NEC's Professional String Quartet Program is led by Paul Katz. The program is open specifically to existing string quartets who are selected by audition; it is not open to individuals. One quartet is selected for a two-year residency. Applications are typically accepted every two years.
The program provides intensive training and coaching for exceptional groups that show the talent and commitment necessary to pursue a concert career. Students in the program receive a full tuition scholarship and a $10,000 stipend, weekly coachings from Paul Katz plus weekly individual studio instruction from NEC strings faculty members, daily group rehearsal, and training in all aspects of musicianship and career development. Quartets perform a yearly recital in our world-renowned Jordan Hall and are contracted through NEC for outreach opportunities and performances at venues throughout New England.
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Participants in the Program
Lineups named on this page represent how the quartets were constituted during their participation in NEC's Professional String Quartet program.