Delgani Adult Quartet Retreat

A Weekend of Chamber Music and Friends in the Beautiful Southern Willamette Valley


October 19 to 22, 2017


Delgani’s Adult String Quartet Retreat is designed for string players of all levels who would like to improve their chamber music skills while exploring new repertoire. Individuals and pre-formed groups are invited to apply. No professional experience is required.

Individual participants will be placed into quartets with fellow participants. Groups will have rehearsals, receive coachings, explore repertoire in reading sessions, attend seminars on string quartets, and have the opportunity to perform at the end of the weekend.

Extra-curricular activities include indoor and outdoor recreation on the Kilston estate, optional trips to Cottage Grove Lake or local wineries, and star-gazing led by retired astronomer Steve Kilston.

Please register early! We are limiting enrollment to 12 individuals to ensure quality instruction and attention.


Thursday October 19 through Sunday October 22


Estate of Steve and Vera Kilston in Cottage Grove, Oregon


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

Seminar Topics

(subject to change and also open to suggestion!)

Autobiographical Elements in the String Quartets of Dmitri Shostakovich

Classical Sonata Form in Mendelssohn’s Op. 12 Quartet

The Fusion of South American Folk Idioms with Western European Compositional Practices in Ginastera’s First String Quartet

Art of Fugue: From Bach to Beethoven

Call 4 Scores: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Commissioning of New Works

Tentative Weekend Schedule


6 pm — Arrival (please eat dinner before arrival)
7 pm — Seminar by Delgani
8 pm — Group activities


9 am — Individual practice
10 am — Open rehearsal with Delgani
11 am — Ensemble rehearsal
12 pm — LUNCH
1 pm — Ensemble rehearsal
2 pm — Ensemble coaching
3 pm — Free time
7 pm — Seminar by Delgani
8 pm — Group activities


9 am — Individual practice
10 am — Open rehearsal with Delgani
11 am — Ensemble rehearsal
12 pm — LUNCH
1 pm — Performance preparations
3 pm — Performance

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 Adult Quartet Retreats.

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, astronomy, 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 participant will have their own bed and can opt to reserve one of the private suites.


Tuition — $300

Includes all coachings, seminars, individual instruction, performances, breakfast and lunch Friday through Sunday. Participants are responsible for dinners with many restaurants just minutes away in Cottage Grove.

Lodging: all rates are for three nights (Thurs, Fri, Sat)

$150 — Dormitory style (segregated co-ed)
$300 — Private room with bath en suite (double occupancy possible)
$??? — Hotels or other accommodations in Cottage Grove available upon request

These are individual rates and include the following:
• Three nights in private estate owned by hosts Steve and Vera Kilston
• Breakfast and lunch on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (snacks available throughout day)
• All ensemble coachings, seminars, performances, and extracurricular activities


Please download the following registration form and submit it along with all program fees.

Although not required, a video or audio recording of your playing would be greatly appreciated. It will help us place individuals in appropriate groups. Please use our Contact Page to send a file or link to an online video.