Eight of our Resident Teaching Musicians are members of two professional musiConnects quartets. Over the past 10 years, musiConnects’ two professional string quartets have focused on providing quality, free chamber music education and performance in underserved neighborhoods of Boston. At the core of its programming is the belief that high quality, live chamber performance, should be accessible to everyone, not just a privileged few. The quartets introduce serious chamber music in both traditional and non-traditional venues. musiConnects believes that this innovative method of “meeting audiences where they are,” will strip away any real or perceived barriers and will assist in building new audiences appreciative of high quality chamber music. To learn more about each of our Resident Musicians click here.
The Boston Public Quartet
The Boston Public Quartet (BPQ), formed in 2007 as the permanent ensemble-in-residence of musiConnects, is a professional, community-centered string quartet, consisting of violinists Betsy Hinkle and Karl Ørvik, violist Jason Amos, and cellist Jaehee Ju. Based in Boston’s Mattapan and Roslindale neighborhoods, the BPQ focuses on actively engaging its community through performance and educational activities.
The Boston Public Quartet has performed in a variety of venues, including the Mattapan Library, Harvard Musical Association, Carriage House Violins, Emmanuel Church, Hyde Park Community Center, United South End Settlements, Hibernian Hall, and Church of the Holy Spirit, Mattapan.
Since 2012, the Boston Public Quartet has performed as part of the Neighborhood Arts initiative of Celebrity Series of Boston, providing live performance experiences in Boston neighborhoods. In 2014, the BPQ was honored to be invited to perform a the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. as part of a day of remembrance for the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings.
In tandem with its annual performance schedule, the BPQ is fully committed to increasing access to Classical music through weekly educational programming. Comprised of devoted teachers, the Boston Public Quartet serves as one of musiConnects’ two resident quartets. Inspired by Community MusicWorks, an award-winning program based in Providence, musiConnects and its evolving network of supporters have created a successful string quartet residency at the James J. Chittick Elementary School in Mattapan and Charles Sumner Elementary in Roslindale, created a neighborhood chamber music program called Chamber Kids, and started a community music lessons private study program. Beginning with nine students in 2007, musiConnects has grown to serve almost 100 students in 2015-2016.
Members of the Boston Public Quartet hold advanced degrees in music from the New England Conservatory of Music, Boston University, Yale, and Indiana University.
The Sumner Quartet
The Sumner Quartet, formed in 2012, is a professional, community-centered string quartet consisting of violinists Joshua Addison and David Rubin, violist Elizabeth Stefan, and cellist Jacques Wood. Sumner Quartet members serve as musiConnects Resident Musicians, teaching alongside their colleagues (Boston Public Quartet & violinist Rachel Panitch) at the Lena Park CDC in Dorchester, the Mildred Avenue Community Center, and the KIPP Academy in Mattapan.
Highlights of recent Sumner Quartet seasons include concerts with the Celebrity Series of Boston's Neighborhood Arts Initiative and Free For All Concert Fund, an interactive performance at the Mass Audubon Boston Nature Center, a Black History Month program exploring the works of Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, and a Fellowship Quartet residency at the Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music. This season, the Sumner Quartet presents recitals for University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth, Powers Music School, and the Free for All fund; offers pop-up performances in conjunction with musiConnects Errands Tour; and contributes to musiConnects' 10th-anniversary recording project.
Watch the full performance of the Boston Public Quartet performing at The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. on April 15, 2014 as part of a day of remembrance for the victims of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings.
See a current schedule of BPQ, SQ and other musiConnects performances on our Events page.
For a press kit or to book the Boston Public Quartet, or the Sumner Quartet for a performance, please contact us.