Charles Castleman, Director

                        in Residence S.U.N.Y.Fredonia

June 14-August 2, 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Welcome to the home page of The Castleman Quartet Programs. Founded by Charles Castleman in 1970, this unique summer program will be at Fredonia, NY in 2015:

In the words of Yo-Yo Ma,

"The Quartet Program is the best program of its kind that I know. Every young person not only learns many of the great works written for this genre, but they must also learn how to work with each other and to communicate the most personal thoughts to their colleagues. No one emerges from the program without great love of music and better knowledge of interpersonal relationships. I view this program as a training ground for lifemanship."

Each seven-week participant learns "from scratch" and performs at The Castleman Quartet Program one Concerto movement, 2 contrasting Bach movements, or the equivalent along with two string quartets and a Sonata, - ideal preparation for college auditions or solo competitions. There are analogous opportunities for three-week participants. A week of Sonata study is built into the 7-week session at Fredonia. Subject to availability, it also may be added to either three-week session.

Caeli Smith, "Roving Reporter" for NPR's From The Top wrote an apt description of her experience at QP for violinist.com, available at "http://www.violinist.com/blog/caeli/2008".

Given that only 36 participants are accepted in a given session, CQP's success rate is unique. Twenty-one active professional chamber groups have more than one CQP alumnus as members, and ninety-three such groups have one CQP alumnus. Eighty-six orchestras have at least one principal player who attended CQP. CQP counts among its past participants a VP of Deutsche Bank, a doctor who discovered a cure for a previously always fatal genetic disease, an executive of Legal Aid in the San Francisco area, several Grammy winners and finalists, directors and writers of such TV shows as “Seinfeld” and “Desperate Housewives”, producers for the most important recording companies, and more than twenty directors of their own Arts Programs. CQP’s record of success is self-perpetuating. Alumni of CQP are excited to help younger colleagues who shared the same CQP experience. Those CQP alumni that attended Harvard, Yale, and Princeton in the past made such marks as students there, that almost 100% of QP alumni applying to those schools are accepted.

CQP’s schedule is partially structured, offering a sample organized workday, and partially unstructured to allow each participant to discover the most effective conditions for his/her optimum progress. The group, assembled and assigned by Charles Castleman, remains intact for the duration of the program, with all the QP faculty involved in teaching verbal and non-verbal communication and the principles of Group Dynamics, and mediating problem resolution.

 

If you are interested in becoming a participant in a Castleman Quartet Program then the following links provide useful information. :

      

 

History of CQP including testimonials from some of the world's best-known musicians

Schedule of Concerts and Classes Summer 2014 (updated 6/23/14)

Faculty and Staff 2014 Sessions (updated 6/3/14)

CQP's Venue

Where CQP Alumni work (updated 10/29/14)

Forms:Application et al (printer-friendly)(updated 9/1/12)

What to expect as a participant (updated 7/11/13)

 

 

 

CONCERTS AT CQP 2014 (7:30 unless otherwise noted)

JUNE 14 BASIL VENDRYES + FRIENDS 

JUNE 20 CHARLES CASTLEMAN—SOLO VIOLIN 

JUNE 26 SOLO CONCERT 3 PM  

JUNE 26 QUARTET CONCERT
Brashear/Arnett/Durell/Balaji Haydn Emperor Op 76#3
Nakashima/Long/Gokelman/Gabriel Mozart K 387
Dunlap/Zeitlin/Yeager/Efthimiou Hindemith Op 32 (1923)

JUNE 27 QUARTET CONCERT
King/Bonk/Baucom/Fisher Mozart K 421
Kronk/Gregg/Loeb/Rivero Shostakovich 5 (1952)
Rowe/J Lee/Jones/Erhard Schumann 3

JUNE 28 SOLO CONCERT 3 PM  

JUNE 28 QUARTET CONCERT
Greer/Shea/Guerrero/S Kim Sibelius "intimate voices"(1909)
Oswald/Dolamore/Vicic/Kushner/Boswell Taneyev Quintet Op 16 (1904)

JULY 2 SONATA CONCERT

Shea K380 /Balaji Chopin Sonata  /Gokelman  Bowen Fantasy

JULY 3 SONATA CONCERT

Gabriel Brahms F Sonata /Gregg Beethoven Sonata Op 30#3 /Yeager Brahms Eb Sonata    

JULY 4 SONATA CONCERT (4PM)

Vicic Hindemith Ein Schwanendreher / Loeb Bloch Suite Hebraique / Rivero Barber Sonata  

JULY 5 SONATA CONCERT

Zeitlin K454/ Baucom Bach Gamba Sonata/ Kushner Debussy Sonata

JULY 7 SONATA CONCERT 

Durell Der Maerchenbilder/  Bonk Beethoven Sonata Op 30 #2/ Jones Clarke Sonata  

JULY 11 CHARLES CASTLEMAN AND FRIENDS SONATA RECITAL

Debussy Sonata/ Brahms d Sonata/ Grieg Sonata#2

JULY 12 CSABA ERDELYI  MASTERCLASS

JULY 18 DUO RECITAL THOMAS LANDSCHOOT and CHARLES CASTLEMAN

JULY 19 JOINT MASTER CLASS LANDSCHOOT/CASTLEMAN

JULY 23 SOLO 8 PM

JULY 24 SOLO 3 PM

JULY 24 QUARTET

Simmons/Milne/Yeager/Schenker Beethoven Op 95
J Lee/Drozdiak/Jones/Erhard BIRTWISTLE “Tree of Strings”(2007)
Bonk/Towsey/Weiser/James SHOSTAKOVICH 10 (1964)

JULY 25 QUARTET
Shea/Lyon/Guerrero/Wang Mozart K 428
Polychromakos/Winter/Friedman/Reed BRITTEN #3(1975)
Vandervelden/Koenig/ E Lin/ Vosburgh Brahms a

JULY 26 SOLO 3 PM

JULY 26 QUARTET
Arnett/Brashear/Durell/Balaji Ginastera 1(1948)
Oliart/Oswald/Biscoveanu/Ultan WOLPE Quartet in 2 Movements (1969)
Laipang/Pepper/Vartanian/Swanson/Jakovcic  Mendelssohn A Quintet

Questions? Email ccastleman22@gmail.com,

write c/o Eastman School, 26 Gibbs St, Rochester, NY 14604. or telephone (585) 2741592