Educating the next generation of musicians is an integral part of the quartet’s mission, and the players are invigorated by the ways in which teaching and performing support and feed off each other. The Fry Street Quartet holds the Dan C. and Manon Caine Russell Endowed String Quartet Residency at the Caine College of the Arts at Utah State University, and as the string faculty, each member of the ensemble teaches his or her instrument as well as chamber music studies.
The FSQ has created a tightly knit string program of highly motivated students who receive an extraordinary amount of attention and care from their mentors. Students of the ensemble have gone on to renowned graduate programs, including those at the Cleveland Institute of Music, Northwestern University, Royal Conservatory of Scotland, New England Conservatory, Peabody Institute of Music, and The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and have won MTNA and ASTA competitions in solo and chamber music categories, the Lion’s Club International Violin Competition, and the T. Gordon Parks Collegiate Concerto Competition.
In partnership with the Chamber Music Society of Logan, the quartet has brought world-class artists to Utah State for performances and masterclasses, including the Emerson, Jerusalem and Brentano quartets. As part of the Visiting Artist and Lecture Series at USU the quartet has presented residencies by visiting artists such as James Dunham, Paul Katz, and Libby Larsen, as well as principal players from the Utah Symphony. In addition to their work at the university, the quartet’s members have held positions and given masterclasses at DePaul University, the Madeline Island Music Camp, Oficina de Musica de Curitiba, the Einfeldt Chamber Music Seminar, Credo at Oberlin, The Crowden School, and the American String Teachers Association national convention.
In 2017, the FSQ launched the Fry Street Chamber Music Festival on their home campus at Utah State University. Focusing on string players ages 14-18, the FSCMF seeks to create engaged and passionate chamber musicians and citizens through a uniquely personalized and intense environment of study. Daily rehearsals, coachings, and other activities give students the opportunity to learn lifelong skills of collaboration, trust, and communication, all while deepening their musical understanding. In addition to student performances, the FSQ and guest artists are featured in concerts throughout the weeklong festival. Dates for next year’s festival are July 14-20, 2019, and more information can be found here.
Crowden Music Center Chamber Music Workshop Faculty
Bows at the Barn String Camp in Wichita, KS
Las Vegas Academy Masterclasses & Recital