Delgani String Quartet Academy

July 23 to 29, 2017


Applications now open!

Join Delgani String Quartet on a private estate in Oregon’s Southern Willamette Valley for one week of coachings, masterclasses, and performance. Extra-curricular activities include swimming, hiking, astronomy observation, game nights, and professional development seminars.


Sunday July 23 through Saturday July 29


Violin, viola, and cello students ages 10-19 — preformed string quartets are also encouraged to apply


Estate of Steve and Vera Kilston in Cottage Grove, Oregon


Wyatt True, Executive Director, (541) 579-5882

Check out highlights from last summer in this video!

Meet Your Hosts

Steve and Vera Kilston own a magnificent property in the Southern Willamette Valley! The property and surrounding acreage will host the Delgani String Quartet Academy.

Steve and Vera have been aerospace engineers (including being responsible for the satellites taking the pictures of Earth’s surface you can see on Google), teachers and coaches (of math, physics, gymnastics, chess, piano, and violin), parents (5 children), and grandparents of 7. Steve has a Ph.D. in Astronomy, discovered a comet, proved that we are made of atoms created in stars, and designed a plausible interstellar spaceship. Vera designed their home and produced the gardens and mosaics decorating it.

The Kilston estate boasts five private suites and a large dormitory space. Each student will have their own bed and, in some cases, their own room depending on the ratio of male to female students admitted to the Academy.

Typical Daily Schedule

08:00 am — BREAKFAST
09:00 am — Individual practice
10:00 am — Ensemble rehearsal
12:00 pm — LUNCH
01:00 pm — Ensemble coaching
02:00 pm — Masterclass
03:00 pm — Swimming, hiking, etc.
05:00 pm — DINNER
06:00 pm — Clean up
07:00 pm — Ensemble rehearsal
08:00 pm — Evening activities (practice, class, seminar, free time)
11:00 pm — BED


Rate incentives are offered for early enrollment:

Early-Bird Special (deadline April 1) — $700
Spring Registration (deadline May 1) — $750
Regular Registration — $800

These are individual rates and include the following:
• Six nights in private estate owned by hosts Steve and Vera Kilston
• All meals from Monday morning to Saturday morning, inclusive
• All private lessons, ensemble coachings, performances, and extracurricular activities

Note: Need-based scholarships may be available. You will have the opportunity to apply after your audition material has been accepted.

How to Apply

Step 1

Create an audition video and upload it to YouTube, Facebook, or another online platform — you will submit a link to this video on the application page. The video should highlight your strengths as a musician and should include contrasting sections or movements. If applying as a pre-formed quartet, please have each member of the quartet submit the same group audition video.

Step 2

Visit the Application Page to submit your contact information and video link. If you submit the application by the deadlines above, you will be eligible for a reduced rate.

Step 3

Wait up to one week. We will contact you with the results of your audition. Keep in mind, we can only accept 16 students and need the proper instrumentation to form string quartets. We will also maintain a waiting list.

Step 4

Once accepted, please submit a completed Registration Form with your deposit.


Call Wyatt True, Executive Director, (541) 579-5882

Online Application is Now Available

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Registration and Payment

After you submit an application AND have been accepted into the Academy, please complete your registration by mailing the Registration Form to us. A non-refundable deposit of $100 is due at the time of registration and will reserve your place in the Academy.

To make a payment, please mail your check or complete payment below within seven (7) days of acceptance into the Academy. Remaining tuition is due by July 1 or your place may be forfeited to the next student on the waiting list.

Cancellation Policy

If a cancellation is made in writing by July 1 then 100% of program fees will be refunded, minus the non-refundable deposit. If a cancellation is made after July 1 but prior to the first day of the Academy, 50% of program fees will be refunded, minus the non-refundable deposit. No refunds will be made after the Academy has begun.

Make a Payment

Pay by check (no processing fees!): PO Box 11131, Eugene OR 97440

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