Curriculum

The Castleman Quartet Program develops both individual and ensemble skills and explores group dynamics, with at least 3 hours quartet rehearsal and 3 hours solo practice scheduled daily.

SOLO

Every Participant
»  performs in a public concert a solo learned entirely at CQP.
»  has a “dress rehearsal performance” at an off-campus venue when possible.

Three-week Participants (Fredonia & Linfield)
»  prepare a short solo work (up to 8 minutes).

Seven-week Participants (Fredonia)
»  prepare a short work (up to 8 minutes)  ~AND~  a work with significant piano partnership, for duo coaching during Sonata Week.

Either work (but not both) may be chosen for performance at the discretion of Director Charles Castleman.

Lessons
»  Two and a half lessons in each three-week session.
»  One private lesson and two duo coachings during Sonata Week.
»  All faculty available daily for practice help.
»  Seven-week participants work with all CQP teachers of their instrument.

QUARTET
  • Each participant is placed in a string quartet which performs a complete work every three weeks.
  • Every quartet receives at least 9 hours of coaching per three-week session.
  • Each participant takes part in a weekly sight-reading session organized by the Director.
  • Every quartet has the opportunity to perform at a public off-campus venue before the final performance.
  • By the final performance, every quartet is expected to be able to project its own ideas as well as those of the different coaches, and to take responsibility for difficult interpretative decisions.
DAILY SCHEDULE
7:30 Wakeup
7:30 – 8:30 Breakfast
8:45 – 10:45 Quartet rehearsal
11:00 – 1:00 Private practice
(“Practice Help” during this period)
1:00 – 1:45 Lunch
One more hour Quartet rehearsal
5:30 – 6:30 Dinner
One more hour Private practice
7:30 Concerts