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The Curtis Institute of Music educates and trains exceptionally gifted young musicians for careers as performing artists at the highest professional level. 

Current Summer and Online Program offerings: 

Dover Quartet Workshop
June 15–25, 2022

Join the GRAMMY-nominated Dover Quartet for a 10-day summer program, designed to bring your string quartet to the next level. Prepare for competitions, residencies, and a professional career. 

The inaugural program will offer coachings and masterclasses with members of the Dover Quartet and violinist Shmuel Ashkenasi. The program will also provide participating string quartets with a professionally produced video of one of their performances and career advice on promotion, social media, and networking opportunities. Performances will be held at Curtis in Philadelphia and other venues.

The Dover Quartet seeks groups that have been working together for at least a year and are poised to embark on professional careers. Two to four quartets will be selected on the basis of competitive auditions and tuition and housing will be provided free of charge to participants.   

Application will be open Wednesday, January 5 - Wednesday, February 9, 2022. 

Acceptd application requires a $15 processing fee. 

Accepted quartets will be notified via email by March 4. 


Application Requirements

  • Quartet must have a history of at least one year together at the time of application.
  • Video Submission: 
    • Two contrasting movements written prior to 1800
    • Two contrasting movements written between 1800 and 1980
    • One movement written after 1980  
      • The contrasting movements may be from the same piece or taken from different pieces
  • Video Requirements:
    • No edits; each movement should be recorded in one take with one fixed camera. Multiple microphones are allowed and encouraged if possible. 
    • Recordings should be no more than 6 months old at the time of application.
  • Brief Written Statement: Describe some of your current musical challenges and what you hope to gain most from the Workshop if accepted. 

Upon acceptance to the workshop, participating quartets will be required to provide information beyond what is requested in this application for the purposes of room & board and travel. 

After the deadline, enrollment may be accepted and reviewed on a case-by-case basis. All registrants are encouraged to enroll by the deadline or as soon as possible afterward. Please contact support@curtis.edu with any questions.

For technical questions, please visit the Acceptd Help Desk.