Student scholarships in the amount of $3,000 each are available for each of the members of the Thornton String Quartet. Any student pursuing any degree at the University of Nebraska-Kearney is eligible. Students who plan to major in music are also eligible for additional scholarships in music.
Members of the Thornton String Quartet rehearse twice a week and perform in the Kearney Symphony Orchestra, which rehearses one evening per week. Each semester the quartet will also perform in community/university service settings. In addition, the quartet will be available for other performance events allowing for added income for each quartet member.
Competitive auditions for the Thornton String Quartet will be held at UNK on regularly scheduled audition dates. Students interested in the Thornton String Quartet are highly recommended to register for one of the dates. If travel considerations make this impossible, a high quality videotape may be substituted.
Audition Repertoire Requirements:
All applicants should demonstrate their performance capabilities by playing two contrasting pieces (two minutes minimum), one piece requiring technical facility and another displaying tone quality. In addition, each applicant must prepare and perform the appropriate music excerpt indicated below.
Violin - A first movement from any Haydn Violin Concerto
Viola - J. Chr. Bach: Viola Concerto in C minor: Mvt. I, mm. 12 - 110
Cello - Breval: Sonata in C Major for Cello & Piano: to the first repeat
The required excerpts will be provided upon request. Piano accompaniment and memorization for the excerpts is not required for live or taped auditions.
Guidelines for TSQ Members:
For additional information, contact:
Dr. Ting-Lan Chen
Department of Music and Performing Arts