Delgani Adult Quartet RetreatA 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.
Individuals 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. There will also be plenty of opportunities to read music with others and work with members of the Delgani String Quartet.
Extra-curricular activities include indoor and outdoor recreation on the Kilston estate, optional trips to local wineries, and star-gazing led by retired astronomer Steve Kilston.
*NEW* pianist Andrei Andreev will present a recital on Sunday evening after the retreat is over. Your tuition covers your cost to hear this phenomenal pianist.
Please register early! We limit enrollment to ensure quality instruction and attention.
Thursday evening, October 19, through Sunday evening, October 22
Estate of Steve and Vera Kilston in Cottage Grove, Oregon
Wyatt True, Executive Director, (541) 579-5882
(subject to change and also open to suggestion!)
Material and Strategies for Effective Warmups
Rehearsal Techniques for Chamber Music
So Much Music! An Exploration of String Quartet Repertoire from Haydn to Now
Art of Fugue: From Bach to Beethoven
Call 4 Scores: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Commissioning of New Works
6 pm — Arrival (please eat dinner before arrival)
7 pm — Orientation, group activities, seminar, and music!
Friday & Saturday
8 am — Breakfast
MORNINGS — Group warmups, individual practice, ensemble coaching
12 pm — Lunch
AFTERNOONS — Ensemble rehearsals, ensemble coaching, private lessons, sightreading, free time, etc.
5 pm — Dinner
EVENINGS — Delgani open rehearsal, seminar, sightreading, group activities, free time, etc.
8 am — BREAKFAST
9 am — Group warmups by instrument
10 am — Individual practice
11 am — Ensemble coaching
12 pm — LUNCH
1 pm — Performance preparations
3 pm — Retreat performance
6 pm — Recital by pianist Andrei Andreev (optional)
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 a handful of private suites and two large dormitory space. Each participant will have their own bed and can choose to stay in a dormitory, private room, or at the Best Western Inn just 13 minutes away.
Tuition — $350
Includes all coachings, seminars, individual instruction, performances, and meals from Friday breakfast to Sunday lunch.
On-site lodging: all rates are for three nights (Thurs, Fri, Sat)
$100 — Dormitory with shared bath (segregated male/female dorms)
$300 — Private room with private bath (only three available — UPDATE: only one remaining as 9/1)
** NEW ** Hotel option for commuters!
Cottage Grove’s Best Western Inn is offering a discounted rate to retreat participants. Located at 1601 Gateway Blvd, the hotel is just a 13-minute drive from the retreat.
Best Western’s discount rate is $99.71 ($89.99 + tax) per night for a double-occupancy room with either one king or two queen beds. Be sure to mention the Delgani String Quartet Retreat when booking.
Traveling with another participant? Best Western’s double-occupancy rate may provide the best tradeoff between price and privacy. Pay only the tuition fee to Delgani and split the hotel cost with your travel partner.
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.