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Fry Street Chamber Music Festival

Join us for an incredible week dedicated to music-making and collaboration on the beautiful Utah State University campus!  Students come away inspired after working closely with the members of the Fry Street Quartet each day in coachings, lessons, and master classes, and enjoy a wide range of performances throughout the week.  Applications are being accepted now!  
July 14-20, 2019
Final application deadline is May 15th!

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The Fry Street Chamber Music Festival seeks to create engaged and passionate chamber musicians and citizens through a uniquely personalized and intense environment of study. Daily rehearsals, coaching sessions, and other activities give students the opportunity to learn lifelong skills of collaboration, trust, and communication, all while deepening their musical understanding.

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.

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).

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.

Anne Francis Bayless

Anne Francis Bayless, cello

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


 Brant Bayless
Brant Bayless, viola
Brant Bayless is the Principal Violist of the Utah Symphony.

The 2019 Fry Street Chamber Music Festival will be held July 14-20, 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. 



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

Caine Performance Hall

Logan Tabernacle

Tuition $300
Housing & Meals $305*
Total Festival Fee $605

   $50 deposit due after acceptance and at time of registration, with remainder due June 15 & July 1, 2019.

   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 $305 Housing & Meals fee, making the total festival fee $450.

Students interested in participating in the 2019 Festival may 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, 2019, 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

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