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  • Fry Street Chamber Music Festival

    Join the Fry Street Quartet, Utah State University's string quartet in residence, for a summer chamber music festival!


    July 15-21, 2018


    Open to students ages 14-18.


    Thank you to the students and audiences that contributed to making our inaugural season a success! We look forward to our 2018 season.


    The opportunity to live and breathe music in a summer festival setting leads to lasting friendships and memories of a lifetime, while profoundly deepening one’s musicianship.   

    Serious pre-college string students studying at the Fry Street Quartet Chamber Music Festival have the opportunity to work in a uniquely personalized and intense environment. Participants will have daily access to the members of the Fry Street Quartet, and enjoy a host of performance opportunities over the course of the weeklong festival. 


    A typical daily schedule includes two coachings, two rehearsals, and sessions ranging from instrumental and chamber music master classes to lecture demonstrations and informal performances by the FSQ. Additionally, participants will receive private lessons with members of the Fry Street Quartet and participate in social activities with the FSQ and all festival attendees. 


    Open to string students age 14-18, applications will be accepted from individuals and pre-formed string quartets. The festival takes place on the Utah State University campus in Logan, and students will enjoy performance opportunities in the spectacular Caine Performance Hall as well as the Logan Tabernacle.  


    For additional information, see tabs above. For questions, please contact Festival Director, Dennis Hirst, at frystreetcmf@gmail.com.



    Students attending the Chamber Music Festival will have the opportunity to engage, perform, and study with Utah State University's resident string quartet - The Fry Street Quartet


    Fry Street Quartet


    This remarkable quartet – hailed as "a triumph of ensemble playing" by the New York Times – is a multi-faceted ensemble taking chamber music in new directions. Touring music of the masters as well as exciting original works from visionary composers of our time, the Fry Street Quartet has perfected a "blend of technical precision and scorching spontaneity" (The Strad). Since securing the Grand Prize at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, the quartet has reached audiences from Carnegie Hall to London, and Sarajevo to Jerusalem, exploring the medium of the string quartet and its life-affirming potential with "profound understanding...depth of expression, and stunning technical astuteness" (Deseret Morning News).


    Education is integral to the quartet’s mission, and the players are invigorated by the ways in which teaching and performing support and feed off each other. The Fry Street Quartet holds the Dan C. and Manon Caine Russell Endowed String Quartet Residency at the Caine College of the Arts at Utah State University. As the sole string faculty, each member of the ensemble teaches his or her instrument as well as chamber music studies. 


    The FSQ has created a unique string program of highly motivated and tightly knit students who receive an extraordinary amount of attention and care from their mentors. Students of the ensemble have gone on to renowned graduate programs, including those at the Cleveland Institute of Music, Northwestern University, Royal Conservatory of Scotland, New England Conservatory, Peabody Institute of Music, and The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and have won MTNA and ASTA competitions in solo and chamber music categories, the Lion’s Club International Violin Competition, and the T. Gordon Parks Collegiate Concerto Competition.  



    Fry Street Quartet Members: 


    Robert Waters

    Robert Waters, violin

    A violinist with “pristine musicianship married to dazzling energy “ (San Francisco ClassicalVoice), Robert Waters is the first violinist of the Fry Street Quartet, in residence at the Caine College of the Arts at Utah State University. READ MORE…


    Rebecca McFaul

    Rebecca McFaul, violin

    The “freedom” and “brilliance” (New York Concert Review) of violinist Rebecca McFaul has fashioned performances that “glide through with a dancer’s grace” (Charlotte Observer). READ MORE…


    Bradley Ottesen

    Bradley Ottesen, viola

    Bradley Ottesen is the violist of the internationally acclaimed Fry Street Quartet. He holds the position of Associate Professor of Professional Practice at Utah State University, and currently serves as the President of the Utah Viola Society. READ MORE…


    Anne Francis Bayless

    Anne Francis Bayless, cello

    Cellist Anne Francis Bayless has been a member of the internationally acclaimed Fry Street Quartet since 2000. READ MORE…










    The 2018 Fry Street Chamber Music Festival will be held July 15-21, on the campus of Utah State University in Logan, Utah.


    A typical daily schedule will include two coachings, two rehearsals, and sessions ranging from instrumental and chamber music master classes to lecture demonstrations. Additionally, participants will receive private lessons with members of the Fry Street Quartet and have the opportunity to enjoy social activities with the FSQ and all festival participants. 


    2018 performances open to the public have not yet been announced.


    Last summer's performances included:


    July 10th, 2017, 7:30 p.m.

    Caine Performance Hall 

    Fry Street Quartet with Andrew Staupe, piano


    July 12th, 2017, 7:30 p.m.

    Caine Performance Hall

    Fry Street Quartet with Nicholas Morrison, clarinet


    July 14th, 2017, 12:00 pm

    Logan Tabernacle 
    Festival Student and Faculty Performance 


    July 15th, 2017, Afternoon
    Caine Performance Hall 
    Final Festival Student Performance

    Festival participants will have the opportunity to perform in the Caine Performance Hall and the Logan Tabernacle.

    Caine Performance Hall


    Logan Tabernacle




    Tuition $300
    Housing & Meals $300*
    Total Festival Fee $600


    $50 deposit due after acceptance and at time of registration, with remainder due June 15 & July 1, 2018.


    Students will be housed in the Merrill Hall dormitory, a short 2-minute walk from the music building. Rooms are double occupancy.


    Resident Assistants for the festival will live in Merrill Hall as well, and will provide supervision and guidance throughout the week.


    Meals will be provided through USU Dining Services.


    Limited scholarships are available. Please complete the information request form (found under the application tab) to apply.


    *For local student participants who do not wish to live on-campus during the festival, a $150 meal plan is required in place of the $300 Housing & Meals fee, making the total festival fee $450.

    Interested participants should begin the application process by completing this online information request form.

    After we have received your information, we will contact you to answer any questions you may have, and to provide you with the materials you need to complete the application process. 
    Please note that as part of the application process, each student will be asked to prepare and submit an audio recording of two contrasting pieces or movements. 
    The complete application with audition recording will be due by May 15, and initial financial deposit due following acceptance at time of registration. 






    The Fry Street Quartet Chamber Music Festival is only possible because of the generous support of organizations and individuals who believe in the arts and understand the value of music education. We appreciate your interest in supporting our festival, and would invite you to consider sponsoring a concert ($400), a student ($600), or an ensemble ($2400). We accept donations in any amount, and all donations are tax deductible. Donations (payable to Fry Street Chamber Music Festival) may be mailed to: Adrienne Larson, CCA Development Director, 4060 Old Main Hill, Logan, UT 84322-4060. For more information, please contact Adrienne Larson, at (435) 797-8924, or adrienne.larson@usu.edu.  

    Thank you to our 2017 season supporters:
    The Caine College of the Arts at Utah State University

    The Department of Music at Utah State University

    Barbara Bentz
    Jean Boettinger
    Janis Boettinger
    Linda Francis
    Sue Grant
    Nancy Huntly
    Sally Sears
    With additional appreciation to individuals who support the string programs at Utah State University:
    Janis Boettinger
    Bruce Bugbee
    John Cockett
    David Coppin
    Sue Durham
    Edward Evans
    Anne Hatch
    Mary Holden
    Nancy Mesner
    Karen Mock
    Eric Packenham
    Claudia Radel
    Sarah Salzberg
    Sally Sears
    John Shivik
    Ned and Gail Weinshenker
    Peter Wilcock