The Department of Music at Mount Allison University invites applications from established and emerging string quartets to be considered as the Marjorie Young Bell String Quartet-in-Residence. This appointment, in celebration of the 100th anniversary of Mount Allison’s first Bachelor of Music degree and the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Marjorie Young Bell Conservatory of Music, is for a paid nine-month residency based on the campus of Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick from August 2016 to May 2017. In addition to a generous stipend, the residency includes a fund for professional development, including travel expenses and coaching opportunities with mentors. The successful quartet will receive the exclusive use of a rehearsal studio/office in the Marjorie Young Bell Conservatory of Music, as well as unlimited access to practice rooms, enabling the group to prepare for future engagements or competitions as necessary. Several on-campus performance opportunities will be expected throughout the residency, including quartet recitals and collaborations with faculty and guest artists in Brunton Auditorium as part of the Department of Music concert series or Mount Allison’s Performing Arts Series. The quartet will have use of Brunton Auditorium’s audio and video recording capabilities.
While not a faculty teaching position, the quartet will be expected to contribute to and enrich the existing programs and courses within the Department of Music. Examples of such activities may include presenting master classes, coaching student chamber music ensembles, coaching Chamber Orchestra sectionals, premiering a new work by a faculty composer, working with composition students, appearing as guests in various History and Education courses, and engaging with the University and regional communities.
To be considered for the Bell residency, please submit the following by December 1, 2015:
• A cover letter, explaining why your quartet would be a good fit for the Bell residency
• CV’s of each of the four members of the quartet, and a professional summary of the quartet as an ensemble
• A list of any confirmed performances for the 2016-17 season
• A video recording of the quartet performing at least three contrasting movements from the string quartet repertoire. Recordings may be submitted on CD, by e-mail, or via a link to YouTube, SoundCloud, or Dropbox.
• Three letters of reference, to be sent directly by the referees to the address below.
Applications should be sent to the address below. Electronic submissions are preferred.
Dr. Stephen Runge
Head and Associate Professor
Department of Music, Mount Allison University
134 Main Street Sackville, NB E4L 1A6
Review of applications will begin on December 1, 2015 and will continue until the residency is filled. Other materials may be requested at a later date.