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Unique Opportunity for Students

Please read the following message regarding a new and unique opportunity . I encourage brass players to seek out a chamber work with strings.

To all new and returning brass students,

I would like to welcome those of you who are new to the University of Iowa and a welcome back all our returning students. I hope all of you had a wonderful summer filled with great music and are excited about taking on the challenges of the new academic year. I know that all of us on the faculty are very excited about the prospect of working with all of you.

I wanted to fill you in on a new initiative here at the University of Iowa that is a very exciting opportunity. The University of Iowa String Quartet Residency Program is a new program that will bring 3-4 professional string quartets each year to UI for week-long residencies. During these residencies, the visiting quartets will give public performance, master classes, sessions on how they built their careers and work intensively with student chamber music groups. The UI School of Music is incredibly fortunate to have this resource and I would like to invite you to take full advantage of it.

We will have three outstanding groups visiting us this year. Ranging from experts in the field of new music to competition winners to a group whose career has spanned multiple decades and trained many of today’s young groups, these quartets will be sharing their knowledge and talents with all who have registered for String Chamber Music during the next academic year.

October – JACK Quartet (

February/March – Linden String Quartet (

April – Cavani Quartet (

Students who are enrolled in String Chamber Music (025:188: 001) will have weekly coachings with Elizabeth Oakes, participate in a weekly seminar and will have the opportunity for multiple coachings and master class opportunities with the visiting quartets. This fall, students will also have the chance to participate in a master class with the St. Lawrence String Quartet (

You can enroll in 025:188:001 as a preformed ensemble or as an individual. This is course is not limited to string players but groups must contain at least one string player. If you are interested in the course, please contact me directly to see if we might find a group for you. Enrollment as an individual does not guarantee placement in a group; placement is contingent on number of students enrolled, finding appropriate repertoire and finding the right match.

Please feel free to email me directly if you have any questions. (

Wishing you a great start to this new academic year!

Beth Oakes

Elizabeth Oakes

Welcome New Students!

Welcome back all returning students and welcome to all new students attending the University of Iowa this fall. We are thrilled to have you taking part in the University of Iowa School of Music.

This semester will be full of band and orchestra concerts, faculty recitals, guest artists performances and masterclasses, student recitals, and chamber music performances.

Our hope is that you are exposed to new styles of music and learn to love the music making process.

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