MacPhail String Quartet



The MacPhail String Quartet is performance-oriented quartet featuring some of the Twin Cities finest young string players chosen by competitive audition. Coached by MacPhail teaching artist, Jeremy Swider, the MacPhail String Quartet will perform in a variety of settings throughout the year and will receive regular coachings on ensemble playing techniques and musicianship. Coachings will begin in October on either Saturday afternoons or Tuesday evenings depending on the participants availability. In addition to presenting their own recitals at MacPhail, the group will perform in the community and audition for MacPhail Honors Recitals, Minnesota Varsity and the SPCO Chamber Music Competition, as their schedules allow.

For the audition students can prepare a polished solo or etude representing their ability level (no accompaniment) plus an excerpt (see below for links to the excerpt pdfs). Students may record two videos, one of their prepared piece and one video of their excerpt. Please upload the completed videos as an unlisted video to YouTube and send the links to Please also complete the Quartet Application (see below for a link to the form). Video links and the completed application are due to Jeremy Swider by September 30. Students will be notified about the audition results by October 9.

Advanced String Quartet Application
Cello Excerpt
Viola Excerpt
Violin Excerpt

About Classes & Ensembles at MacPhail

MacPhail group music classes, ensembles and summer camps, help students of any age and any skill level meet their musical goals in a comfortable and fun group setting! In our classes, you can develop your playing or singing skills or learn about music composition, theory, or music appreciation in a relaxed, collaborative environment with like-minded peers. By joining an ensemble, you can take your group’s talents to the stage! Learn more about Groups and Ensembles for Youth or for Adults.

MacPhail offers group music lessons for all ages and abilities! Create your own group lesson by gathering your friends or family members and we’ll place you with one of our outstanding faculty who is equipped to teach beginning through advanced music lessons. Groups can consist of students the same age or inter-generational groups (parent/child).

14 years - 18 years
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