other than piano would ideally be one or more movements from the standard concerto repertoire with orchestra, originally composed for your instrument. You must audition with piano accompaniment. You may choose to bring your own accompanist or perform with accompanist provided by the WVSO (at no charge to you) on the day of the audition. Students auditioning on piano should prepare a major solo movement from the standard sonata repertoire for your instrument.

OBLIGATION OF FELLOWS: The  fellowship requires a high level of focus and desire to further one’s music education and academic/professional goals. There is a significant time commitment required for this fellowship. Fellows will be expected to attend rehearsals for three symphonic concerts. Fellows are expected to do a significant level of research on orchestral repertoire, historic, and modern composers.  Most resources are available in local libraries, the Internet, and through school systems. Parts and study-scores for each rehearsal session are provided by the WVSO.

APPLICATION SUBMISSION INFORMATION:
Complete  all parts of the application. If your local school does not have a copy of the application and instructions, you may download here.
If you have questions about the application, you may also contact the WVSO Education Department at (304) 561-3531 or e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
For hand-delivered applications: The WVSO Education office is located at the Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences of WV, One Clay Square, Charleston, WV. Completed applications may be dropped off at the ticket desk in the main lobby until 5 p.m. on Friday, November 21, 2014.
All applications must be received at the education office by FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2014.
(this is not a postmark deadline)

Andrew and Amy Vaughan Student Symphonic Fellowship
Attn: Betty King    West Virginia Symphony Orchestra
P.O. Box 2292      Charleston, WV 25328