Emerging Artists Quartet Residency

The Emerging Artists Quartet Residency is a professional development opportunity for a string quartet in the early stages of its career. Working alongside MICM Faculty in a mentored teaching setting, the EAQIR members receive guidance and gain experience coaching chamber music. The EAQIR participates fully in the Fellowship String Quartet Program, and additionally is featured in full-length concert. The ensemble serves as the summer program’s community engagement liaison, connecting directly with the Madeline Island and Bayfield, WI community members and organizing community engagement events. The following Fall, the EAQIR is invited for a week-long paid residency at the MacPhail Center for Music, the nation’s largest community music school. This residency includes collaboration with MacPhail programs to engage in the Twin Cities community and culminates with a full-length concert at MacPhail’s Antonello Hall.

Emerging Artists Quartet Residency Details

Fellowship String Quartet Program

Sunday, June 23–Sunday, July 28, 2024 (inclusive of travel)

MacPhail Fall Residency

November 2024

Application Deadline 

January 16, 2024


Priority consideration will be given to string quartets that have been playing together for a minimum of one academic year.

Tuition and Fees 

  • Application fee: $150 (per quartet)  
  • Tuition, Room, and Board: All participants receive full scholarship to attend, which includes tuition, room and board, thanks to the generosity of Madeline Island Chamber Music donors
  • Stipend: $6,000 (paid prior to fall residency)
  • The quartet is responsible for the cost of transportation to the program 

Residency Outline

Madeline Island Chamber Music (La Pointe, WI)

In addition to participating in the Fellowship String Quartet Program, which provides retreat-like setting for study, rehearsal, and performance, the EAQIR will:

  • Work alongside our faculty to gain experience coaching chamber music as designed Mentored Teachers
  • Present a full-length concert
  • Collaborate in performance with select Artist Faculty
  • Lead community engagement activities, such as lecture demonstrations, children’s concerts, and house concerts

MacPhail Artist Residency (Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN)

  • Present workshops for local K-12 students at MacPhail’s Partner Schools
  • Lead master classes, lecture demonstrations, and interactive outreach events in collaboration with MacPhail’s Community Programs, mentoring students of all ages
  • Featured performance at MacPhail Center for Music’s Antonello Hall
  • $6,000 stipend, in addition to covering travel expenses, accommodations, and per diem

Application Materials

Video auditions are required for all applicants and must be uploaded directly to the Acceptd application prior to the submission deadline.

Letter of recommendation from your current chamber music coach or mentor.

A video interview with the quartet may also be requested.


  • Two full works contrasting in style and tempo
  • One quartet must be from the classical period (Haydn, Mozart, or Beethoven are recommended)

Past Emerging Artists Quartet-in-Residence

2023Lírios Quartet
2022Ivalas Quartet
2021Julius Quartet