Under the guidance of Artistic Director Elizabeth O'Hara Stahr, the Crescendo Quartet‐in‐Residence mentors advanced string musicians in grades 8‐12 who audition successfully for the program. Participants are encouraged to develop a sense of musical independence through professional coaching sessions, peer collaboration with other chamber ensemble members, and performance opportunities in a variety of settings. The Arlington Philharmonic believes that the maturing musicians who participate in Crescendo will develop a deeper pride in their talents and abilities through musical exploration and technique refinement in a fun, supportive, and collaborative environment.
Crescendo musicians receive Instruction in chamber music techniques including ensemble leadership, sound development, ensemble identity, style analysis, performance techniques, music selection, and a refined sense of peer collaboration and communication. Rehearsals are held from 7-9 PM, September-May, on Mondays.
Three times a year, Crescendo players present dedicated recital-style concerts featuring the music they have prepared with their coaches. Musicians participating during prior seasons have performed in concert halls and in the community, including at the Roslyn Spectrum, The Jefferson Senior Living Community, and the Lubber Run Amphitheater, the latter on stage with the Arlington Philharmonic.
Crescendo values the interaction and insight that comes from exposing its young musicians to outstanding Guest Artists in the field through master classes and other special events. Guest Artists may include professional string quartets, solo performers, and even non‐classical professional musicians.
The Annual Membership Fee is $700. Membership includes weekly coaching by professional musicians, Guest Artist sessions, and at least three performances per year. There is a $40 Audition fee, payable in advance.
Auditions for the 2018-2019 season will be held by appointment on June 11, 2018. See the Auditions page for more information.