The Young Artists String Quartet was founded in 1981 at UC Santa Barbara as a graduate scholarship quartet. Since that time, the ensemble - in its different incarnations - has performed at the Banff Festival, University of Taipei, Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts International Festival of Chamber Music, Soundfest Institute of Quartets in Cape Cod, Snowbird Institute in Utah, Festival-Institute at Round Top, Texas, and the Evian International Competition in France, among others. They have also participated in workshops across the country and coached with such notable ensembles at the Danish, Juilliard, and Calidore quartets, as well as Brooklyn Rider. They most recently participated in a master class with Yo-Yo Ma, presented on campus by UCSB Arts & Lectures in conjunction with the Department of Music.
UC Santa Barbara is the only campus to offer the Graduate String Quartet Program, which receives special funding from the Humanities division in the College of Letters and Science. Below are the details of the program.
Quartet members receive tuition and fees (in-state), plus a stipend.
- CD or live audition for the Master of Music (MM) degree
- Live audition for the Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) degree
- GRE examination
- Three letters of recommendation
- Other details are outlined in the graduate application
The quartet coaches with all members of the Strings Faculty, rotating on a quarterly basis. A complete quartet recital is given each year and participants are expected to perform in masterclasses, special events, and serve as ambassadors of the Department of Music.
Each quartet member will have private study with the appropriate faculty member and is expected to give at least one solo recital per academic year.
Learn more about the MM, DMA, and the combined MM/DMA Performance degrees in the Music Department, Graduate Program section of UCSB's General Catalog.
For more information about the YASQ or graduate programs of study, please contact the Graduate Advisor.
Learn more about the Strings Program on the Strings Area page.