At 5:30am the morning after the Waterfront Concert, I was on a plane to Atlanta, Georgia, for the 2014 McDuffie Labor Day Chamber Music Festival at Mercer University. The McDuffie Center for Strings is a program within the Townsend School of Music at Mercer that was founded by Robert McDuffie and Amy Schwartz Moretti, former concertmaster of the Oregon Symphony. The Labor Day Chamber Music Festival was an intensive weekend quartet workshop.
It was an honor to be one of 8 musicians selected by audition from across the country. I was first violin, and our quartet worked on Mozart’s Dissonance Quartet. Our coach was David Halen, Concertmaster of the St. Louis Symphony. Our quartet also played in a masterclass for Lawrence Dutton of the Emerson Quartet.
When I was younger, and attending the first Portland Summer Ensembles summer workshop here in Portland, I had the opportunity to learn from Ms. Moretti. It was really nice to again, be coached by her again, and make new acquaintances. Overall, this was a very amazing, productive, and well-spent weekend.
A local NBC television station covered the concert here: Festival for Strings feature high school students from across the country