Blanche Bryden Sunflower Music Festival Summer Institute
for the Advanced Study of Chamber Music
Collegiate String Quartets
June 10 – 16, 2016

The academy of Collegiate String Quartets of the 2016 Blanche Bryden Institute will take place  June 10th-16th on the campus of Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas. Pre-formed collegiate string quartets will be selected based on the fulfillment of the application process including the auditions submitted online.

While at the Institute, quartets will be coached by The Amernet String Quartet, Ensemble-in-Residence at Florida International University-Miami (, attend masterclasses; attend Sunflower Music Festival orchestra and chamber ensembles’ rehearsals and Sunflower Music Festival concerts. Performance opportunities will include outreach recitals in Topeka and the Northeast Kansas communities. The collegiate Institute final concert will be in White Concert Hall on Thursday evening at 7:30 PM, June 16, 2016.

This is an intense week of training for young talented musicians (born after December 31, 1997) seeking a transition from conservatories and universities to a future professional career. There will also be plenty of opportunities to interact with the professional musicians performing in the Sunflower Music Festival Orchestra.

Masterclasses will be given by:    Charles Stegeman, co-founder, Artistic Director and Concertmaster of the Sunflower Music Festival

To be considered, please complete the online application by clicking here, include an audition and submit with an application fee of $50.00. The application fee is non-refundable. Deadline for the application is April 1, 2016. Each musician must fill in the form individually and list the names of each member of your group and their instruments.

Excerpts from 2014 Collegiate String Quartet Institute:
Fauré-Piano Quartet No.1 in C Minor, Op.15
Beethoven-String Quartet No. 8 in E Minor, Op. 59, No. 2
Borodin-String Quartet No. 2

Fees for the Institute:
Room and Board: $350 per student
Tuition: There is no charge for tuition.  The Blanche Bryden Foundation has generously provided funding to support all tuition fees for the week-long Institute.

Housing will be provided in Kuehne Hall, exclusively designated for Blanche Bryden participants, on the campus of Washburn University.  Meals will be catered by Chartwell’s of Washburn and delivered to Garvey Hall on the Campus of Washburn University.


Click here to apply.