High School String Quartet Seminar

Important note: this program has been cancelled for 2021. 

The Program

The Brevard Music Center is thrilled to announce a new, two-week seminar presented by the Jasper String Quartet! The ensemble will serve as our quartet-in-residence for this engaging and intensive program designed for high school string students ages 14-18.

The High School String Quartet Seminar will enroll up to eight quartets. This program is open to both pre-formed groups and to individuals who will be assigned to a quartet prior to arrival. 

During the program, students will work closely with the Jasper String Quartet to receive:

  • Group coachings
  • Private lessons
  • Stage management and self-promotion
  • Masterclasses
  • Competition preparation
  • Video recording session in the new Parker Concert Hall
  • Numerous performance opportunities
  • Ability to attend on-campus concerts


Jasper String Quartet
Winner of the prestigious CMA Cleveland Quartet Award, Philadelphia's Jasper String Quartet is the Professional Quartet in Residence at Temple University's Center for Gifted Young Musicians and the Founder and Artistic Director of Jasper Chamber Concerts. They are also the 2020-2022 Artists in Residence at Swarthmore College.

The Jaspers have been hailed as “sonically delightful and expressively compelling” (The Strad) and the New York Times named their album, Unbound, as one of the 25 Best Classical Recordings of 2017.

J Freivogel, violin
Karen Kim, violin
Andrew Gonzalez, viola
Rachel Henderson Freivogel, cello

Audition Requirements

This program is open to both pre-formed string quartets and individuals who will be assigned to a quartet prior to arrival. All students submit their own application. Upload audio recordings or link(s) to YouTube video auditions directly into your application.

Audition requirements (for individuals or pre-formed groups)
1. Solo performance
2. Chamber music performance or a second, contrasting solo performance


The tuition for the High School String Quartet Seminar is $2500 per person. This includes all instruction, housing, meals, and transportation in Brevard. Each participant is responsible for travel to and from Brevard.

The application fee is $45. A non-refundable enrollment fee of $500 per person is due within 2 weeks of acceptance.


Brevard Music Center offers limited scholarship support for the String Quartet Seminar according to a student's audition and demonstrated financial need, and program need. 

Students are encouraged to seek financial assistance from outside sources. Schools, music clubs and organizations, youth orchestras and bands, service clubs (e.g., Rotary, Kiwanis, etc.), businesses, and foundations may be willing to help. Be professional and creative, and start planning early.

Organizations providing scholarships for musicians

Students apply for Brevard's scholarships online, as part of the regular application process. Applying for scholarship support requires disclosure of certain financial information and a detailed statement of need.

BMC Opportunity Scholarship

The BMC Opportunity Scholarship is designed to assist historically underrepresented populations in the study of music. Open to students of African-American and Latinx descent, the BMC Opportunity Scholarship program seeks to help these young musicians overcome financial obstacles that might prevent them from achieving their full potential. BMC Opportunity Scholarships are awarded in conjunction with financial aid. Students may apply for the scholarship in the Financial Aid section of the online application. 


All payments, except the $45 application fee and $500 reservation deposit, will be fully refunded if the Center receives notice of cancellation due to serious illness before May 15.

Written verification from an M.D. is required before a refund can be made. No reduction in fees can be made for late arrival or early departure.

No refunds will be made after May 15.

Typical Daily Schedule

8:00 a.m. Breakfast
8:30 a.m. Private Practice/Music Theory or History class
9:25 a.m. Morning meeting (all together)
9:45 a.m. Ensemble rehearsal, private lessons, faculty coaching, masterclasses
12:00 p.m. Lunch
1:30 p.m. Ensemble rehearsal or coaching with faculty
3:30 p.m. Private practice, ensemble rehearsal, or free time
5:30 p.m. Dinner
7:00 p.m. Evening Activities (Concerts/freetime/outdoor activities/sightreading )