The JACK Quartet completed the first residency in a new chamber music program at the University of Iowa School of Music. In its inaugural year, the UI String Quartet Residency Program (UISQRP) will host three professional string quartets for week-long residencies to work with student musicians at the School of Music. Each quartet residency will include public performances, master classes, public presentations, and numerous opportunities for students to work one-on-one with the ensembles. Subsequent years will involve four string quartets.
The JACK Quartet maintained an extremely busy schedule during their time at UI. They gave numerous chamber music coachings and master classes (including a wind quintet and saxophone quartet), performed two composer reading sessions where they read the new works of UI student composers, performed outreach concerts at Jefferson High School in Cedar Rapids and City High in Iowa City, and gave a presentation on entrepreneurship called “Under the Hood: Behind the Scenes with the JACK Quartet.” The JACK performed a public concert on October 25, which included a collaboration with Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Roger Reynolds and his composition “not forgotten.”
The upcoming spring semester will feature two string quartet residencies: the Linden String Quartet will be on campus from February 26 to March 6, and the Cavani String Quartet will be in residence April 9-13.